Laudato Si’ study day for clergy in Devon

Rose Lenyarua and daughter Tabitha walk across hillside in Kenya

Rose Lenyarua and daughter Tabitha walk across a hillside in Kenya


19 February 2016, 11:00am ‐ 20 February 2016 04:00pm




07920 751180



Conference centre, Buckfast Abbey, Devon, TQ11 0EE


Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On care for our common home (LS), striking in both tone and content, is a watershed document that calls the Church and, indeed, all the people of the earth to urgent action and dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. 

We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing affects us all

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In particular, the Pope invites the Church to immerse itself even more deeply into the work of protecting the Lord’s creation; with both the poorest of our brothers and sisters and the wider ecology of the earth in mind, we are called to find concrete solutions to our social and environmental crisis, because “a technological and economic development which does not leave in its wake a better world and an integrally higher quality of life cannot be considered progress” (LS, #194).

In response to the Pope’s call, clergy are invited to participate in a study day on Laudato Si’ with Rev Dr Augusto Zampini Davies, on Friday, 19 February 2016 in the Conference Centre, Buckfast Abbey, Devon.

Fr Augusto is an Argentinian Catholic priest, lawyer and moral theologian, who has been seconded to work full time as CAFOD’s theological adviser, is an Honorary Fellow at Durham and Roehampton Universities, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Margaret Beaufort Institute, University of Cambridge, and advises Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Laudato Si’ and environmental issues. He was also one of a select Caritas group invited to feed into and prepare for the publication of the encyclical.

The day at Buckfast will be part of a series of global workshops, in conjunction with Caritas and CAFOD, which have already been held in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Columbia, Bangladesh and London, plus conversations with Muslim partners in South Sudan and DRC.

This is a day is part of the ongoing formation of clergy from the Diocese of Plymouth, but all clergy from other diocese are more than welcome.

Some of the questions raised by Laudato Si’ to be considered are:

  • As people of faith, how can we heal our relationships with our neighbours, ourselves, God and the earth we inhabit?
  • What does it mean to care for our common home?
  • How do we respond to the challenge of climate change and socio-environmental degradation?
  • What would it mean to rest more, to think more and to celebrate more?
  • How could we rethink our current emphasis on economic growth as the only indicator of progress?
  • What world do we want to pass on to future generations?
  • How might these questions and answers affect our ministry?

Rather than a lecture or a conference, this is an invitation to participate in a conversation - to listen to what Pope Francis says in Laudato Si’, to listen to others, but first and foremost to contribute with your own views.

The day, we will be following the methodology of the encyclical itself – seeing what is good and what is challenging around us in our common home, reflecting on Scripture and Church teaching, asking ourselves how best to respond, and celebrating together.

Fr. Augusto and Liam Hayes from CAFOD’s Theology Programme as well as Fr Mark Skelton from the Diocese of Plymouth who is hosting the day look forward to welcoming you at 10.30 on Friday 19 February for an 11 o’clock start. Lunch will be provided and the day will end at 4 o’clock.

To book your place, please contact CAFOD Plymouth by Monday 15 February on or 07920751180, and send a cheque for £20 towards the Diocese of Plymouth’s costs of the day to CAFOD Plymouth, St Boniface House, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7JL.

The team very much look forward to sharing this opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Holy Father’s inspirational encyclical and to have an enriching discussion.

Excellent accommodation available at Buckfast Abbey, please book your stay directly with the Abbey Warden, Geoff Pring via: or 01364 645532

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