'Faith and Creation: A Call to Mission'

Event at LACE on Saturday 24 October

Join Columban missionaries, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, the Liverpool Justice & Peace Commission and others for a day exploring responses to Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si' on Saturday 24 October, from 10am to 4pm, at The Conference Centre at LACE in Liverpool.

Laudato Si': On the Care of our Common Home is a reminder to all Christians that care for creation is a core element of our faith. The Columban missionaries have long been a prophetic voice in the campaign for greater awareness of climate change and its impact on the poorest communities.

Ellen Teague of Columban JPIC and Dominican John O'Connor OP will speak and set the scene for participants to engage in practical action. The day will continue with the celebration of Mass by Archbishop Malcolm, followed by an afternoon dedicated to exploring Laudato Si' more deeply so as to arrive at practical ways in which all who attend can contribute to the care of our common home.

Facilitated by James Trewby of Columban Justice & Peace Education, the day is organised as a gesture of thanks for the welcome and generous support received from Liverpool's parishes when the Columban missionaries visited for their annual appeal. The event, which will be attended by the Columban mission appeal team, is open to everyone interested in taking part.

About the speakers          
Ellen Teague has been working with the Columban Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) team for 25 years and is a lifelong campaigner for greater awareness of the devastating impact of climate change, especially on the poor. Ellen will draw on Laudato Si' and the experience of Columban missionaries to illustrate the ecological crisis facing the world and its human roots.

John O'Connor OP is prior and secretary of studies at Blackfriars in Oxford, a Dominican friar, Catholic priest and moral philosopher. He will give an introduction to the theology of creation presented in Laudato Si' and the lines of approach and action we can take from a faith perspective.

Event registration
Register to attend via Eventbrite or contact Helen Dufficy in the Columban Mission Office.
Tel: 01564 772 096 Email: helen.dufficy@columbans.co.uk
There is no charge for this event, but a voluntary donation of £10 per person is suggested. All those attending will receive a welcome pack, with a copy of Laudato Si', and lunch.
The Missionary Society of St Columban (Columban missionaries) is a Catholic organisation working in 15 countries with a special commitment to Asia and Latin America. Columbans are missionaries who go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the Good News of Jesus Christ. In Britain, the Columban presence aims to encourage and listen to the local Church in its efforts to reach out beyond its boundaries.

Sharing our Columban mission experience, we respond to our call in Britain by raising awareness of Columban missions overseas; working in solidarity with the poor and the exploited earth, for justice, peace and the integrity of creation; promoting life-giving relationships between peoples of different cultures and religions; and facilitating the exchange of personnel and resources between Britain and other places where Columbans work.