Scheduled to begin 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and conclude 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals and the environment, this year’s event has been organized under the theme, “Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope.”
“On 1st September, we will have an outdoor Mass called the Laudato Si’ Mass. We’ll also be launching a Laudato Si’ Garden in St. Jude Friary, Nairobi” the Programs Manager of GCCM Africa, Fr. Benedict Ayodi told ACI Africa Monday, August 31.
Linking the “Laudato Si’ Garden in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi with the theme of the event, Fr. Benedict described the venue of the 1 September Mass as “a symbolic act that encourages us to let the environment to rest as we celebrate the Jubilee.”
The rooftop garden that will have flowers, fruits and other plants will be, the Kenyan Cleric said, “a place where birds can come drink water; where people can relax and view the environment.”
The garden “will also have a place where you can read the scripture and meditate,” he said.
On the same day, September 1, Christians across Africa are expected to join in the worldwide prayer that will be initiated in Italy to start off the season, Fr. Benedict told ACI Africa.
On September 10, a webinar session on investing in green energy rather than in pipelines such as the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) has been scheduled.
On September 12, GCCM Africa will lead a tree planting initiative aimed at restoring the Kakamega Forest, Fr. Benedict told ACI Africa, adding that toward the end of the month, on September 28, animals will be blessed at Nairobi’s St. Mary’s School.