Issue No 21,  March 2019

Common Good

A Secular Franciscan JPIC Monthly Newsletter from 
Franciscan Voice Canada



Youth are increasingly becoming aware & concerned about climate change and are taking action because they do not see adults doing enough fast enough
Young people attending World Youth Day 2019 called attention to the world's environmental problems, issuing what they called a "manifesto" for the "care of the common home." A creative collaboration between the Vatican’s Pontifical Council of the Laity and the Italian Ministry of Environment, the manifesto is the brainchild of the Director General of the Ministry of Environment, Corrado Clini who said "I have always believed in the power of youth to change our world for the better.”  READ THE MANIFESTO
TEDx talk, 12 Dec 2018,  by 16 year old Swedish student, Greta Thunberg (video 11 mins 10 secs)
Additional Talk by Greta:

Straight talk to World Leaders. Greta Thunberg: 'I want you to panic': at Davos to World Economic Forum January 2019 (video 3 min.)  
SCHOOL CLIMATE STRIKES  by Andrew Conradi ofs
The first school strike for climate was started by Greta Thunberg staging an action alone outside the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), holding a sign that read "Skolstrejk för klimatet" or "school strike for climate" in August 2018. In December 2018, and continuing in 2019, student strikes continued in over 270 cities in countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Colombia, New Zealand and Uganda.

Strikes occur one Friday a month in the lead up to a global strike 15 March & national student strike planned for 3 May 2019.   See
             READ MORE      
Laudato Si' - Pope Francis

13: "Young people ... wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded."

160: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”

Government of Canada Commits to Ending Child and ​Forced Labour in Corporate Supply Chains

The Government of Canada announced on Friday (Feb. 8, 2109) that it would initiate consultations on corporate supply chain legislation this year. The statement is a positive step towards requiring Canadian companies to take action and report on their efforts to address child labour, modern slavery, and other human rights violations, according to a coalition of Canadian organizations including Fairtrade Canada, World Vision, UNICEF Canada and Save the Children.

Do not be afraid  
James 2:14-18

"Now the Lord spoke to Paul by the night in a vision. 'Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you.' " (Acts, 18:9)
Do we want to attract youth to St Francis and the Catholic Church?
Is climate change close to their hearts and is it an urgent world/Catholic/Franciscan issue? Would youth be attracted to what the OFS is doing? Or turned off by what we are not doing? It is not an abstract intractable problem and it needs to be understood and urgently addressed.
An Action for Secular Franciscans and their Fraternities
Here is an action we could do inspired by youth   LEARN MORE

We invite you to stand with young people. Contact your pastor, parish council, or director of religious education to encourage them to incorporate creation care into children’s education.                 LEARN MORE AND SEE LETTER TEMPLATE
                  by Andrew Conradi ofs

What is a Green New Deal?

The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan for how we can eliminate poverty and create millions of jobs while tackling the biggest threat of our time: climate change.  It involves massive public investment in clean energy, transit and climate adaptation work. But the vision is bigger than that: it’s about transforming our entire economy to be safer and more fair, and give everyone a better life. 

Do we have examples of historical mobilizations to confront very serious problems? What about the New Deal to fight the Great Depression in the USA (and Canada)? What about Allied economic mobilisation in WWII?
Today is there is another need for mobilization that is comparable to those above. The world needs a Green New Deal one that mobilizes all countries of the globe but in particular rich countries like Canada. Take a look at The Leap’s Green New Deal webpage and watch a 2 min video.
A Green New Deal for Canada means implementing transformative climate policies that transition us off fossil fuels in line with science and justice by making massive investments in renewable energy and public transportation, tackling inequality and guaranteeing good jobs for workers all across Canada and beyond.  LEARN MORE
Power Shift - Young and Rising
From February 14-18, 2019 in Ottawa, on the land of the Algonquin Anishinaabe, PowerShift: Young and Rising will convene hundreds of young people from across Turtle Island. This four day youth climate convergence will feature workshops, keynote speakers, performances and panel discussions on how we– as a collective youth movement– can take action to solve the climate crisis.           Visit Powershift on Facebook
Let us pray:
May God bless us so that we may be in the forefront of work for justice, peace and care for creation as our OFS Rule calls us, let us pray.
FOUNDATIONS YOUTH CORP! Finally a way to connect all our locations! The foundations youth corp gives youth an opportunity to connect spiritually and prayerfully with all of us! The FYC want to follow Jesus in the "peaceful" way of St. Francis of Assisi by living the Prayer of St. Francis and wearing the armour of God every day! A great way to find "peace" in yourself and think about others!!
St Francis House, one of the facilities of the foundation.
Felician Sisters of North America

From the No Harm to Creation Committee
As we get closer to Lent, the No Harm to Creation Committee is offering ideas for reflection and action focused on Laudato Si and the environment.
  • For an Examination of Conscience based on the Canticle of the Creatures, click here.
  • For an Earth Examen of Consciousness, click here.
  • For suggestions on Living a Laudato Si Lent, click here.

Rule 11... Let the Secular Franciscans seek a proper spirit of detachment from temporal goods by simplifying their own material needs. Let them be mindful that according to the gospel they are stewards of the goods received for the benefit of God's children.

GC 18.4  Following the example of Francis, patron of ecologists, they should actively put forward initiatives that care for creation and should work with others in efforts that both put a stop to polluting and degrading nature and also establish circumstances of living also established circumstances of living and environment which would not be a threat to the human person. 

Caritas Bangladesh: going beyond the emergency 

As soon as the refugee crisis began, our partner Caritas Bangladesh responded immediately by building emergency shelters, clean water stations, safe latrines and showers for women and girls, as well as distributing hygiene kits and educating refugees on remaining safe in the camps. 


After persecution comes protection in Bangladesh.

 Chalice: Girls' boarding school gets boost from our donors
Starehe Girls' Centre works in tandem with Chalice sponsorship to allow girls from poor backgrounds to attend. "The centre sets out to not merely provide food, clothing, and protection to girls in need, but to restore in them the self-confidence so often injured by earlier misfortune in life," says Sr. Jane, our Starehe Girls' site director.   READ MORE
11 year old Genesis Butler from California & kids from around the world (including Canada) offer Pope Francis $1 MILLION for charity to go vegan for Lent.

Prayer intention for March:  ​Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities - That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.
Recent Postings on
Franciscan Voice Canada
Canada Commits to Ending Child and ​Forced Labour in Corporate Supply Chains (Take Action)
+ Laudato Si' Reflection & the story of Sr. Dorothy Stang
+ Ban neonics by the end of 2019

Editors: Andrew Conradi, ofs, OLOTA Director of JPIC; George Guimond, ofs, RFEC Director of JPIC & Margaret Ross, ofs, Minister, St Agnes Fraternity, Coquitlam, BC


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