St. Francis Forum and Spirit of Assisi Symposium

April 18, 2018

Last week, the Franciscan Friars Conventual from Our Lady of the Angels Province invited the Franciscan Action Network and the DC/MD/VA chapter of Interfaith Power and Light to join in a Forum and Symposium on Environmental Justice and Service to Vulnerable Populations. The gathering was held at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, MD.

The goal for the gathering was to bring together peoples of various faiths, government officials, and other interested parties to discuss issues elevated by Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home,” which touched on many issues pertinent to the protection of the environment, public health and other quality of life concerns of vulnerable communities. The participants were able to identify opportunities for greater coordination and collaboration among those gathered in meeting the needs of vulnerable communities and promoting the common good of all.

The Symposium concluded with participants joining the Franciscan Friars and representative faith leaders for a blessing of the friars’ new Little Portion Farm (see photo). Inspired by Laudato Sí, the farm will grow fresh food that will go from the farm to the table at the Franciscan Center meal program in Baltimore.