Creation Care Team

Our Mission

To encourage a deeper awareness of our duties to God’s creation and to take action at the individual, state, and national levels with a focus on prayer, energy efficiency, conservation, and advocacy efforts.

From Pope Francis, June 14, 2019

"Dear friends, time is running out! Deliberations must go beyond mere exploration of what can be done, and concentrate on what needs to be done, starting today. We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward, or of prioritizing short-term economic benefits. The climate crisis requires 'our decisive action, here and now' (Laudato Si’, 161) and the Church is fully committed to playing her part."

Upcoming Events

Laudato Si' Week: May 16 - 24

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato Si', Pope Francis invites the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and all people of good will to participate in Laudato Si' Week, a nine-day global campaign taking place May 16-24. Sign-up with the Global Catholic Climate Movement, GCCM to engage with ways to pray, learn, and act to care for God’s creation. 

During Laudato Si' Week our Cathedral’s Care for Creation Team will host two Laudato Si’ Sessions, May 17 and May 24, 3pm; and facilitates through the Global Catholic Climate Movement: Laudato Si' and the Catholic Social Teaching, Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam,Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, May 18, 10am; it also features Wim Wender’s documentary Pope Francis. A Man of His Word, with a post-screening discussion, May 20, 6pm - 8:30pm, and an information sessions about the Cathedral’s transition to 100% renewable electricity, in harmony with the efforts of the ADW, May 23, 11am

Let us celebrate together with Pope Francis! This is how we can celebrate Laudato Si' Week together:

Emailtheco-coordinators to join the activities listed below: Phil Downey at phildowney.jr@gmail.com and Simone Seym at simone.seym@gmail.com to receive the meeting number and passwords. You will also need to send an email to receive the call-in number and password to phone into the meeting. 

  • May 17: 3pm - 4:30pm Laudato Si’ Study Series, Chapter 5: Lines of Approach and Action (scroll down for more information on series).
  • May 18: 10am -11:30am Laudato Si Week Global Catholic Climate Movement presents: What does our faith say? Laudato Si' and the Catholic Social Teaching,presentation by Fr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, Coordinator of the Sector of “Ecology and Creation” at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, chair of Philosophy of Science and Director of the Institute of Social and Political Sciences at the Salesian; facilitated by Simone Seym. 
  • May 20: 6pm - 8:30pm Wim Wenders, Pope Francis. A Man of His Word (2018, 92. min.) documentary screening and post-screening discussion via Zoom. Facilitated by Simone Seym & Phil Downey.
  • May 23: 11am - 12pm Celebrate St. Matthew’s transition to 100% renewable electricity, in harmony with the efforts of the ADW, information session via Zoom. Presented by Phil Downey.
  • May 24: 3pm - 4:30pm Laudato Si’ Study Series via Zoom: Chapter 6: Ecological Education and Spirituality.This is our final session on this 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’. Let’s celebrate to “Care for our Common Home"!

ONGOING: Laudato Si' Sunday Online Study Series

Update: Due to recent concerns about the security of the Zoom platform, we have updated the invitation to our Sunday sessions incorporating the enhanced security features recommended by Zoom and other authorities. You will have to enter both a meeting number and a password in order to enter into the "waiting room". When the meeting begins, we will then welcome you into the meeting. These extra steps will help protect your identity and ensure the best possible meeting.

Email the co-coordinators Phil Downey at phildowney.jr@gmail.com and Simone Seym at simone.seym@gmail.com to receive the meeting number and passwords. You will also need to send an email to receive the call-in number and password to phone into the meeting. 

Pope Francis has invited Catholic communities around the world to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week, May 16 to May 24. He invites us to take an honest look at our progress in the five years since Laudato Si was released and to consider the next steps in our “ecological conversion”. In response to Pope Francis’ invitation, the co-chairs of the Creation Care Team, Phil Downey and Simone Seym, will host the Laudato Si’ Online Study Series, a seven-week web-based series on Sundays from 3pm to 4pm, starting April 5 and ending May 24 (no session on Easter Sunday).

Schedule: A weekly series in seven parts occurring on Sundays from 3pm to 4pm except Easter Sunday. We will start Sunday, April 5 and conclude on Sunday, May 24, the last day of Laudato Si' week!

Curriculum: Our detailed curriculum is in development but will generally track with the chapters of Laudato Si’ (click for online version of encyclical). Preparation at Home: Please read the weekly chapter of Laudato Si’ in advance of each session. This will result in a much richer experience.

Session Dates:
  • April 5: Introduction to Laudato Si’, Explanation of the Curriculum, Technical instruction how to use ZOOM
  • April 12: Easter Sunday - no session
  • April 19: Chapter 1: What is Happening to Our Common Home?
  • April 26: Chapter 2: The Gospel of Creation
  • May 3: Chapter 3: The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis 
  • May 10: Chapter 4: Integral Ecology
  • May 17: Chapter 5: Lines of Approach and Action
  • May 24: Chapter 6: Ecological Education and Spirituality

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Creation Care Team at the 2019 AWS Earth Day Clean Up