Since the release of Laudato Si' in 2015 schools across the diocese have been on a journey of ecological conversion which has involved not only environmental action but also theological and spiritual formation that encourages an exploration of our call to care for our world. In 2022 seven schools engaged in the formation day, Praise Be! Living Our Ecological Conversion.
Picking up some of the threads from the previous staff formation day, Who is my Neighbour? Called to Ecological Conversion, schools tapped back into some of the rich theology of Laudato Si’, looked at the implications of this and were given some space to reflect on faith and what it means to be a human being on this planet with a 21st Century understanding of the world, its origins and complexities.
The day utilises prayer, visuals, songs, movies, poetry and art enabling participants to reflect and experience individual and group dialogue with opportunity to pause and rest with sabbath time.
The seven schools in 2022 were: St Michael's Mittagong, St Brigid's Gwynneville, Ss Peter & Paul Kiama, Stella Maris Shellharbour, St Michael's Thirroul, St Francis of Assisi Warrawong and St Pius X Unanderra.
For further information about this ecological conversion formation please contact Beth Riolo.