Dear Superior General,
Peace and all good! Thank you for your many efforts to make this world a better place. On June 18, 2018 we launched the two-year UISG Campaign: Sowing Hope for the Planet to share our efforts of putting Laudato Si into practice.
During this time, we are urging you to heed the call of Pope Francis for an ecological conversion “to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and to discover what each of us can do about it.” (LS #19)
We encourage you to reflect more deeply on Laudato Si and to consider ways to make this message a reality, both personally and within our communities. We have already had 3 webinars and a video for the Season of Creation to help develop this theme. You will continue to be notified of various opportunities that are available for your participation.
For this campaign, we request you to nominate a member of your congregation who will take responsibility for notifying the members of the congregation about materials, campaigns, video, webinars etc. available and who will organize prayer opportunities, observance of International Days related to the environment and various local, national or international celebrations. Your community JPIC Promoter may be the person to ask to assist with this coordination or, if this is not possible, another designated person to be responsible for helping your congregation join in this campaign. We also encourage you in the future to share what you are doing within your constellation groupings.
We have launched a special website for this campaign to help coordinate and share the many activities that religious are doing. Please go to www.sowinghopefortheplanet.org Here we are listing the information by language English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
In March 2019, we will begin to collect data on participation using a simple survey which will close on April 25.
At the May Assembly we will invite you again to reflect on the input for this experience and consider the ratification of a statement that would promote the position of UISG regarding Sowing Hope for the Planet.
Every website for UISG, JPIC Commission and Global Catholic Climate Movement will be promoting the campaign. For any questions or contact regarding this campaign please email Sr. Sheila Kinsey, FCJM, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much for considering your involvement in the important work of Sowing Hope for the Planet.
United in prayer and in collaboration with,
Sr. Carmen Sammut msola Sr. Patricia Murray ibvm Sr. Sheila Kinsey, FCJM
President – UISG Executive Secretary – UISG Executive Co-Secretary JPIC Commission of UISG-USG