World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: examples of how dioceses and others are responding

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

In response to the invitation by Pope Francis for all the Church to join today in the first World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Canadian dioceses and local faith communities have joined the Holy Father in praying for creation. The Archdiocese of Québec has provided a video message from Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix. In the Archdiocese of Montréal, a bilingual ecumenical prayer service is taking place at 7:00 p.m. in Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. The Archdiocese of Toronto has circulated the prayer for creation on its social networks. The Bishop of Saskatoon, the Most Reverend Donald Bolen, has also invited the faithful to unite in prayer for creation. The Most Reverend Michael J. Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver, issued a statement, also inviting those in the Archdiocese to pray for creation and to join in a special Mass at the Cathedral. The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, joined with St Joseph’s Supper Table and Parish in prayer for respect for creation. Celebrated on September 1 annually, beginning this year, the World Day of Prayer coincides with a similar celebration previously established by Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Link to the video message of Cardinal Lacroix (in French only)
Link to the statement of Archbishop Miller
Link to the Encyclical Laudato Si’