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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

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Season of Creation: Sept 21 - International Day of Peace

September 21, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator


The United Nations 2021 theme for International Day of Peace is Recovering Better for a Sustainable and Equitable World. "We must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.
In Laudato Si', Pope Francis calls us to undergo an ecological conversion. But what is an ecological conversion? Laudato Si' Movement, formerly Global Catholic Climate Movement, defines ecological conversion as "the transformation of hearts and minds toward greater love of God, each other, and creation. It is a process of acknowledging our contribution to the social and ecological crisis and acting in ways that nurture communion: healing and renewing our common home." 
Ecological conversion was first used in the Catholic Church by St. John Paul II during his papacy on January 17, 2001. The Laudato Si' Movement provides background and greater context in their article “What is an ecological conversion?”

What is "Ecological Conversion?"


Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Education highlighted




“...we must examine our lives and acknowledge the ways in which we have harmed God's creation through our actions and our failure to act. We need to experience a conversion, or change of heart.”
- Laudato Si' 218

Read Laudato Si’


Sisters reading wall


Laudato Si' Movement has over 8,000 certified Animators, 800+ member organizations, and dozens of Chapters active on six continents working hard every day to bring Laudato Si' to life. To date, three CSA Sisters have received in-depth online Laudato Si' Animator training and certification and have been inspiring our community to care for creation. To certify an animator's training, one must submit a capstone project. Last week we learned of the "How Does your Garden Grow" initiative. 
Today we get a glimpse of another animator project - an art wall in the Motherhouse dining room, in which entries such as poetry, artwork, photos, book reviews, news articles, prayers, scripture, history items, and testimony to how Sisters personally hear the cry of the Earth and the cry of those most affected by climate change have been accumulating since the start of the Season of Creation.

Sister Rose Sisters Jean, Dolores, and Mark Sister Lucy

Interested in being among the next certified Laudato Si' Animators? Sign up for the free Laudato Si’ Animator training course that will help you understand the root causes of the climate crisis and give you the tools you need to lead your community in bringing Laudato Si’ to life.

Learn about Laudato Si' Animator Training



That this day be devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through nonviolence and cease fire, and may we all be inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to transform our world into one more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier, we pray.

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