Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home is an encyclical from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. May 2020 marks the 5th Anniversary of the encyclical and the beginning of the Laudato Sí Year.
Faculty reflect on the continued importance of the papal encyclical and resources for celebrating the anniversary observance: Phil Thompson, PhD, director of the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) and professor of civil and environmental engineering; Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC) and professor of theology and religious studies; and Donna Teevan, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.
In cooperation with the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosted an online dialogue on the powerful message, continuing importance, and future implications of Laudato Sí with Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of the encyclical’s architects from the Vatican, Christiana Zenner, a theologian focused on environmental ethics, Dan Misleh, a leader in acting and educating on the encyclical, and Kim Wasserman, a grassroots voice on the front lines of environmental justice. Watch the video on Georgetown University’s website (https://catholicsocialthought.georgetown.edu/events/laudato-si-after-five-years)
Five years ago, Pope Francis issued Laudato Si', an encyclical (or letter) on the importance of caring for the earth, "our common home." Since then, Jesuit colleges and universities have been among the institutions of higher education across the world to respond to the Pope's message by making positive environmental changes on their campuses. This month's issue of Connections highlights six of those schools: Creighton, Georgetown, Loyola Chicago, Loyola Maryland, Rockhurst and the University of San Francisco. Read more here: https://www.ajcunet.edu/connections
America – The Jesuit Review has an extensive archive of news stories covering Laudato Sí. Recent articles include:
View the entire archive here: https://www.americamagazine.org/topic/laudato-si
Welcome to the celebration of the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’!
Pope Francis invites us to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si' from May 24, 2020 to May 24, 2021 - a whole year! There are many ways you can participate from home on your own, with your family, or virtually with your group, parish or community. Learn more here: https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/resource/laudato-si-year
Photo Description (left to right): 2015 Interfaith Prayer Service; Art by student (now alum) Maya Lall; 2015-16 Catholic Heritage Lecture brochure; 2018 Summit artwork by Tim Corey of Colibri Facilitation
The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, partnering with many organizations, has provided a variety of programs focused Laudato Sí, including an interfaith celebration, a year-long focus for the Catholic Heritage Lectures, an undergraduate/graduate course series, a community-wide summit and also supported faculty research.
September 24, 2015 – An interfaith response Pope Francis’ engagement with the climate crisis and the changing ecology of our world in Laudato Si’, featuring reflections from Dr. Edward Daichi Salazar (Eco Sangha Seattle), Rev. Cherag Halima Thea Levkovitz (Sufi Order International), Sr. Clare Josef-Maier (Deaconess in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), Rabbi Zari Weiss (Kol HaNeshamah synagogue), Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos (Director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture) and Jessie Dye (Program and Outreach Director of Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power and Light). This event was an evening of ritual, word and song as we renew our commitment to care for our common home.
Sponsored by: ICTC, STM, Seattle U Campus Ministry, Office of Jesuit Mission and Identity, Earth Ministry
Inspired by Laudato Sí, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, the year-long series and related programming followed the movements of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. See the full program here: https://www.seattleu.edu/ictc/events/catholic-heritage-lectures/past-speakers/2015-16/
In 2015-16, in coordination with the Catholic Heritage Lectures, a year-long program for undergraduate and graduate students was offered. The fall quarter, inspired by the intersection of Franciscan spirituality and the First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, focused on the theme of gratitude for creation. The work of renowned scholar of religion and science and Franciscan spirituality, Dr. Ilia Delio framed the discourse. In the winter quarter, Dr. Christiana Z. Peppard, a theological ethicist with an expertise on water, considered the First Movement of the Spiritual Exercises, which focuses on the reality of sin the face of God’s love. Dr. Peppard considered how Catholic social thought draws connections between ecological destruction and social injustice, looking specifically at Laudato Si’ and what it says about the reality of the dynamic of ecological sin and its implications in our times. For spring quarter, Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, PhD, a scientist and President of Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, presented on “Tilling the Earth, Caring for the Poor: Musings on Stewardship and Sustainability.” Fr. Villarin addressed the question of how we can overcome a sense of fragmentation and insularity, given the ecological risks that face us, and the uneven distribution of responsibilities.
Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, PhD – Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture
Le Xuan Hy, PhD – Catholic Studies
Robert Stephan, SJ – Mission and Ministry
Faustino M. Cruz, SM, PhD – School of Theology and Ministry
Catholics across Seattle gathered in response to Pope Francis’ call to Care for our Common Home. People came together in prayer, learning and action around the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si, which invites everyone (all people of goodwill!) to Share the Journey in Care for the Earth and Care for the Poor.
Keynotes included Dan Misleh (Executive Director, Catholic Climate Covenant) and Caroline Brennan (Global Humanitarian Response Team, Catholic Relief Services). Special blessing offered by the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, J. Peter Sartain.
JESSICA IMANAKA – Forms of Life: From Technocratic Paradigm to Eco-politics
Inspired by Pope Francis’ critiques of technology and calls for a “bold cultural revolution” in Laudato Si’, her paper argues that environmental injustices issue from a dynamic between technologies of power and the powers of technology. The paper puts Laudato Si’ into dialogue with Peter Sloterdijk’s account of Ignatian anthropotechnics and Giorgio Agamben’s thoughts on Franciscan forms of life so as to sketch a vision of an eco-politics guided by contemplation.
JASON WIRTH – Laudato Si’ and Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness
This project brings Laudato Si’ into dialogue with Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) program. The GNH concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing.
Download the entire text of Laudato Sí from the Vatican’s website
Download an infographic for Laudato Sí, designed by Jessica Palmer for the Earth, Spirituality and Justice course in the fall of 2015
Download a copy of the Seattle University Edible Campus Map
Download a map and learn more about the trees on Seattle University’s campus
Learn more about the annual Earth Month events coordinated by SU’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability