“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integral approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.”
“I want to recognize, encourage and thank all those striving in countless ways to guarantee the protection of the home which we share.”
Pope Francis, Laudatu Si, 2015
The Haven for Ecological Living and Learning (HEAL) established by the Medical Mission Sisters in 2006 is a direct response to the challenge posed by the ecological crisis and to heed the call of Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudatu Si. This is a place where we, humans, become more aware of the devastation we are unleashing on the planet in our time and to awaken in us the vocation as protectors and carers of Mother Earth. Over the years HEAL has offered different programs to different sectors, groups, individuals, organizations to experience what it means to be a member of the community of life and to realize that we are only a part of the total Web of Life. Recently, HEAL had the oppotunity to share their programs to the different groups who came as shown in these photos: the priests and sisters of different nationalities and religious congregation attending the East Asia Pastoral Institute’s Sabbatical Leadership Experience last March 7-11, 2016; the Buddihists Monks from Korea for a Day With the Earth progam last February 28-29, 2016 and 3 farmers from Pagadian City and Tangub City for one-month training on Organic Farming and Permaculture on who arrived last Feruary 23 and still on-going.