New Resources for Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis

The feast day of St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated on October 4. For this special occasion, Catholic Climate Covenant has created a 90 minute program guide focused on ways that we can help the environment as we try to emulate St. Francis’ care for the world that God created.  The guide and other documents can be edited to better fit your community.

The theme for this year’s St. Francis feast day will be “Dial Down the Heat: Cultivate the Common Good for our Common Home.” The focus will be on creating common ground to have constructive dialogue on climate change.  In the spirit of Pope Francis, this is an opportunity to have dialogue about the environmental impact on our poor communities.

The Catholic Climate Covenant is offering a program guide that includes:

How do your campus celebrate the Feast of St. Francis and promote constructive dialogue on sustainability and climate change?  Let us know!


Peace and Justice in ACCU’s Winter Newsletter

Earlier this week, ACCU released the Winter 2015 issue of its quarterly newsletter, Update. Read it in its entirety here, but be sure to take note of the peace and justice related sections. The highlighted sections include:

Marymount University Students Help Create Urban Farm by transforming an inner Washington, DC land plot into a venue for a “farmers market, public art, a community garden, and more.”

St. Thomas Aquinas Event Focuses on Water, in an effort to raise awareness about water conservation, sustainability, and more.

Mount Saint Vincent Releases Findings on Human Trafficking that show widespread lack of awareness about the issue.

Loras Professor Works to Start Interfaith Dialogue through the recently established interfaith movement called Children of Abraham, which seeks to foster dialogue among the Abrahamic faiths.

Carlow Dedicates LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-Certified Building, which features advanced technology throughout the building that will save energy and water and reduce waste.

Christian Brothers University, Felician University, Georgetown University, and The University of the Incarnate Word Answer the Call to Action with expansive initiatives to reach out to Hispanic and Latino students pursuing higher education.

 To subscribe to Update, please email Paula Moore.

Food for Thought Friday: Building a Better Peace

Food for Thought Friday: Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of International Relations at The Catholic University of America, recently published an insightful piece in America magazine about working for a just peace.  She discusses how Pope Francis, in “The Joy of the Gospel”, calls for dialogue to build a more just peace.  Dr. Cusimano Love notes that the Catholic Church has many institutions, including Catholic colleges and universities, that could foster dialogue and help develop positive relationships.  Read the full article on the America website.

St. Thomas Opens Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship

The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has announced the formation of the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship, which will promote civil discourse and citizenship through theological insight and inquiry into economic, political, and social issues.  The Institute will be directed by Dr. Massimo Faggioli, a theologian and church historian who has been on UST’s faculty since 2009.

Learn more about UST’s insightful new Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship and the inspiration behind it all.