VIVAT International Celebrates the Season of Creation

Carlos Ferrada SVD

The VIVAT International Contact Persons Group organized a webinar on Eco-Spirituality to celebrate the Season of Creation 2023, with the theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow.” The webinar took place on October 2, featuring Sr. Florence Deacon OSF, Justice Coordinator of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who explained the significance of the Season of Creation to the participants.

Sr. Cecilia D’Souza SSpS, a specialist in Eco-spirituality, shared insights from her doctoral research titled “Ecological Communion: A New Consciousness.” She encouraged participants to embrace a more contemplative approach with the grace of the Holy Spirit, urging them to recognize God’s work in their hearts and encounter the divine in the world around them.

The second part of the webinar focused on VIVAT International’s involvement in the Conference of Parties (COP). Alberto Parise MCCJ shared his experiences and insights from COP 26 in Glasgow and COP 27 in Egypt via video. He emphasized the VIVAT team’s role as a bridge, connecting and informing the VIVAT family through videos, webinars, and articles. Brother Alberto highlighted three key aspects: invaluable learnings, the significance of passionate civil society activists, and the gift of being part of a global process.

Fr. Iyan Daquin Iyo OMI discussed his preparations and expectations for the upcoming COP 28. Stressing the importance of collaboration within the VIVAT delegation, Fr. Iyan emphasized clear and effective communication with other delegates. He outlined a comprehensive media and communications plan to engage with the media and disseminate information to the VIVAT family during the conference. Fr. Iyan expressed his commitment to representing VIVAT International with professionalism and integrity at COP 28.

Notably, this marked the first time that VIVAT International’s group of contact persons organized a collective activity for all NGO members. This initiative aligns with VIVAT’s strategic action plan objective to foster a prophetic movement among its members. The webinar provided a valuable opportunity for team collaboration, and gratitude was extended to all those involved in the organization, knowledge sharing, and active participation in the online event.

Carlos Ferrada SVD