Starting Oct 6

our planet

Laudato Si 101 explores the Pope’s encyclical letter on the environment. We will describe the method used by Pope Francis to explore the crisis of the environment and its social implications, as well as how using this this method can assist us in handling the crisis as individuals, Catholic citizens and as members of the world at large.

Session 1

October 6 – 7PM to 8:30PM

See, Judge, Act
Sometimes, when you think globally, you can be paralyzed; there are so many places of conflict, suffering and need. It helps to focus on concrete situations where you see faces looking for life and love in the reality of each person. In order to take appropriate actions, we must think carefully. The Pope uses a classic method that has proven itself: “see-judge-act”. We describe it here briefly.
What is happening to our planet?
What does the Pope mean by the term ‘Our Common Home’? We will look at three major problems threatening our common home today as well as the social crisis that lay just beneath the surface of these problems. Here we take a look at some of his statements.

Session 2

October 13 – 7PM to 8:30PM

A Time to choose as catholics

Between the first step of ‘seeing’ and the third step of ‘acting’ there is an essential middle step, to discern and to choose. In this ecological crisis, we are all called to pick among the paths of the good that can lead to the future from other paths that lead us nowhere or even backwards. We call this step ‘Judge’ and we will look at some of the root causes that the Pope proposes as a way to discern our way forward. We will look at these from the perspective of being people of the Catholic faith.

a time to choose as global citizens

Can we do things differently? This session will look at two root causes of the environmental crisis that the Pope teaches from a philosophical and social point of view. In this way, we set ourselves up to discern our way forward from the perspective of of global citizens. Integral ecology, a concept near and dear to the Pope will be introduced.

Session 3

October 20 – 7PM to 8:30PM

a time to act (small scale)

We might wonder: And now what must I do? What could be my place in this future and what can I do to make it possible? The Pope makes five suggestions for action that we can do in our daily lives: reduce consumption, get closer to nature, get closer to others, engage in advocacy and …gather together to talk about Laudato Si’! Ecological conversion ….What is it and how do we get there?

A time to act (large scale)

The Pope proposes different ideas of action at different levels. This capsule will look at levels of action at the community, national and international level and how we can authentically engage in actions that can free us from troubling symptoms that come from the world of finance and power politics. We will draw on the wisdom of the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic.

Breathe !

The Pope believes that every person has the potential for ecological conversion. It starts with a deep breath and a paradox…that is, a slowing down and a speeding up all at once. In concluding the series, this capsule will offer an exercise to tap into the power of creation and let it mobilize us.


Mgr André Tiphane, C.S.S.

L’abbé André Tiphane a été ordonné prêtre pour le service de l’Église de Montréal en 1988. Ayant complété une maîtrise en sciences de la mission (St-Paul, 1993), il s’intéresse particulièrement à la transmission de la foi en milieu urbain et aux diverses formes d’expression de la foi dans le monde actuel. Il a été vicaire et curé de paroisse (poste qu’il occupe présentement), adjoint à l’office du personnel pastoral, vicaire épiscopal et vicaire général au diocèse de Montréal.

Kim Gottfried-Piché

Social Action Office

In preparing people to live out the message of Laudato Si’, Kim has led workshops on the encyclical, given pulpit presentations and coordinated various ‘green teams’ to ensure that eco-responsibility plays an important role in the planning of Catholic conferences.

As coordinator of the English sector, she invites the people of God to participate in various social justice projects which embody the principles of Catholic Social Teaching such as respect for the dignity of the human person, promotion of the common good, solidarity and care for the earth.

Prior to living in Montreal, she lived in Toronto and enjoyed 10 years as director of Catholic Campus ministry at Ryerson University. Through that work, she grew to appreciate the vision and creativity that young people bring to address the current issues of ecological justice.

Married with a one child, Kim sees Laudato Si’ as a source of inspiration and hope.



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