Jesuit Community and Lifestyle

Jesuits in Cambodia respond to Laudato si’

After the release of Laudato si’ in May and the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific’s response in July, the Jesuits in Cambodia met to reflect on the Holy Father’s encyclical and how they can respond to his call through their ministries.


The Jesuits, volunteers, religious sisters, and Khmer collaborators of Jesuit Mission Cambodia welcome and support the latest encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato si’ (On Care for Our Common Home).

Becoming environment-friendly Jesuit houses

The Jesuits in the Philippines have committed to making their various houses environmentally friendly as part of reconciling with creation. They have begun by setting up waste management activities in their houses. This is a simple yet practical step that contributes to the broader initaitive of living a simple lifestyle.

Supporting forests and communities

In a piece of land measuring 5m x 11m, we began building late last year a simple structure of wooden posts and a nylon mesh roof for the purpose of growing seedlings of hardwood trees native to Cambodia. Located within Banteay Prieb, the Jesuit-run vocational school for people with disabilities, the tree nursery is a collaborative effort of the agriculture students of the centre and their teacher Mr Mam Sony.

A Sense of Sacred Ecology

Care of the environment is an integral part of the Jesuit mission. It touches the core of our faith in and love for God, making it impossible for us to watch passively as the drive to access sources of energy and other natural resources increasingly damages the earth, air, water, threatening the future of our planet. Poisoned water, polluted air, widespread deforestation, deposits of atomic and toxic waste are causing death and untold suffering.

Learning God’s business together

A Muslim boy asked his mother: ‘Is it true only Muslims get to paradise?’ Mother replied: ‘Who said that?’ ‘My teacher’, answered the boy. Mother smiled and said: ‘Who gets to heaven or hell is not your business; neither is it your teacher’s.’

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