Columban Resources to support Pope Francis' Laudato Si’

Media Release

Based on the experiences in the countries where we work, Columban Missionaries around the world have been offering their stories and resources over many years that support the message of Pope Francis' Laudato Si’.

Read the Columban media release: Pope Francis stirs up a storm.

Laudato Si' audio podcast

"Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore (Praise be to you, my Lord)"

In the words of this beautiful canticle, St Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. In 2015, Columban Missionaries welcomed and celebrated the release of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si’ (published 18 June 2015).

Laudato Si’ Study and Action Guide

Columban Missionaries in the United States at the Columban Centre for Advocacy and Outreach, have compiled a Laudato Si’ Study and Action Guide to help people learn and reflect on Pope Francis’ teaching, and find direction on ways to respond. Suitable for individuals and small groups.

Columban Liturgy Resources

Click here for up-to-date and deeply prayerful resources that bring together the ecological expertise and knowledge of prayer and liturgy of the Columban fathers.

Columban Newsletter

  • Explore the Columban eConnections newsletter archive featuring articles based on the themes of Peace, Ecology and Justice

Discussion Guides

Suitable for groups and individuals:

The Lantern Series The Lantern Series
Focuses on Evangelisation - Witnessing Christ in the World and tells stories of what Jesus means in Australia today.
The Gospel of Life The Gospel of Life
A series of 10 discussion and action sheets on Biblical themes of justice.
The Way of Peace Anzac Centeneray Edition Way of Peace: ANZAC Centenary Edition (1915 - 2015)
A set of 8 discussion and action sheets enabling Christian reflection and response during the time of the Anzac Centenary and beyond.
The Way of Peace The Way of Peace
A set of 8 discussion and action sheets based on developing a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence.

Faith Ecology Network

Explore the Faith Ecology Network (FEN) website. FEN is an interfaith network which works at strengthening dialogue between faith and ecology and is facilitated through the Columban Centre for Peace, Ecology & Justice.


Stations of the Forests (Australian Version)  Stations of the Forests (DVD Australian Version)
This prayerful resource laments the stages in the death of part of God’s Creation. It incorporates issues related to rainforest destruction: extractive industries, loss of biodiversity and climate change. 
Linking Ecology and Religion Linking Ecology and Religion
How can religion and science enhance each other? Watch a 10-part video series that explores the link between Ecology and Religion and features participants from a week-long immersion program in the Burren National Park, Ireland.


Click here Read from a list of articles and resources published by the Peace, Ecology and Justice office

Columban Books

By Fr Sean McDonagh SSC:
(Visit Good Reads to view the book listing below)

  • Climate Change: The Challenge to All of Us
  • Dying for Water
  • Fukushima, The End of Nuclear Energy?
  • Passion for the Earth
  • The Death of Life: The Horror of Extinction
  • The Greening of the Church
  • To Care for the Earth

By Fr Charles Rue SSC:

Columban Missionaries - Worldwide links

United Kingdom

United States

  • Centre for Advocacy and Outreach: Focuses on Migration, Economic Justice, Peace and Reconciliation and Environmental Justice in the region of the United States