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Church supports National Park City bid


Against the backdrop of spectacular gum trees in the west parklands, Archbishop Patrick O’Regan formally signed the National Park City Charter on behalf of the Catholic community.

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Green Adelaide is making a bid to have Adelaide declared the second National Park City, which recognises community efforts to improve a city’s liveability though a better connection of nature and people. In 2019, London became the first city in the world to receive this honour.

Archbishop O’Regan signed the charter at the launch of the Season of Creation which was held on the first day of spring in Gladys Elphick/Narnungga Park and attended by about 30 people from throughout the Archdiocese.

Guest speakers at the event included Green Adelaide’s Brenton Grear, Kate Leaney from Welcoming Australia, Marie Wood from Vinnies Refugee and Asylum Seeker Services and the Conservation Council of SA’s Craig Wilkins.

The Archdiocese’s Council for Integral Ecology is coordinating several events this month to celebrate the Season of Creation, which runs from September 1 to October 4. This year’s theme is ‘Earth as God’s home for all: hospitality and habitat’.

Council spokesperson Peter Laffan said it was wonderful that the launch brought together organisations that are involved in these areas.

“They are working on both sides of the equation: offering hospitality to the most needy, and protecting the habitat on which thriving ecosystems depend,” he said.

“We look forward to Catholics throughout the Archdiocese taking up these concerns in their parishes and schools in the weeks ahead.”

On Sunday September 26 at 12.30pm a ‘Prayer for Hospitality and Habitat’ will be held in the Mercy Grove, Belair National Park.

For more information contact Peter Laffan, or 0488 062 112.

John Lochowiak gives a Welcome to Country at the launch of Season of Creation in Gladys Elphick/Narnungga Park.


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