Amazonia: Dominicans in Solidarity with Creation

Episode Fifteen


Two million square miles of rainforest in the Amazon River basin is the focus of the global Dominican family’s Month for Peace observance in 2023. Springfield Dominican Sister Mila Díaz Solano and Father Brendan Curran, a member of the Dominican central province and the North American co-promoter of justice for the Order of Preachers discuss the challenges facing the region and the dream of Dominicans in the Amazon for the people they serve. 


About our guest

Sister Mila Díaz Solono, OP, is a native of Tarma, Peru, and currently serves on the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.

Father Brendan Curran, OP, is a friar of the Dominican Central Province and is the North American co-promoter for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.


About Our host

Sister Beth Murphy is the communications director for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.



Webinar registration for Committed to the Amazon.
9:00 a.m. Central, Saturday, December 9, 2023 

Dominican Month for Peace 2023 resources 

Laudato Deum. Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the climate crisis. 2023 

Querida Amazonia. Post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis. 2020 

Laudato Si’. On Care for our Common Home. Encyclical. 2015 

National Catholic Reporter stories on the 2019 Synod on the Amazon. 

In Peru’s Madre de Dios Region, church helps indigenous peoples survive (Bishop David Martínez de Aguirre Guinea, OP) 



  • The Dominicans of South America and the Caribbean collaborated on the 7th annual Dominican Month for Peace. 
  • Eight countries share the Amazon rainforest biome. 
  • The church in the region is modeling a synodal process for the rest of the world. 
  • Wherever we live in the world, we are directly impacted by the quality of the climate in Amazonia 
  • All issues facing humanity are brought together in the challenges facing Amazonia  
  • See the image from Pillsbury Mill mentioned in this episode. 

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