Introducing Laudato Si'

This Advent we are pleased to have arranged a series of talks Introducing Laudato Si’.

Please download yourself a copy of the document from the Vatican Website.

The four meetings will be held via Zoom on consecutive Monday evenings, starting promptly at 7.45. They will end at 9 with Night Prayer.

Father David Mills will introduce the course at the first meeting on 30th November. The theme that evening is “Reading Laudato Si’ with heart, head and hands”: the speaker, Paul Bodenham (from Nottingham Diocese), places Pope Francis’ encyclical in the context of Catholic Social Teaching and considers the question, “Why does Laudato Si’ matter?”

On 7th December, Father Michael Healy (from Bristol) asks, “Where is God’s first revelation?”, and draws encouragement from the encyclical for us to hope that we can together save Our Common Home before it is too late.

Our local CAFOD Community Participation Co-ordinator, Liz Baldwin, joins us from Bristol on 14th December, to explain how Laudato Si’ is at the heart of CAFOD’s new strategy, and talk about the LiveSimply Award for parishes and groups.

Finally, on 21st December, Sister Margaret Atkins OSA (from Lancaster Diocese) will speak in particular about the third chapter of Laudato Si’, and explain how Pope Francis traces the ‘human roots’ of the ecological crisis to what he calls the ‘technocratic paradigm’. Her talk is entitled “In quest of human flourishing”.

After the talk, there will be a period of discussion in small groups, each with a leader.

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The Speakers:

Paul Bodenham

Paul Bodenham is a trustee and former chair of the national ecumenical charity Green Christian, and a founder of Operation Noah.  He works as Programme Leader for Social Action for the Justice and Peace Commission in the Catholic diocese of Nottingham, and is leading the development of Caritas in the diocese


Fr Michael Healy

I have been serving now as a Priest of the Clifton Diocese for nearly 50 years and currently continue working in two parishes as Dean of South Bristol.

Schooled at St. Brendan’s College with the Christian Brothers, I then went to Rome training ­at the Venerable English college where I studied for degrees in both Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. My greatest joy during those seven years of formation was to have been present at the close of the Second Vatican Council when Pope St Paul VI promulgated that blockbuster document of the Church in the Modern World on the steps of St Peter’s. This famously invited us to look closely into the signs of the times by the light of faith, and not just alone but ecumenically and drawing on the wisdom of other faiths and World Religions.

In this regard I was happy over time to take two sabbaticals to India, the first to Bede Griffith's Ashram in Shantivanam and the secon
d to Sr. Vandana’s in Rishikesh by the River Ganges.

Alongside my continuing close interest in biblical studies, I undertook four periods of training in San Francisco for certification as a Teacher of the Enneagram. This ancient system offers nine different spiritual paths suitable for each person to find the best path for their growth band development.

Sr Margaret Atkins

Sr Margaret Atkins is a Canoness of St Augustine, based at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria. Previously, she taught theology at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds. She has a long-standing interest in the theology of creation and the Church’s response to the ecological crisis.

Elisabeth Baldwin

CAFOD’s work in the Catholic community of England and Wales is to inspire and resource Catholics to participate in the Church’s mission to overcome poverty and injustiElisabeth Baldwin, Portraitce in partnership with CAFOD.

In her role as the local Community Participation Coordinator for the Diocese of Clifton, Liz Baldwin recruits and supports a team of committed, inspired and well-resourced volunteers working in parish and school communities to enable and equip Catholics to connect and understand, give, act and pray.

Liz will be speaking to us about the CAFOD Live Simply award, which is an opportunity for Catholic communities - parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies - to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si' to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.