Home/Stay Informed/All Diocesan Articles

All Diocesan Articles



In Case You Missed It: Laudato Si' Week 2020

Posted on May 15, 2020 in: News

In Case You Missed It: Laudato Si' Week 2020

Laudato Si’ Week has begun, and thousands of Catholics from all over the world have joined in.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Holy Spirit moved the faithful during a two-day retreat that left many in tears of sorrow for our common home and tears of joy for the hope we share.

On May 20, the Vatican’s Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies and Christiana Figueres, an architect of the Paris climate agreement, inspired thousands more by sharing how Laudato Si’ remains as “prophetic and relevant as ever.”

Christiana Figueres

“It was always evident to all of us who work on climate change that climate change was the mother of all injustices. But it had never been put as beautifully and as compellingly as in Laudato Si'.

In Fiji, communities are coming together daily to reflect on Laudato Si’. In Kenya, a tree-planting ceremony gave new life to start Laudato Si’ Week. And in Argentina, Catholics united to learn more about divestment and the prophetic role it can play.


If you missed the retreat and/or webinar, you’re encouraged to watch them on YouTube.


Your participation in Laudato Si’ Week is a sign of hope for all creation and our most vulnerable sisters and brothers. Thank you!



A listing of the activities for the week is below:


16-17 MAY | Laudato Si’ Week Retreat with Tomás Insua   

Laudato Si’ Week begins with a two-day retreat to deepen our spirits. Grow in gratitude and connect with people around the world through prayer, reflections on the encyclical, and time with creation. Hear both the cry and the song of creation and find hope for the future. Group conversations and interactive exercises enrich the experience. Register here for this two-day event (English only)

Our featured speaker is Tomás Insua. Tomás co-founded GCCM after being awakened to the close connections between the climate crisis and social justice during a life-altering trip to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Tomás also served in the UN Climate Secretariat for COP21, worked as a marketeer for Google, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard's Kennedy School. This conversation takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 May. (English only)


18 MAY | Laudato Si’ at 5 with Christiana Figueres and Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies


 This conversation takes place on Monday, 18 May. It is at 8:00 am

Explore Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on our common home and its deep roots in our faith. Learn how Laudato Si’ reflects millennia of Christian thought in a new way for today’s ecological crisis from a top Laudato Si’ expert at the Vatican. An interactive format will help us share how the encyclical has touched us as individuals.

Our featured speakers are Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Figueres was an architect of the Paris climate agreement and has continued her leadership of the global climate movement.

Fr. Augusto Zampini-Davies, adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development, helps lead the Vatican’s work on Laudato Si’. He is the former theological adviser to CAFOD and an Honorary Fellow at Durham University, Roehampton University, and Stellenbosh University.

19 MAY | Eco-spirituality with Mary Evelyn Tucker  

This conversation takes place on Tuesday, 19 May. It’s at 9:00 am

Reflect on the spiritual depths that we stand on as we work to protect our common home. Through prayer, scholarship, and living examples, we’ll dive into the theology and spiritual practices that strengthen us. The gifts of the spirit are truly needed to conquer the challenges we face, and our faith is a transformative force for good.

 Our featured speaker is Mary Evelyn Tucker, who co-founded and leads the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, which “informs and inspires people to preserve, protect, and restore the Earth community.” She is also a senior lecturer and research scholar in the university’s joint Master of Arts program in religion and ecology.

20 MAY | Sustainability with Yeb Saño  

This conversation takes place on Wednesday, 20 May. It is at 9:00 am

Learn how Catholic people and institutions can make a big difference in the global race to protect our common home. Catholics–who make up nearly one-seventh of the world’s population–are showing extraordinary leadership while making a real contribution reducing our impact on the Earth. This is a practical, action-oriented conversation.

Our featured speaker is Yeb Saño, who was the lead climate negotiator for the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), a disaster linked to climate change that killed thousands of people. Yeb's tearful plea to protect his people shook the COP19 climate negotiations. Since then, Yeb has marched thousands of kilometers on climate pilgrimages and taken up leadership as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. He is a member of the GCCM board of directors.

20 MAY | Advocacy

This conversation takes place on Wednesday, 20 May. It is at 11:00 am

Learn how advocating for policies that protect the most vulnerable among us is part and parcel of our faith. From in-depth exploration of the ways that we harm “the least among us” to practical tips for putting our faith into action, this session offers essential guidance to building a better world for the long term. An interactive format offers the opportunity to share ideas and hear the personal experiences of Catholics from around the world.

This event is co-sponsored by GCCM and CIDSE. Our featured speaker will be announced soon!

22 MAY | Social Action

This conversation takes place on Friday, 22 May. It is at 9:00 am

Grow your relationships, where the Holy Spirit moves us. Learn how to build communities of care that protect the most vulnerable. Explore new ways of connecting with the people around you in common projects that draw on the transformative power of our faith. 

This event is co-sponsored by GCCM and Caritas Internationalis. Our featured speaker will be announced soon!  

To register for any or all of these offerings please click on the link below: 

Clich Here to Register



Bookmark and Share  

Our Advertisers Support Our Ministries

Please Support Our Advertisers

Most Viewed Articles of the Last 30 Days

Diocese Files Chapter 11 to Ensure Fairness and Equity for Abuse Survivors
July 15, 2021, Norwich, CT – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich today filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Code. Bankruptcy proceedings will be before Judge James J. Tancredi in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut in Hartford. In a letter from the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich which was posted to the Diocese’s website, Chapter 11 is described as the most equitable way to resolve numerous pending lawsuits alleging the abuse of students at Mount Saint John School filed against the ...

Read More

More Employment Opportunities in Education
It's that time of year - graduations for students and retirement for teachers. New postings just added.     There are a number of schools in the diocese that are looking for teachers and administrators.    Openings are posted weekly. NorwichDiocese.org/Employment.   Bookmark the site and check back often.   Please share with educators that you know.

Read More

Updated: Pope Francis Offers Condolences After ‘Heinous Assassination’ of Haiti’s President
UPDATE: Outreach to Haiti has released a statement on their website. Click here to go to it (full statement also after this article)   Vatican City (CNA) - Pope Francis has offered his condolences to the Haitian people after their President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home Wednesday by a group of gunmen. “Hearing the news of the heinous assassination … His Holiness Pope Francis offers his condolences to the Haitian people and to his wife, also seriously injured, whose life he commends to God,” said a telegram sent on...

Read More

July 25th is World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
July 25 is the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly! “It is important for grandparents to meet their grandchildren and for grandchildren to meet their grandparents, because — as the prophet Joel says — grandparents, before their grandchildren, will dream, and have illusions [great desires], and young people, taking strength from their grandparents, will go forward and prophesy.” – Pope Francis, January 31, 2021   Click here: Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly&n...

Read More

Can't Make it to Mass? View Our Online Streaming Archive
FCC News Desk Weekend Masses continue to be live streamed online and posted on the Diocese of Norwich website. Check out the following resources for online Masses:     Broadcast and Streaming Mass Schedule:   NorwichDiocese.org/Masses   Sunday morning Masses from the Cathedral of Saint Patrick are broadcast on the radio, from local radio station WICH 1310 AM. Also, daily televised Masses from the Archdiocese of Harford and EWTN are available for internet viewing live or on demand. Information on how to access them is on the...

Read More

A Tradition Continues: Blessing of the Fleet
Fishing boats in Stonington’s fleet headed out toward the harbor’s breakwater on Sunday, July 25, after a brief rain shower so the fishermen could complete a tradition that they have observed for decades. The Blessing of the Fleet remembers local fishermen who have died at sea and honors the vessels -- along with their captains, owners, crews, and families -- that will go out to sea in the year ahead. The blessing is the culmination of a weekend of events surrounding it in Stonington Borough. There was a 5K race and walk on Friday in the Borough, followed ...

Read More

Norwich, Mass, Catholic

Annual Catholic Appeal

Signup for Weekly Newsletter

    Recently Added Galleries
    Click to view album: Palm Sunday
    Click to view album: Blessing of the Fleet
    Click to view album: Mass of Ordination for Father Michael Bovino
    Click to view album: Rite of Election 2020
    Latest Articles
    A Tradition Continues: Blessing of the Fleet
    Aug 15: The Solemnity Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    Vocations: 'Thank You, Father Greg'
    A ‘True Living Medieval Experience’
    Help is Available for Challenged Marriages
    Sacraments 101: Anointing of the Sick Protects in One's Final Moments
    Letting God’s Light Shine in the Dark
    Who Was St. Christina the Astonishing? Find Out Here

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
    201 Broadway
    Norwich, CT 06360-4328
    Phone: 860-887-9294