Eco Praxis – Thriving Communities

Eco Praxis

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At ELSiA eco-praxis is the discovery of the good practices the Catholic world has set in motion to respond to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the poor. We do so through our members organizations and partners and organizing events where we highlight some initiatives that have come to our attention. But we know there are a lot of inspiring actions and activities that we have not yet discovered. From local communities to national bishops’ conferences, we know that we have all heard the call of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ and to discover more, we have designed the Living Laudato Si’ survey.

Living Laudato Si’ is ELSiA’s first survey designed to be a discovery tool for Catholic organizations to gain an understanding of all the Laudato Si’-inspired initiatives implemented from the publication of the encyclical to date across Europe. It is intended as an information tool for all categories of respondents and for the survey designers and the results are meant to highlight the contributions of the Catholics Church to the Care for Creation. We are planning the share our findings in a conference next year celebrating our 6th Laudato Si’ Reflection Day in Rome. All members of ELSiA are supporting this initiative as well as the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.

This survey is implemented by a consortium of Catholic universities, they are: St Mary’s University TwickenhamUniversitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan)Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Universitat Ramon LlullHrvatsko Katoličko Sveučilište and EMD Ecole de Management Marseille. The consortium is coordinated by Dr Mark Charlesworth.

The survey is addressed to National Conferences of Bishops; Archdiocese or Diocese; religious congregations; international, European, national or local Catholic NGOs; European, national or local networks of Catholic NGOs; European, national or local chapters of international Catholic NGOs; international, European, national or local Catholic movements; European or national secretariats of religious congregations or orders; local church organizations; Catholic hospitals or care homes and Catholic universities or schools.

Once you click on the button above, you will type in your email address and you will receive a unique link in your inbox. Follow the link to start filling in the questionnaire which is available in English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Croatian.

The data collection is ongoing and we are looking forward to receive your contributions until 30th November 2023. It takes about 20 minutes to fill in the survey, depending on how many of your Laudato Si’-inspired activities you will share. The results of the survey will be shared on the occasion of the Laudato Si’ Reflection Day 2024 that will take place in Rome in May 2024. Every responding organization will receive a summary of the study. This page will be updated weekly with the number of responses we will get per country and per type of institution. We are very grateful for your participation.

Below is a graph that shows the interactions received to date. 71% of the responses we have received come from the ecclesial provinces of Ireland, England and Wales and Scotland; 6.7% come from the ecclesial provinces of the Netherlands; 17.8% come from the ecclesial provinces of Italy and 4.4% come from the ecclesial provinces of France. 

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You can find additional information in the presentation below.

You can find a summary of the questions of survey in English below.

You can find the frequently asked questions below.