"He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the Earth are the Lord's, and on them he has set the world."
1 Samuel 2: 8
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Faith in Action

The Antigonish Diocese Social Justice Committee was organized in the Fall of 2014.
Its mandate: to familiarize people with the social teachings of the Church and together, seek ways to construct a just world free of war, poverty and climate destruction.


Social Justice Committee:
Bishop Brian Dunn
Rev. Paul MacGillivray
Mr. Danny Gillis
Mr. David Lewis
Mr. Roddie MacLellan
Ms. Patricia Norman
Sr. Joanne O'Regan, csm
Mr. Terry O'Toole
Ms. Elzbieta Wawer


The committee's path was made very clear by the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si - On Care for Our Common Home. The encyclical's core message: "Another World is Possible."

This powerful letter was further strengthened by:

  • the UN Climate Conference in Paris (COP 21) in November-December 2015
  • Development & Peace's campaign 'Create a Climate of Change' (Share Lent 2016)
  • The David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Campaign
  • Community organizations
  • Other faith communities





 Laudato Si:
A Canadian Response


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Laudato Si Week: June 12-18
This special week celebrates the anniversary of the release of Laudato Si.

What have we done, and what can we do, to be good stewards of the Earth?

The Global Catholic Climate Movement has launched a Laudato Si website,
with links and resources to engage, reflect and act.

Visit http://laudatosiweek.org/











Waste or Watts

By Terry O’Toole
Social Justice Committee

Two Grade 12 students from Sydney came up with a unique idea to curb the production of greenhouse gases. Elzbieta Wawer and Bhreagh Gillis focused on the water that is produced by the seven wastewater treatment facilities in the CBRM and asked the question  ”Could this water be used to generate electricity for practical purposes?”

To harness the energy of the water leaving a facility, the girls imagined an apparatus that used a waterwheel that attached to a drain spout. They then set out to collect all the data they needed to test the potential of their model.

Ms. Wawer said “We e-mailed the facilities to find out how much water was cleaned in an average year and the average flow rate of water that was leaving the facility. This included water from storms, melting snow and household use. We also asked how much electricity the treatment facility used on average. We discovered that using the water wheel would generate more electricity than necessary to power the facility. This saved a significant amount of government money and allowed for a clean method of producing energy.”

The project was entered into the Cape Breton Science Fair competition in the “Taking Science to Market” category. Ms. Wawer said ”We labelled this project “Waste or Watts” as we are using water that would otherwise be wasted in the system.”

Ms. Wawer is also a member of the Social Justice Committee of the Diocese of Antigonish, and says this project is a way of putting her faith into action. She says “The fight against climate change must be highlighted as it affects every living creature on the planet." These two young women have put into practice the vital invitation to think globally and act locally.

The Social Justice Committee believes that local solutions, such as the “Waste or Watts” project, are important in the fight against climate change. Such creativity is what Pope Francis is calling for in his encyclical letter Laudato Si – On Care for our Common Home, which was released in June of this year. His message, and the work of these women, further embrace the social teachings of the Church: “...the present environmental crisis affects those who are poorest in a particular way, whether they live in those lands subject to erosion and desertification, are involved in armed conflicts, or subject to forced immigration, or because they do not have the economic or technological means to protect themselves from other calamities.” - Article 482, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

The Pope says that Christians must realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of our faith. With this in mind, the Social Justice Committee is planning a series of workshops on the issue of climate change as seen through the perspective of Catholic social teaching, including Laudato Si. We must all prayerfully reflect, with the encyclical, on how we can contribute to the task of moving our economies and institutions to gear up for a renewable energy future.