Calendar Update: The Amazon Synod through the eyes of a Wapichan Woman

The Jesuits at St Wilfrid’s are hosting Leah Casimero on the 16th March 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In her talk, Leah will share her unique perspective of the Amazon Synod as one of the youngest participants and the only English-Speaking indigenous woman in the synod hall. Leah comes from a remote village in Southern Guyana where lay people play an active role in the life of the Church. She will be looking at her journey to Rome: meeting the Synod Fathers and listening to firsthand reports of the crisis being faced by the Amazonian people, the environment and the Church. She will also consider the excellent work which is being done and the proposed actions to respond to the pastoral needs and ecological crisis.

In a world where indigenous people and other vulnerable groups often have no voice or are not listened to, the Amazon Synod marks a turning point in the history of the Church to listen to “the cry of the earth and the poor” by bringing the Amazon and its people to the centre of the church. The message of the Special Synod for the Amazon is one alarm and urgency, yet equally one of hope for the Church and Mother Earth, our “Common Home”.

Leah was invited to the Amazon synod in her capacity as coordinator of the Quality Bilingual Education Programme for Wapichan Children, which is the fruit of in-depth dialogue held with local indigenous communities and the Ministry of Education and is being supported by the Jesuits in Guyana. It is a story of walking together.

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