Ministries Pray in Wake of Oil Spill’s Harm to Environment

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — To help fill a need for a Franciscan approach to the ecological disaster caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, prayer services and informational resources are being provided by ministries of the Province as well as by members of the Franciscan Action Network.

Three parishes — St. Camillus in Silver Spring, Md., Immaculate Conception in Durham, N.C., and St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, N.C. — are hosting events on June 9 and 17 to bring prayer-filled attention to the disaster in the Gulf.

“The human and ecological devastation in the Gulf of Mexico continues to be a situation of great suffering and pain,” said Russell Testa, director of the HNP Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. “People are angry and longing for a voice to speak to this tragedy,” referring to the BP oil spill that began 50 days ago.

Resources have been posted on both the FAN website and’s Justice and Peace page.

Among the resources is a document written by Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, co-chair of the Province’s JPIC Directorate, titled “The Franciscan Vision and the Oil Spill.”

Testa said the JPIC Office and Directorate are encouraging each Provincial ministry to host events “that will bring our Franciscan message forward.” He asks that friars who locate resources that might be helpful contact him in the JPIC Office “so we can get them on the web to share with others.” Testa, whose office number is 202-527-7580, said he is available to assist friars and their ministries.

Information about the Franciscan perspective on the oil spill will appear on the website of the Net TV, a ministry of the Brooklyn Diocese, whose show “Currents” interviewed Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, on June 9.