First diocesan parish accepts Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ challenge

By Zoey Maraist
Catholic Herald
April 19, 2023

The Care for Our Common Home Ministry at St. John Neumann Church in Reston wants to be more than just the recycling club. They hope to inspire the whole parish in the same way they were inspired by “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the environment. The ministry recently had the opportunity to contemplate more ways to integrate the church’s ecological teachings into the life of the parish when they enrolled in the Vatican’s Laudato Si Action Platform.

St. John Neumann is the first parish in the diocese to enroll in the platform, a program and associated website sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development that equips Catholic institutions, communities, families and households to implement Laudato Si’. Enrolling involves submitting a reflection document and an action plan for the first year. The action plan will be updated each year. The diocese already has enrolled.

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