Don Bosco School of Theology’s LSCET Course Receives International Recognition

In a significant stride towards environmental stewardship within the global community, the Don Bosco School of Theology (DBST) has garnered international recognition for its Laudato Si’ Certified Environmental Trainer (LSCET) course. This recognition comes as a result of the collaboration between DBST and the Joint Diploma Course in Integral Ecology, facilitated by the Gregorian Pontifical University and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development of the Vatican.

Fr. Francis Gustilo, DBST President and a prominent figure in environmental advocacy, was invited to present the LSCET to participants of the Joint Diploma Course in Integral Ecology on April 18, 2024. The course, attended by over 600 men and women from around the world, is dedicated to advancing the cause of caring for our common home.

The journey towards international recognition began when DBST initially presented the LSCET to the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in June 2023, just before the commencement of the first batch of LSCET participants. The endorsement received from the Dicastery underscores the effectiveness and significance of the LSCET program, signaling hope for its broader adoption among individuals seeking to become advocates for environmental sustainability and guardians of the Earth.

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development further solidified its support for the LSCET course by publicly promoting it on its official Facebook page. This endorsement serves as a testament to the course’s alignment with the principles outlined in Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, which calls for urgent action to protect our planet and its inhabitants.

The LSCET course, rooted in the teachings of Laudato Si’, offers participants a comprehensive understanding of environmental issues and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective environmental trainers. Through a blend of theological underpinnings, knowledge of the ecological crisis, and experiential learning through environmental technology, participants are empowered to address ecological challenges within their communities and beyond.

By receiving international recognition and endorsement from esteemed institutions such as the Gregorian Pontifical University and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the LSCET course stands as a beacon of hope in the global fight against environmental degradation. It serves as a testament to the commitment of the Catholic Church and its educational institutions to promote ecological awareness and inspire positive action for the well-being of present and future generations.

As the world continues to grapple with environmental crises, initiatives like the LSCET course offer a ray of hope, nurturing a new generation of eco-warriors who are dedicated to safeguarding our planet and fostering a more sustainable future for all. Through education, advocacy, and collective action, we can heed the call of Laudato Si’ and work towards a harmonious relationship with nature, ensuring the preservation of our common home for generations to come.