Thomasian Community Responds to Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ Challenge

Story By Georgene Quilaton-Tambiga | Photos By Ma. Nita V. Bolo


As he talked about a topic that he had discussed hundreds of times with various audiences, Bro. Jaazeal “Tagoy” Jakosalem, OAR, appeared out of the mist of an unstable internet connection full of conviction and zest that the Thomasian community can be movers in the concerted effort to “Care for the Common Home.”


“I challenge you, teachers. In your context alone, what can be done for our Common Home? Reflect on this.” Bro. Jakosalem challenged the faculty and staff of Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos in the middle of discussing the seven platforms of the 2015 Encyclical Letter of the Holy Father titled “Laudato Si’.”


The September 24, 2021 Laudato Si’ Webinar was a simplified interpretation and explanation of Pope Francis’s challenges for the environment and against climate change.


It was CST-R Laudato Si’ Environmental Center’s (LEC) launching activity. At least 50 members of the CST-R Faculty and Staff joined the webinar via Zoom.