Facilitated by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) Medical Mission Sisters in Umoja Kenya were privileged to host a workshop on Laudato Sí, the encyclical of Pope Francis on Care for our Common Home. The workshop focused on ecological conversion, partnering with those working for healing the Earth, making conscious personal choices, and being animators in inviting others to an ecological consciousness.
In Uganda MMS from the Bukoto and Tororo communities launched a Laudato Sí garden on the Tororo grounds. During the blessing of the Laudato Sí garden, each member took a turn to plant a tree and there was rejoicing thereafter as all sung and danced with creation in the newly blessed garden among the newly planted trees.
Sisters Josephine Nafula and Immaculate Tusingwire, who are already certified Laudato Sí animators, continue to work closely with GCCM and giving workshops and retreats to the religious, priests and lay people on Laudato Sí and eco spirituality. Sister Immaculate writes:
Ever since I started giving Laudato Sí workshops at the Ugandan Religious Secretariat, I have come to appreciate the power of a conversation. Climate conversation does not leave any person the same, it re-awakens and restores something within us. No wonder Pope Francis was so clear about the goal of Laudato Sí Encyclical, “To enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.”
More and more people in Africa and around the world are coming to an ecological consciousness and beginning to integrate ecological practices in their different work areas and mission involvements. As we celebrate the Earth Day, I pray that all of us become more painfully aware that we cannot fail to act. May we all work and journey hand in hand as we restore ourselves and our Earth.
Photo: Even little children had a chance to plant a tree.