In 1990, Pope John Paul II spoke on the World Day of Peace urging Catholics to regard the natural world as one of God’s creations worth protecting. Since then, in his encyclicals Laudato Si and most recently Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis has called on us to acknowledge the interconnectedness of all things and to care for our common home.
As Catholics and as stewards of the Earth, we share a responsibility to care for our common home and all of creation to ensure a better future for all.
Our Diocesan Journey
In March 2019, Bishop John Arnold – who is the Environmental Lead for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales – wrote to everyone in our diocese calling on them to play their part in responding to climate change in small ways. In his letter, he asked us all to ‘think global, act local’ and highlighted the impact that making small changes in our personal lives can have.
In the same letter, Bishop John announced his plans to transform his home at Wardley Hall into an ambitious flagship project, Laudato Si Centre. You can read more about our Laudato Si project by clicking here.
In 2020, we welcomed our first Head of Environment, Dr. Emma Gardner. She joined the Diocese from the University of Manchester, where she was Head of Environmental Sustainability for over eight years. You can read more about Emma’s background here.
Working closely with Bishop John, Emma will lead transformation in keeping with Laudato Si while providing strategic leadership to support environmental practices across our diocese and beyond. Emma will also manage the Laudato Si Centre.
Environmental Case Study Collection Across the Diocese
We are collecting information about things that are going on across the Diocese that have something to do with sustainability or ecology. We would like to know if there are things happening in your parish, school or community. This could be almost anything – it could be the creation of a wildlife garden, tree planting, food growing, the formation of an environmental committee and activities, special prayer services, homilies, screening environmental films and hosting discussions, environmental education programmes or the installation of renewable energy for example.
If you know of any activities like this that you would like to share, please explain them in the form below. The work that you or your colleagues have been doing might be interesting or helpful to the work of other people, across Salford Diocese and in other dioceses, parishes or schools. We would like to hear about anything that you think is relevant.
We are currently drafting an environmental strategy and will soon be welcoming comments on this. Please check back for updates.