A LATINO ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE EVENT AT ST.CAMILLUS ATTRACTS HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE.

The second, annual Latino Care for Creation concert that took place at St. Camillus parish several weeks ago has far exceeded everyone’s expectations.  Approximately 500 people came to the event.  Eight Latino youth and young adult groups, many of them from outside of the parish, took part in the music competition entitled “A Song for the Earth.” In order to compete, the Latino youth groups had to write a song that would speak about the ecological crisis from a faith perspective, and communicate a message of hope along with a call to action.

All the groups participating in “A Song for the Earth” competition did a splendid job. Their enthusiasm and a newly awakened commitment to care for God’s creation were palpable.  The jury awarded the first prize to a music band from Tira la Red – the Archdiocesan network of the Latino Youth Charismatic Renewal. The Franciscan Action Network provided the top award in the form of $300. During the concert, members of the Latino JPIC committee were distributing material with information on how to save energy and lead a healthier, sustainable lifestyle. CASA de Maryland has given out over 3,500 CFL light bulbs.

The Care for Creation concert was organized by the Latino JPIC ministry, a local Latino radio program De Cara al Viento, and Utopia Franciscana.  Otto Perez, the leader of the Latino JPIC ministry at St. Camillus and who is also a FAN Commissioner said: “Our entire committee was full of joy helping to organize  the 2nd environmental awareness concert.  Everyone was convinced that this concert would give us a wonderful chance to convey how important it is to protect our beloved mother earth.  It was heartening to see the interest of so many Latinos – especially the young adults – in adopting a more sustainable lifestyle.”

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