Laudato Si Small Groups

Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, is a beautiful and inspiring document addressed to “every person on our planet.” It is meant to encourage, engage, and call people to reconnect with others and the planet we inhabit together. Join your efforts with those seeking to care for the earth and all the various forms of life upon it.

What are the Components of Laudato Si Groups? Groups meet weekly for one hour, over the course of eight weeks. The first session is an introduction to the encyclical and an introduction to each other in the group.  The next six sessions are dedicated to the six chapters of Laudato Si. The last session is dedicated to individual and group responses to the encyclical.

Who Can Participate? Anyone interested in learning more about our common call to be good stewards of the earth and all who inhabit the earth.

Who facilitates the groups?  The Laudato Si Small Groups are voluntarily facilitated by Elizabeth Hart and Rebecca Criswell. Elizabeth or “Liz” works as an Assistant Ombudsman for the State of Iowa and is a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.  Rebecca or “Becky” is a retired Program Manager of Independent Living Services for Iowa Department for the Blind and is a member of SS John & Paul Catholic Church in Altoona. Both women have a love of creation spirituality and feel called to invite others to break open Laudato Si.

Upcoming 2017 Small Group Offerings:

  • There are no small group offerings scheduled at this time


  • There is no cost for the program.
  • Download Laudato Si for free. It can also be purchased through most bookstores.



  • Susie Tierney at 515-782-3054 with questions.