A Reflection on World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the Season of Creation
August 31, 2023 • Diocese of St. Augustine

By Bishops Borys Gudziak and David Malloy

Pope Francis confirms plans to publish an apostolic exhortation intended as a “second Laudato Si‘” to be released on Oct. 4.

Each year on Sept. 1, the Catholic Church commemorates the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day of prayer also marks the beginning of a month-long ecumenical awareness initiative known as the “Season of Creation,” which concludes on October 4 with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.

The theme chosen for this year’s Season of Creation is “Let Justice and Peace Flow,” and it calls on the faithful to reflect on the relationship between justice and creation. Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace issued a reflection which may be found here