Laudato Si’ School Peru


Office/person in charge:
Alvaro Salazar Torres, Executive Secretary

Episcopal Commission for the Laity and Youth Peruvian Bishops’ Conference Jr. Estados Unidos 838, Jesús María 15072 Lima, Perú

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As part of the project aimed at celebrate the five years from the publication of the Encyclical Laudato sii by pope Francis, a virtual proposal was presented in order to reflect on this important document. From Wednesday June 17 past the School Laudato sii has started with talks given by Church, social and academic representatives. Among these Cardinal Pedro Barrero,S.I., President of REPAM.

At present more than fifty people are participating. They belong to various diocesis of our country among which are: Huacho, Lima, Carayballo, Lurin, Ica, Arequipa, Chimbote, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Callao, Jaén, Ayacucho, Huncayo, and Tacna among others.

The course includes two sessions every month (on Wednesday from 7.30pm to 9pm):

• Sessions:17 June, 15 July, 19 August, 16 September, 28 October, 17 November, 9 December 2020; 13 enero 2021
• Forum: 24 June, 22 July, 26 August, 23 September, 4 November, 25 November, 16 December; 20 January 2021

Additionally, the course brings together various experts: Msgr. Alfredo Vizcarra, S.J. –Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Jaén and President of the Amazonic Center of Anthropology and Practical Application (Centro Amazónico de Antropología y Aplicación Práctica – CAAAP); Msgr. Humberto Ortiz – Assistant to the Presidency of the Peruan Bishops’ Conference – CEP and ex Executive Secretary of CEAS (Centro de Recursos para el Emprendimiento y el Aprendizaje); Enginneer Gladys Castillo – Coordinator of the Peruan Caritas Environment Program; Msgr. Mauricio López – ex Executive Secretary of the Ecclesial Panamazonic Net – REPAM; Dr. Sr. Birgit Weiler – Professor at PUCP and Guest Expert at the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region; Msgr. Ramiro Escobar – Professor at the Science and Arts Communication Faculty of PUCP and at the Peruan School for Diplomats; Representatives from the Peruan Ministry of the Environment.

What is it?

What is this initiative about?

Laudato si’ School objective is to know and to reflect on ecology and the message contained in the encyclical Laudato si’, enriched by the synodal process, as a fundamental experience in the Church. The topic of the reflection will be the paradigm change as presented in the integral ecology, and “best practises” will be sought in order to accomplish their application in our daily lives.

How does it help?

In what way does this initiative enhance the formation of the laity?

This project aims at promoting the formation of lay women and men through a learning process. In this way they will be able to take on responsibility in forming other lay people as part of a paradigm change for an “integral ecology”, as sought by pope Francis.

Why is it important?

Why is this initiative important for the training and advancement of the laity in your country?

This project is important because Peru is an Andean-Amazon and biologically diverse country. In the last 30 years has suffered mining exploitation, and it has been despoiled of its river basins. For this reason it is of vital importance that lay women and men take on the mission of transforming society.

How did it start

How was this initiative developed?

This initiative has been developed in 7 virtual segments composed by (sending) material to be read, a virtual class and a space guided by tutors in order to build a reflective community.


1 Human Beings and Creation Msgr. Alfredo Vizcarra, S.J. 10 June 2020 17 June 2020 24 June 2020 Alvaro Salazar
2 Socio ecological Crisis – development and creation Msgr. Humberto Ortiz 8 July 2020 15 July 2020 22 July 2020 Carlos Alberto Rojas
3 Socio ecological Crisis –  the overflowing consumerism Engineer Gladys Castillo 12 August 2020 19 August 2020 26 August 2020 Rocio Valdeavellano
4 Integral Ecology – paradigm change Msgr. Mauricio Lopez 9 September 2020 16 September 2020 23 September 2020 Alvaro Salazar
5 Integral Ecology – ecological conversion Dr. Sr. Birgit Weiler 21 October 2020 28 October 2020 4 November 2020 Alicio Dominguez
6 Common Home project – Responsabilidad Global Msgr. Ramiro Escobar 11 November 2020 17 November 2020 25 November 2020 Rocio Valdeavellano
7 Common Home project

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Ministry of the Environment 2 December 2020 9 December 2020 16 December 2020 Alicio Dominguez
8 Common Home project – Personal and Common Responsability Ministry of the Environment 6 January 2021 13 January 2021 20 January 2021 Carlos Alberto Rojas


Does it benefit the laity on a national or local level?

The benefit of the project is both national and local and it is proved by the reflections developed by the course and the identification of ‘best practices’ to be applied in daily life.

Means and funding

Who funds the initiative? What is needed to launch this initiative?

The project is financed by the Episcopal Commission for the Laity and Youth together with the same participants. A promotional campaign through the social media will be needed to be able to count on the participants, and to implement the Course.

Learn more

Where can people learn more about this initiative?

People can learn about the Course in social networks and sign up for the second edition of the Course.

Countries involved

Does this initiative exist in other countries?

How to start?

How can this initiative be implemented in other countries?

The initiative can be realized in other countries adjusting the Course to the actual needs of the country in which it is established. This will help to start from the setting of the country.