Natural and Human Ecology: A panel discussion on Laudato Si' in St. Paul, MN

Natural and Human Ecology: A panel discussion on Laudato Si’

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (morning event)

University of St. Thomas
Anderson Student Center – Woulfe Alumni Hall
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Due to an overwhelming number of RSVPs, we anticipate having limited parking. We encourage you to arrive early; doors open at 8:00 a.m., and coffee and breakfast refreshments will be available.




The encyclical Laudato Si’, On care for our common home, was released earlier this summer, June 18, and continues to be a hot topic of discussion for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Through Laudato Si’, Pope Francis is speaking as a pastor to Catholics around the world, and all people of good will, offering moral considerations rooted in foundational Catholic teachings about care for others and care for God’s creation.

What are the moral considerations? What do they look like applied to daily life? How might they change how we consider Creation, both human and natural? What sort of good could they foster in our communities?

Join Minnesota Catholic Conference, Catholic Rural Life, and University of St. Thomas Center for Catholic Studies, along with the Catholic bishops of Minnesota and others, to shed some light (and less heat) on these questions and more!

Discussion panelists include…

  • Cecilia Calvo, Project Coordinator of the Environmental Justice Program, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Dr. Daniel Finn, Clemens Professor in Economics & Liberal Arts and professor of theology, St. John’s University
  • Dr. Christopher Thompson, Academic Dean, The St. Paul Seminary
  • Fr. Joseph Backowski, Pastor, St. Mary’s in Breckenridge, Minn. and St. Thomas in Kent, Minn. Catholic churches
  • Fred Callens, owner of Callens Honey Farm, St. Leo, Minn.

…with special remarks from Paul Douglas, nationally-recognized meteorologist and entrepreneur!

Additional remarks will be made by Jim Ennis, Executive Director, Catholic Rural Life, and the Most Reverend Paul Sirba, Bishop of Duluth.

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Please go HERE to register.

RSVP is free and is requested to provide sufficient seating and refreshments.

Watch the panel discussion HERE.

Read the Laudato Si' FAQ HERE.


September 09, 2015 at 9:00am - 11:30am


University of St. Thomas, Woulfe Hall