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Diocese celebrates year of creation

In response to Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home in his encyclical, Laudato Si’, our diocese (of Burlington, in Vermont) is celebrating a Year of Creation in 2017.  The Year will include opportunities for parishes and schools, such as creation-themed liturgies, a Catholic schools’ ecological awareness and action project, a “Laudato Si’ in the Parish” training program for pastors, deacons and catechists, and an ecological justice conference. A Year of Creation Committee which includes diocesan staff, academics, students, and organizational representatives will assist in these activities. The diocese is also partnering with Commons Energy to offer low-cost energy efficiency audits and energy efficiency/renewable energy projects on many church-owned buildings throughout the state. Additionally, the diocesan headquarters is modeling one easy way to counteract a “throwaway culture” by adopting the practice of composting.