Laudato Si’ Circles

Laudato Si’ Circles are small groups of people who gather regularly to deepen their relationship with God as Creator and all members of creation, in the light of the Laudato Si’ encyclical and the urgency to tackle climate change and the ecological crisis. Laudato Si’ Circles are rooted in three pillars of prayer, simplicity, and communal action.

WHAT ARE CIRCLES ABOUT

Laudato Si’ Circles regularly engage in:

Prayer

Prayer with and for creation, for instance through praying outside or an ecological examen,

Reflection and discernment

Reflection and discernment on participants’ ongoing process of ecological conversion, particularly as it relates to issues of simplicity and consumption, and

Group action

Group action, such as local community engagement and activism, greening of local Catholic facilities, fossil fuel divestment, participation in Season of Creation, and more.

Circles can meet on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the group. The format is flexible enough for Circles to take place in a wide variety of contexts: homes, parishes, student groups, etc. Potentially you already have a local group and this could be a useful format to assist you in your journey, drawing inspiration from fellow Circles around the globe.

“The ecological conversion needed to bring about lasting change is also a community conversion.” (LS 219)

WHY ARE CIRCLES IMPORTANT

  1. We all need a community to live the Laudato Si’ message. We can’t do it alone, we need a group of peers.
  2. The local level is where real action can take place, given the inaction of national governments and international forums.
  3. The urgency couldn’t be greater. The severity of climate change and the ecological crisis require immediate bold action.

Register your Circle

Register your Circle

Contact [email protected] to inform us about the existence of your Circle, so we can send you useful updates and resources to facilitate your group.

“While the existing world order proves powerless to assume its responsibilities, local individuals and groups can make a real difference.” (LS 179)

Resources for your Circle

Resources for your Circle

We invite you to use these resources to learn more to start a Circle.

Related Resources

Related Resources

These resources could support your Circle efforts.

  • Participate in the Laudato Si Animators online training program, which provides practical tools to animate a local group or community to take action and “live Laudato Si”.
  • Organize a Laudato Si Retreat as a way for your group to dive more deeply into the essence of the Laudato Si message. A retreat could also be a good way to engage new people to join your Circle.

Additional questions are welcomed.
Please contact [email protected]