Laudato Sí Year

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.

The Significance of Laudato Si’ at Seattle University on its 5th Anniversary

Left to Right: Photo of Dr. Phil Thompson, Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez, and Dr. Donna Teevan

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.

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Laudato Sí News and Resources

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

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.

  • Read Laudato Sí

    Read Laudato Sí

    Download the entire text of Laudato Sí from the Vatican’s website

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  • Laudato Sí Infographic

    Laudato Sí Infographic

    Download an infographic for Laudato Sí, designed by Jessica Palmer for the Earth, Spirituality and Justice course in the fall of 2015

  • Edible Campus Map

    Edible Campus Map

    Download a copy of the Seattle University Edible Campus Map

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  • Trees of SU

    Trees of SU

    Download a map and learn more about the trees on Seattle University’s campus

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  • Earth Month and Earth Talks 2020

    Earth Month and Earth Talks 2020

    Learn more about the annual Earth Month events coordinated by SU’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

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