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Diocese of Parramatta Launches Laudato Si’ Action Plan

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Bishop Vincent Long mid-speech talking to camera against the background of the Parramatta river. Text at the bottom reads, "Dear friends, we are in a time of environmental crisis."

The Diocese of Parramatta have launched their own Laudato Si’ Action Campaign which will cover their schools, parishes and some organisations. 

In a launch video shared on 22nd of April, Bishop Vincent Long and members of their new Laudato Si’ Action Team share their plans to implement Laudato Si’ and create a sustainable future for their Diocese. 

The video starts with an acknowledgement of country by Jarara the Indigenous Unit in Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta. 

Students, principals, parishioners, priests and religious share their thoughts and enthusiasm for the campaign. 

Launch video for Diocese of Parramatta Laudato Si’ Action Campaign

It also shares examples of initiatives already occurring in the Diocese such as at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in partnership with the Uniting Church. They participate in community advocacy campaigns, have solar panels and provide food for people seeking asylum. 

Penola Catholic College in Emu Plains at the foot of the Blue Mountains has a campaign run by students part of Josephites Activists for Climate. They attended the Faith Leaders Climate Summit. They met with Federal politicians at the Summit and then took what they’ve learnt to their school and fellow students, creating a recycling campaign with proceeds going to the local Vinnies Conference. 

Bishop Long committed the Diocese of Parramatta to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform’s seven-year journey, the first step being an assessment to know where action is needed most as they take their first steps towards reaching the seven Laudato Si’ Goals. 

They invite all parishioners, schools and organisations to do the same and contact the Laudato Si’ Action Team for any questions or to help them drive this change while being accompanied on the journey. 

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