Recovering the Gift of Creation: A Fifth Anniversary Symposium on Laudato Si’

UPDATE: POSTPONED TO JULY 2021

“The world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.” — Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #12

Join colleagues from the around the country–including some of the foremost Catholic thinkers in the United States and some of the founding members of the Laudato Si’ International Institute–for conversation about and reflection on this landmark Church document in celebration of its fifth anniversary. In particular, we will explore the distinctive contribution of Catholic theology to contemporary ecological discussions about Creation – humankind’s role within it, as well as the challenges its rightful stewardship presents – from the technical, to the economic, the political and the social, through to the ethical dimension of our everyday actions and our most dear relations of marriage and family.

This three-day symposium will take place with the beauty of Maine as its setting on the Saint Joseph’s College campus along the shore of Sebago Lake.

Symposium speakers include:

  • Archbishop Javier Martínez Fernández, Archbishop of Granada (Spain), President of the Laudato Si’ International Institute
  • Tebaldo Vinciguerra, Dicastery for Integral Human Development, Vatican
  • Joseph Capizzi, President, Center for Integral Human Development, Catholic University of America
  • David C. Schindler, Communio International Catholic Review and the Pontifical John Paul II Institute (CUA)
  • Nick Healy, Communio International Catholic Review and the Pontifical John Paul II Institute (CUA)
  • Larry Chapp, Communio International Catholic Review and DeSales University
  • Aaron Riches, Laudato Si’ International Institute and Benedictine College
  • Mary G. Taylor, Laudato Si’ International Institute and Communio International Catholic Review
  • Fr. Ildefonso Fernández-Fígares, Laudato Si’ International Institute and the Major Seminary of Granada
  • Pablo Martínez de Anguita, Laudato Si’ International Institute and the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid)
  • Maria Angeles Martin, Laudato Si’ International Institute the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid)
  • Sr. Damien Marie Savino, Laudato Si’ International Institute and Aquinas College

Graduate Credit

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine’s Online Theology Program will offer three graduate credits to those who participate in the Symposium. Students will attend all sessions of the Symposium, participate in discussions, and produce a final paper.

To obtain course credit, students must register through the College registration procedures. Please contact Online Admissions at onlineadmissions@sjcme.edu to register for:  TH 527 Special Topics Recovering the Gift of Creation.

The Saint Joseph College tuition rate of $1128.00 USD is in addition to symposium fees and travel expenses. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is accredited through the New England Commission of Higher Education. Students must register for the symposium separately and provide their own travel accommodations. Contact Dr. Carmina Chapp at cchapp@sjcme.edu with questions.

Lodging Check-in at 3:00 PM

Lodging Check-out by 10:00 AM

Click here for a symposium schedule (in progress).

Saint Joseph’s College is offering accommodations on campus for the symposium (see below). However, if you wish to lodge off-campus, click here for a listing of area lodgings.