Clogher JPIC Group marks 2nd anniversary of Laudato Si’


A celebration of Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical on humanity and the environment ‘Laudato Si’ took place on Saturday last in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall, Enniskillen. The timeliness of the event coming shortly after President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord was noted by the chairperson of the event Sr Nellie McLaughlin. Liam Murtagh a member of the organising group Clogher Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation reports on the presentations by guest speakers. Tanya Jones spoke on ‘Heart, Hands and Voice – Living out Laudato Si’ and Anne Marie Russell delivered a presentation on ‘Zero Waste’.

tanya.pngTanya Jones (left) and Anne Marie Russell were guest speakers at the Laudato Si event in Enniskillen organised by Clogher JPIC (Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation) Group

Tanya Jones is a Fermanagh based and a campaigner in the frack-free movement – and she welcomed the recent ban on fracking south of the border. Tanya is also deeply concerned with cross-community issues and is secretary and former chair of the Fermanagh Churches Forum. She is currently a Green Party candidate in the Westminster election.

In her address Tanya said that she believed that Laudato Si’ is one of the most important, in the true sense prophetic, documents of our time, and it is for all of us. Pope Francis she says writes, quite deliberately that he “would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home”


Tanya said that our response to the call to dialogue is often just one of the ‘head’. She says that more than reading is needed. She continues: “Use what you read to inform, to enliven, to deepen and to propel the rest of your response. Put your head at the service of your heart, of your hands and of your voice… Your heart, as the mindful source of all that you do. Your hands, making your daily life part of the solution instead of the problem. And your voice, boldly speaking truth to power.”


In addition Tanya suggests practical action “doing things that change the world a little in themselves but also form part of that great cry for the earth and for the poor. And they nurture our spirits as well. Yours could be anything from planting yellow rattle seeds as part of Ulster Wildlife’s Magnificent Meadows project to building homes for the homeless across the world.”

In conclusion Tanya focused on why people respond by more than just reading. She says, “… if we genuinely listen to our deepest urgings, we will naturally find ourselves doing it”. She recalls the quotation from Laudato Si’. “For all our limitations, gestures of generosity, solidarity and care cannot but well up within us, since we were made for love.” That ‘love’ …she said is “why we are here. It is why Laudato Si’ was written, and why we continue to respond to it. Each of us, in our own way, with our heart, our hands and our voice, can keep that love lit right through the darkness.”

Tanya full address is available at


Anne Marie Russell is a nurse living in Co Fermanagh and is a member of the Clogher JPIC Group. In her presentation on zero waste she explained the idea and outlined how she and her family apply the principle in their home. Anne Marie said that she has been passionate about the issue since her first trip abroad as it included a visit to a landfill site.

Anne Marie defined zero waste as a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that products are reused. She went on to quote the words of Pope Francis: “We live in a wasteful culture in which we not only waste stuff, but also people”.


Anne Marie explained that the strategy towards zero waste should focus on the five Rs in the order 1 – 5.

  1. Reject / Refuse what you don’t need.Rs
  2. Reduce what you can.
  3. Reuse what you can
  4. Repair what you can
  5. Recycle or compost what you


Anne Marie outlined ways in which she applies the zero waste philosophy in her home. She says it starts with her shopping and ensuring that she buys only what she really needs. At home she says she focuses on using minimum detergents (which are eco-friendly). Finally she recommends that we “think before we throw”. Can the item be repaired or reused instead of being thrown away as waste?    


A short input was given by Robbie Breadon and Fi Gilmour of the Common Ground Centre which is located near Fivemiletown in East Fermanagh. They described their new Centre as an innovative education, ecotherapy and retreat centre.   See for details. The Clogher JPIC Laudato Si’ event is featured on the Clogher JPIC Group page on Facebook.

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