In this issue of New Frontiers, we highlight the special anniversary year of Laudato Si’ which runs from 20 May 2020, the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’, until 24 May 2021. This includes a yearlong series of initiatives dedicated to care for the earth.
Also in this issue, we include a reflection on our relationship with the fragile ecologies of the planet, Laudato Si’ and Covid-19: Can praises still be sung in a strange land? This article explores the theology of Laudato Si’ through the experience of the coronavirus.
At the General Chapter of 2016 one of the key JPIC commitments was to engage with the International Volunteers Programme. One way this has been addressed is through the use of the JPIC Database platform which enables us to exchange information about Volunteer Programmes in the Society. An update is included in this issue.
Let us remember all our provinces during this time. We are all facing experiences that are distressing and overwhelming. As Sister Barbara Dawson says in the Letter for the Feast of the Sacred Heart, “This time of a common global trauma is also an opportunity to assess what is important and what is not. It is a time to pay attention to what we are hearing from among ourselves and from the people around us, to be humble enough to learn.”