The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas has enrolled in the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform, joining the worldwide Catholic community in a seven-year journey toward more fully living Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. This commits us to respond to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, adopt sustainable lifestyles, practice ecological economics, nurture ecological spirituality and education, and engage in community resilience and empowerment.
The Institute Leadership Team recognizes that this Vatican-led initiative provides an opportunity to continue our transformation toward greater integrity of word and deed. It also supports our commitment to unmask and address the underlying causes of our Critical Concerns of racism, Earth, immigration, nonviolence and women, and the interconnections among them.
Our Commitment Statement
We commit to take up the 'urgent appeal' of Laudato Si' to listen and respond to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor by making it a community priority.Read Here
Laudato Si' Goals
At this kairos moment, action is needed. The Laudato Si’ Goals guide our actions. Their holistic approach supports a spiritual and cultural revolution as we strive for total sustainability in the spirit of integral ecology.
Response to the Cry of Earth
The Response to the Cry of the Earth is a call to protect our common home for the wellbeing of all, as we equitably address the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and ecological sustainability.
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Response to the Cry of the Poor
The Response to the Cry of the Poor is a call to promote eco-justice, aware that we are called to defend human life from conception to death, and all forms of life on Earth.
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Ecological Economics acknowledges that the economy is a sub-system of human society, which itself is embedded within the biosphere–our common home.
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Adoption of Sustainable Lifestyles
The Adoption of Sustainable Lifestyles is grounded in the idea of sufficiency, and promoting sobriety in the use of resources and energy.
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Ecological Education is about re-thinking and re-designing curricular and institutional reform in the spirit of integral ecology in order to foster ecological awareness and transformative action.
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Ecological Spirituality springs from a profound ecological conversion and helps us to “discover God in all things”, both in the beauty of creation and in the sighs of the sick and the groans of the afflicted, aware that the life of the spirit is not dissociated from worldly realities.
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Community Resilience and Empowerment
Community resilience and empowerment envisage a synodal journey of community engagement and participatory action at various levels.
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