The Saint Francis of Assisi Environmental Movement (REFA) has been involved in ecological education in Poland for over 40 years. It especially cares about the ethical perspective in the recognition of environmental issues, shaping the attitude of respect towards nature and the proper relationship between man and the environment as indispensable conditions for sustainable and ecological development. From June 2015 (the date of the Laudato si’ encyclical announcement), REFA has been strongly engaged in the promotion of its message (among others e.g. during the COP in Paris and World Youth Day in Krakow). We run educational projects and campaigns targeted at young people, adults and Catholic communities.
Our team is experienced in the implementation and coordination of projects and we cooperate with network of experts. REFA is one of the few organizations in Poland that has a team of people able to translate the ecological message of the Laudato si’ encyclical and the Church thought on ecology into a language accessible to a wide audience using various media such as: a guide to the main themes of encyclicals, a scientific monograph, workshop materials, running a dedicated website. We have experience in preparing and conducting educational projects for various groups, parties and local communities.
This section contains information about our Movement in English.
The Polish National Council of Catholic Movements (ORRK) was established in June 1990 as the fruit of an earlier cooperation between leaders of Catholic movements and associations. In 2005–2007, ORRK organized the 3rd National Congress of Catholic Movements and Associations. In 2010–2011 the 4th edition was held, resulting in the formulation of key guidelines that defined the directions and areas of the Church’s involvement in environmental issues. REFA actively participated in both events, promoting environmental issues in the Christian life, and continues to support the activities undertaken by ORRK.