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The outdoor ecumenical celebration of creation near Blackfriars, Hackett (Catholic Voice)

Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese marked the ecumenical Season of Creation with an inaugural “integral ecology” online pilgrimage. Source: Catholic Voice.

Six online sessions were held during the Season of Creation, September 1 to October 4, 

It was hosted by the Uniting Church presbytery and convened in collaboration with the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Vicar-General Fr Richard Thompson welcomed participants to the online pilgrimage as an early step in the archdiocese’s Year of the Holy Spirit.

The ACU team were lecturer and co-founder of the global Laudato Si Movement, Jacqui Rémond, and Dr Megan Seneque, who specialises in awareness-based systems change. 

The “integral ecology” pilgrims reflected on the call to Care for Creation in solidarity with First Australian spiritual connection and care for country. 

In small dialogue groups, pilgrims were invited to envision and discern their own responses, including ideas that integrate Church ecology teachings within their local settings.

A service to celebrate the ecumenical Season of Creation was also held in North Canberra at St Margaret’s Uniting, in concert with Holy Cross Anglican and Blackfriars (Holy Rosary) Parish.

The pilgrimage concluded at the end of the Season of Creation with Pope Francis’ exhortation Laudate Deum, released on October 4, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.


Time for reflection, celebration and collective action (By Roger Fitzgerald, Catholic Voice)