Faith and Creation: A Call to Mission

7th October 2015 - by Stephen Awre

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All are invited to a day in Liverpool on 24th October to explore responses to Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’.  Ellen Teague of Columban JPIC and Dominican John O’Connor OP will speak and set the scene for participants to engage in practical action.

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2015 has been a good year for the Columbans. The 1400th anniversary of St. Columban, their patron, the release of Laudato Si’, supporting Proclaim ’15 in Birmingham and sharing their experience of mission in the parishes of the Liverpool Archdiocese through the Annual Mission Appeal.

This day, facilitated by James Trewby, Columban Justice and Peace Education Worker, is organised as a gesture of thanks for the warm welcome and generous support we have received from Liverpool’s parishes and is open to anyone interested in taking part.  The Columban Mission Appeal Team will be there and we are delighted that Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP will be joining us.

Ellen Teague has been working with the Columban Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team for 25 years and is a life-long campaigner for greater awareness of the devastating impact of climate change, especially for the poor.  Ellen will draw on Laudato Si’ and the experience of Columban missionaries to illustrate the ecological crisis facing the world and its human roots.

John O’Connor OP is Prior and Secretary of Studies at Blackfriars in Oxford, a Dominican Friar, Catholic priest and moral philosopher.  He will give an introduction to the theology of creation presented in Laudato Si’ and the lines of approach and action we can take from a faith perspective.

The day will continue with the celebration of Mass with the Archbishop and an afternoon dedicated to exploring Laudato Si’ more deeply towards arriving at practical ways in which all those who attend can contribute to the care of our common home.

Register to attend via Eventbrite or contact Helen Dufficy Tel: 01564 772 096 E-mail:

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