Exploring Laudato Si': A Call to Ecological Conversion

With Anne Curtis, RSM and Arlene Flaherty, OP, D. Min.

Earth Day:  Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

$50 (includes workshop and lunch)

Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change. We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone. This basic awareness would enable the development of new convictions, attitudes and forms of life. A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.” – Pope Francis, Laudato Si’


On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ global wake-up call as expressed in his encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Care for Our Common Home), we invite you into experiential and prayerful reflection on how the natural world is revelatory of God and our kinship with all of Creation. This workshop is meant to support participants in their personal journey toward ecological conversion, help grow thematic familiarity and engagement with Laudato Si’ and provide spiritual and educational resources that can be shared with others seeking to be on the long and necessary path toward Earth’s renewal.

Anne Curtis, RSM, is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She currently serves as Executive Director for Mercy Ecology, Inc. where she is able to integrate her passion for Earth with spirituality and justice. Anne served as a member of the Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; as a lobbyist at NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby in Washington, DC. She has ministered as a Case Manager at Melita House for pregnant women in Rochester, NY; in Santiago, Chile as a pastoral worker and accompanying women’s groups; and as an educator and campus minister at Mercy High School, Rochester, NY. Anne holds a Master’s degree in Theology from St. Michael’s College, Vermont and certificates from An Tairseach Dominican Ecology Centre, Wicklow, Ireland and the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology in New Haven, CT.

Arlene Flaherty, OP, D. Min., is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, NY. She is a skilled teacher and justice promoter, who is committed to promoting integral ecology—a way of understanding and addressing the root causes and connections between social injus-tice and ecological injustice. Her long-term international ministerial commitments include Jamaica and Haiti. She has led delegations to Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon to document the refugee crises in the region. Her current ministry is Director of the Office of Justice and Peace, School Sisters of Notre Dame in Wilton, CT. Recently, Arlene participated in a study-sabbatical program at the Dominican Ecology Centre in Wicklow, Ireland, exploring “spirituality in the context of an evolving universe, an endangered earth, in the Christian tradition.”

Sessions:  1
Date:  4/22/2020
Meeting Time:  Wednesday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Fees: 
$50.00   (Class Fee (includes workshop and lunch))