Examining Laudato Si
The University of Saint Francis, in cooperation with Our Sunday Visitor, will be hosting a one-day conference to study Pope Francis’s recent encyclical, “Sharing the Gospel of Creation: Integral Ecology and Catholic Theology in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si.” The conference will be held during the afternoon of October 3 in the USF North Campus, 2702 Spring Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Schedule of Events
The conference will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. and will be split into four sessions, each featuring an individual lecture. A networking break will be provided between the second and third sessions to give attendees a chance to gather and discuss as light refreshments are served. After the final lecture, all speakers will reconvene for a panel discussion to end the conference.
Four plenary speakers will address the Pope’s encyclical on the preservation of the planet from multiple perspectives:
- Mr. John Carr, Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University – “Pope Francis’ Faithful Call to Care for Creation and the Poor”
- Dr. J. Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame – “Science, Faith and Ethics: Climate Science, the Precautionary Principle, and Catholic Teachings on the Environment in Laudato Si”
- Dr. Maryanne Cusimano Love, Associate Professor of International Relations, The Catholic University of America – “The Pope, Poverty, the Planet and Policy”
- Dr. Adam DeVille, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Theology, USF – “Ecumenical Ecology: Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew, and Caring for Creation”
This conference is open to the public and there is no charge to attend, but attendees are asked to register in advance.