Anne Doutriaux, an ambassador to develop the “Laudato si’” movement in France

By settling in the Drôme, around fifteen years ago, Anne Doutriaux immediately felt a strong emulation: in this territory, pioneer of the ecological transition, “we feel a very strong connection with nature and people are bursting with ideas! »she says.

From the village of Châteaudouble, this 47-year-old Catholic, an engineer by training and mother of three children, also ended up getting started: every day, she trains and supports lay people, priests and religious who wish to get involved in scale of their parish, their community or their diocese. Anne Doutriaux is in fact coordinator, for France, of the Laudato si’ movement: launched in 2015, this network distributes the Pope’s encyclical and encourages Catholics to take action.

From scientific alert to integral ecology

This commitment is rooted, for her, in a journey of faith guided by the desire to ” to transmit “. Raised in an unpracticing family, Anne Doutriaux remembers the day she was given her first Bible: “I was advised to start with the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, I started and it moved me a lot! » She then seeks to share this ” joy ” around her: she leads groups in her high school, teaches catechism in her parish, volunteers at the 1997 World Youth Day.

The ecological concern was just emerging while she was studying at the École centrale de Paris, but she was already adapting her lifestyle, from zero waste to slow consumption, and ended up moving to the countryside. “I was focused on the scientific findings and the urgency of doing my part… until 2018! » That year, she discovered the pope’s text, Laudato si’ : “I thought it was great that he took up the subject with such depth and invited us, beyond small gestures, to a conversion, which questions our attitude towards Creation! »

“Share ideas with people from New York and Rio”

By organizing a first event dedicated to integral ecology in her parish, she became aware of a gap within the Church: “Many told me they wanted to act but lacked the scientific and spiritual tools! » To remedy this, she turned to Laudato si’ online training and discovered counterparts around the world. “From my village, I could share ideas with people from New York and Rio. It gave me incredible strength! »

Still not very present in France, the movement is looking for an ambassador to develop: she is chosen and will train 125 new leaders. “The objective is for everyone to spread out: many are, for example, at the origin of a Green Church team or innovative initiatives, such as the Laudato si’ orchard, in Alsace, which invites people to begin their conversion while contemplating Creation! »

A Laudato week focused on the Europeans

Boosted by Laudate Deuma ” wakeup call ” of the Pope published at the end of 2023, Anne Doutriaux wants to allow the Catholic community to be “both in lucidity and in hope”. On the occasion of Laudato si’ Week, organized from May 19 to 26, a few weeks before the European elections, the movement is offering a series of webinars intended to provide keys to the role of the European Union in matters of ecology and to raise awareness about voting: “So that everyone understands the importance, for the future, of getting involved in the city as a Catholic and eco-friendly. »

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