Last night’s culminating Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church (LSUS) session was called “inspirational, moving, humbling, touching, and a needed moment of celebration and community” by many of those attending! A press release with information about the honorees is available here.
During the session, Catholic Climate Covenant recognized 13 U.S. organizations and individuals as “U.S. Laudato Si’ Champions”. These champions, and the 16 “honorary mentions”, are truly embodying and living the spirit of Laudato Si’. We salute these Catholic individuals, families, schools, businesses, dioceses, and other institutions across the United States who have made outstanding achievements in environmental sustainability and justice.
We invite you to read details about all of the winners here.
Enjoy watching the recording of the awards session here.
You can watch all the LSUS session recordings here.
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Thank you for accompanying us on this journey towards ecological conversion. As Sr. Kathleen Deignan, CND said during her acceptance speech:
“I wish to salute all the Laudato Si’ Champions waiting in the wings. I want to bless you with the blessing I received and that I must pass on…dare to share a vision of that new Earth your passion will restore to life of every being…dare to preach it and sing it. Be bold and imaginative in serving our Mother Earth. The grace will be given. Pour your life into it. Consecrate all your gifts to it. and let creation care be your great work as it has been mine for these many, many decades.”
We are thrilled at how this year’s LSUS conference highlighted the faith-filled work being done at all levels of the U.S. Catholic Church to respond to the global crises of climate change, ecological deterioration, and poverty.
We face many daunting challenges, but we remain hopeful and committed to honor the spirit of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si’ and to do so as we animate the Laudato Si’ Action Platform within the United States.
Catholic Climate Covenant