A Season with Laudato Si

Lexington Theological Seminary and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, invite all parishioners, students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the Kentucky Council of Churches, and friends to a month-long series of engagements with Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si (Praise be to You): On Care for Our Common Home, for the Season of Creation, Sept. 1 – Oct. 4, 2023.

Laudato si panel discussion

The Laudato Si Commission is collaborating with the Green Task Force of Lexington Theological Seminary to present a panel discussion on Sept. 1, 2023 at noon. The theme will be “Let Peace and Justice Flow“.

Panelists include Dr.Chris Barton, UK Professor of Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management President of Green Forests Work;  Rev. Dr. Carol Devine (She/Her), Faith Director for Blessed Tomorrow of ecoAmerica; Rev. Michael L. Zachary, Senior Pastor Centerville Missionary Baptist Church & USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Bishop John Stowe, Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Ky and Bishop President of the National Council of Pax Christi USA.
To register for this event, click the button below.


The communities of both LTS and the Diocese are invited to read or listen to The Earth Laughs in Flowers: Public Prayer in Appalachia throughout the month of September.  This can be accessed at the link below for free:

Read the PDF online here.


Additionally, there will be a small group discussion on September 13 from noon to 1:15pm for this Season of Creation, focusing on “The Earth Laughs in Flowers: Public Prayer in Appalachia,” an essay by the late Fr. John Rausch. 

To join the discussion, click here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpduihpz4jEtTV1kzfNXXCbSTDEXvdYlmChttps://us06web.zoom.us/j/87591482428. 

A Tree Planting for the Youth and Young at Heart

On Sept. 23  A Tree Planting for the Youth and Young at Heart will take place at Hisle Park in Lexington.
–10:00am  Arrive at Hisle Park
–10:15 am  Chestnut Blessing or Prayer
–10:30am  Planting, mulching, watering
–12:00pm  Mass
–1:00 pm  Lunch
–2:00pm  Clean-up/Depart
For those unable to come to Lexington, 15 minutes of the tree planting and the mass will be live streamed on Green Forest Works Facebook page.

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Click the Facebook tile below to access the Green Forest Works Facebook page, where 15 minutes of the tree planting and mass will be live streamed.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Zoom Worship service

Please join us in a Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Zoom Worship service to end the Season of Creation for 2023 at noon on October 4! Prayer will focus around what we’ve learned from each of the individual events. A time will be given to support Green Forest Works and you will hear about their work from Dr. Chris Barton. Help us pray for Kentucky and those who have been blessed by water and those devastated by it as well. To register for this worship service, click the link below.