Get to know the communities

We invite you to connect with these communities as part of your pilgrimage to share a reflective process and exchange stories via zoom or physically, if you are located near these areas. 

Balay Laudato Si’ (House of Gratitude) is the culture and ecology center in the ancestral domain of the Pulangiyēn community in Bendum, Malaybalay, Philippines that provides time and space for reflection, listening to the youth and learning from culture and nature. In coordination with the Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center, the culture-based, multi-lingual school in Bendum, BLS opens opportunities for connecting the vision of the Pulangiyēn people in Upper Pulangi with global development movements that include the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus.

Over the years, Balay Laudato Si’ has welcomed students, novices, development workers, and people from different contexts all over the world to share their culture, hopes, and experiences in reflecting on Laudato Si’.

Young people from different communities in Upper Pulangi are participating in the global pilgrimage by converging in Balay Laudato Si’, reflecting on their culture and relationship with the land, deepening their understanding of the Laudato Si’ Goals in their own context, and expressing their messages of hope and commitment for COP26 and beyond. Read the story of their journey here.

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Casa Velha is an ecology and spirituality center located in a family farm in the municipality of Ourém, Portugal, about 137 kilometers from the capital Lisbon. In 2009, the Casa Velha project started and since then, has attracted over 1,000 people a year who joined more than 30 different workshops.

When the visitors arrive, they are searching for themselves, for others, and for God. They build experiences in a context of a simple and shared life in contact with nature, prayer, and rural work. To better respond to these challenges, Casa Velha – Ecologia e Espiritualidade (or Ecology and Spirituality) was established in 2012 as a Catholic nonprofit association with a commitment to the environment and local development.

This ecological and spiritual center is shared among family members, lay friends of different ages, and representatives of the Portuguese Provincial of the Society of Jesus and of the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Their identities and missions contribute to the richness of Casa Velha. The experience of being welcomed and feeling at home, rediscovering roots in the earth, strongly affects almost everyone who pass through, confirming the ecological and spiritual dimensions in our being.

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The Christian Life Community is a public world association of the Roman Catholic Church. CVX-CLC is made up of men and women, adults and young people, of all social conditions, who want to follow Jesus Christ more closely and work with Him for the building of the Kingdom. Members make up small groups, which are part of larger communities organized regionally and nationally, all forming one World Community. The CLC is present in all five continents, in more than sixty countries.
 
The charism and spirituality of CLC are Ignatian. Thus, the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius are both the specific source of our charism and the characteristic instrument of CLC spirituality. The CLC way of life is shaped by the features of Ignatian Christology: austere and simple, in solidarity with the poor and the outcasts of society, integrating contemplation and action, in all things living lives of love and service within the Church, always in a spirit of discernment.
 
CLC convened young people from all over the world in July 31, to celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius. “In the light of the conversion process of St. Ignatius, young people will journey through the wounds of today’s world, we will approach our strengths that launch us to go out and discern the places we are called to inhabit.” Read the CLC Youth Manifesto here.
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