Green Abbey

There has never been a more important time to care for the planet. Decades of aggressive farming techniques have destroyed ecosystems, endangered species and done great damage to creation.The Green Abbey initiative at Sclerder Abbey starts with sustainability in mind and provides an opportunity to discover permaculture, in practice and theory, in the prayerful atmosphereContinue reading “Green Abbey”

Season of Creation 2022

September 1st to October 4th “The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the  whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we  know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us.”Continue reading “Season of Creation 2022”

The Three Sisters

A perfect example of Agro-ecology and permaculture  Did you know that corn, beans, and squash are called the “Three Sisters”? A number of Native American tribes interplanted this trio because they thrive together, much like three inseparable sisters. Instead of single rows of a single vegetable, this method of interplanting introduces biodiversity, which does many things—from attractingContinue reading “The Three Sisters”

Christian Aid film attracts broad audience

Last Thursday, an ecumenical crowd, with strong support from parishioners of Our Lady of the Portal, gathered at the newly opened Moresk Centre to watch “Thank you for the Rain”, a moving documentary hosted by Christian Aid’s Katrina Musgrave. Canon Roger Bush, Dean of Truro Cathedral, open the discussion after the film, which all thoughtContinue reading “Christian Aid film attracts broad audience”

COP26: Cardinal Nichols writes to Prime Minister

On the eve of the COP26 Conference in Glasgow on Climate Change, Cardinal Nichols has written to the Prime Minister on our behalf, as President of the Catholic Bishops Conference. Referring to the global ecological crisis as a dark cloud over humanity, he offers our support to the work of achieving the goals of theContinue reading “COP26: Cardinal Nichols writes to Prime Minister”

Live Simply, Sustainably, and in Solidarity with the Poor

On 1st October a one day conference was held in Torquay (sponsored by CAFOD and Caritas) The purpose was to revive awareness and implementation of the livesimply initiative in our schools and parishes. The event brought together some great speakers including Marie-Elena Arana (Live Simply Award Co-ordinator); Fr Jonathan Stewart (Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Exeter) whomContinue reading “Live Simply, Sustainably, and in Solidarity with the Poor”

Creation: What can I do?

“Be not afraid!” … so Jesus tells his followers, knowing too well how fearful they were. We too can feel overwhelmed and despairing in the face of news about extreme climate events, but we too must allow ourselves to be comforted and strengthened by Jesus’s words. If we open ourselves to receive the grace ofContinue reading “Creation: What can I do?”