Season of Creation 2019

November 14, 2019 4:16 pm

The Season of Creation is this special time of year when Christians from all around the world unite to pray and act for our common home. This year, we experienced a bolder sense of sense of momentum and unity across the Christian family.

Pope Francis in Season of Creation event at the Vatican

Leadership by Pope Francis

Pope Francis contributed ground-breaking leadership to the season this year. The first-ever papal message on the Season of Creation opened the season, and the first-ever papal Season of Creation event closed it.

Throughout the season, Pope Francis posted about it on social media. These included tweets on prayer, lifestyle and advocacy, and the #SeasonOfCreation hashtag and an Instagram post on his Season of Creation event, among others.

This milestone in Vatican leadership builds on decades of action in communities around the world.

Pope Francis in Season of Creation event at the Vatican

Leadership by Pope Francis

Pope Francis contributed ground-breaking leadership to the season this year. The first-ever papal message on the Season of Creation opened the season, and the first-ever papal Season of Creation event closed it.

Throughout the season, Pope Francis posted about it on social media. These included tweets on prayer, lifestyle and advocacy, and the #SeasonOfCreation hashtag and an Instagram post on his Season of Creation event, among others.

This milestone in Vatican leadership builds on decades of action in communities around the world.

Season of Creation event in the Philippines, photo Diocese of Cubao

Grassroots momentum

1,250 events, including almost 350 climate strikes, were held to celebrate the season.

Here is a very small sampling of events from around the world:

Grassroots momentum

1,250 events, including almost 350 climate strikes, were held to celebrate the season.

Here is a very small sampling of events from around the world:

Archbishop Chong at Season of Creation event

Episcopal leadership

In 2018, a call for the Church to celebrate the season was delivered in a Vatican conference on Laudato Si’. This year, Mons. Bruno Marie Duffé, the secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, issued a letter inviting bishops and pastors to celebrate.

A wide range of bishops published statements in its support this year.

Statements and resources were published by bishops in the USA (Burlington, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indianapolis, Indiana, San Antonio, Texas, Chicago, Illinois), Europe (EU Bishops conference, England and Wales, Ireland, Belgium), Asia (Philippines), and Latin America (Lima and Brazil).

These statements demonstrate that Catholic bishops across the globe are embracing this moment on the annual calendar. Along with their sisters and brothers, bishops are finding that this season sparks the unity that communities draw on all year long.

Episcopal leadership

In 2018, a call for the Church to celebrate the season was delivered in a Vatican conference on Laudato Si’. This year, Mons. Bruno Marie Duffé, the secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, issued a letter inviting bishops and pastors to celebrate.

A wide range of bishops published statements in its support this year.

Statements and resources were published by bishops in the USA (Burlington, Vermont, Massachusetts, Indianapolis, Indiana, San Antonio, Texas, Chicago, Illinois), Europe (EU Bishops conference, England and Wales, Ireland, Belgium), Asia (Philippines), and Latin America (Lima and Brazil).

These statements demonstrate that Catholic bishops across the globe are embracing this moment on the annual calendar. Along with their sisters and brothers, bishops are finding that this season sparks the unity that communities draw on all year long.

Season of Creation climate strike in the USA

Advocacy

The Season of Creation is an opportunity to stand together for moral climate policies, and this year we stood strong.

  • Catholics organized or co-led nearly 350 climate strikes in 43 countries.
  • The Catholic divestment movement reached new heights, with the divestment from fossil fuels of 16 more Catholic institutions, including the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and Caritas agencies in Italy, Singapore, Australia, and Norway.

Advocacy

The Season of Creation is an opportunity to stand together for moral climate policies, and this year we stood strong.

  • Catholics organized or co-led nearly 350 climate strikes in 43 countries.
  • The Catholic divestment movement reached new heights, with the divestment from fossil fuels of 16 more Catholic institutions, including the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and Caritas agencies in Italy, Singapore, Australia, and Norway.

Season of Creation prayer service in Ecuador

Solidarity across cultures

This year, the conclusion of the Season of Creation coincided with the start of the synod on the Amazon. A focus on indigenous Amazonian perspectives connected care for this beautiful place in creation with the wider community of the faithful.

Solidarity across traditions

The season is an ecumenical celebration, and church communities across the Christian tradition led events. A letter signed by high-level leaders expressed support for this season, and local volunteers embraced it.

From an Anglican animal blessing in New South Wales to an interfaith prayer service in the US to an Evangelical retreat in Angola, the Christian family found unity in our shared values of honoring the Creator and protecting creation.

Solidarity online

For those who wanted to reflect more deeply on the topics of the season, the Season of Creation steering committee organized two webinars.

An ecumenical online prayer service closed the season on 4 October with reflection from Bishop Mark MacDonald, Anglican Church of Canada’s first National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop. A mid-season webinar explored why biodiversity matters to Christians.

Solidarity across cultures

This year, the conclusion of the Season of Creation coincided with the start of the synod on the Amazon. A focus on indigenous Amazonian perspectives connected care for this beautiful place in creation with the wider community of the faithful.

Solidarity across traditions

The season is an ecumenical celebration, and church communities across the Christian tradition led events. A letter signed by high-level leaders expressed support for this season, and local volunteers embraced it.

From an Anglican animal blessing in New South Wales to an interfaith prayer service in the US to an Evangelical retreat in Angola, the Christian family found unity in our shared values of honoring the Creator and protecting creation.

Solidarity online

For those who wanted to reflect more deeply on the topics of the season, the Season of Creation steering committee organized two webinars.

An ecumenical online prayer service closed the season on 4 October with reflection from Bishop Mark MacDonald, Anglican Church of Canada’s first National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop. A mid-season webinar explored why biodiversity matters to Christians.

Season of Creation reflection in Italy

About the season

This Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action for our common home. It is observed each year from September 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis. An ecumenical steering committee suggests a theme for each year and provide free resources to help Christian communities celebrate. The suggested theme of this year’s celebration is the “web of life”.

More information about the season is here.

Season of Creation reflection in Italy

About the season

This Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action for our common home. It is observed each year from September 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis. An ecumenical steering committee suggests a theme for each year and provide free resources to help Christian communities celebrate. The suggested theme of this year’s celebration is the “web of life”.

More information about the season is here.