Sr. Susana Tomatti, SSND and Diego Garcia, School Pastoral Ministry, Province of Latin America and the Caribbean
Enlightened by the Laudato Si’ Encyclical from Pope Francis, Colégio Nossa Senhora da Glória, in Francisco Beltrão, Brazil, created an Integral Ecology Project, which aims to develop teaching and learning processes grounded in the concept of integral education.
As a School Sister of Notre Dame School, which has Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation rooted in our charism and taking as reference the pillars of integral ecology in the Laudato Si’ Goals, we sought to deepen and understand the role of each individual in improving relations between all creatures on the planet.
We engaged in the Laudato’ Si Week by screening the film The Letter with the students. We promoted dialogues and activities on the themes raised in the film. Culminating this activity was a final assignment in which the 7th grade wrote a letter to Pope Francis expressing their concerns with the current climate crisis and giving recommendations to take better care of our Mother Earth.
Also noteworthy among the Integral Ecology Project’s activities was the creation of a Peace Mantle, made from patches painted by all the students, which became a symbol that Peace is built together in the search for unity among our diversity. Connected with the Season of Creation theme: May Justice and Peace Flow Like a Mighty River, the 72-m² mantle was unveiled on the school’s façade for the entire community, celebrating the International Day of Peace on September 21. Committed to the Shalom Network, we took on the responsibility of caring for each other and our planet through actions that mobilized students, educators, families, and society in general.
See more at Gloria for a Culture of Peace (Choose to see this video in your language. When you begin the video, click on the ‘gear,’ then click on subtitles, and after that click on automatic translation; select your language.)