In a special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies, we highlight the works of Jesuits vis-à-vis the environment from the perspective of various regions in the hopes of fostering a fruitful cross-cultural conversation that is needed within the Society.
In his discussion of the environmental activities of European Jesuits, José Ignacio García, SJ, chronicles the way the European Conference of the Society of Jesus employs an ecological perspective. Identifying exemplary figures at the origins of the Society who made helpful contributions to the natural sciences either as educators in schools or as missionaries, García elaborates how these early Jesuits were also active participants in various scientific fields, such as botany, entomology, astronomy, meteorology, and geography.
Jesuit Friends and Alumni of Grand Traverse Summer Event
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Villa Marquette in Omena
4504 M-22, Suttons Bay Township, MI 49682
Dr. Nancy Tuchman
Loyola University Chicago, Department of Biology,
Professor and Founding Director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Dr. Michael Schuck
Loyola University Chicago, Department of Theology,
Professor and Co-Director of the International Jesuit Ecology Project
Pope Francis’ call to “care for our common home” resonates differently depending upon where people live. For people living in more ecologically vulnerable parts of the world, such as the islands that compose the Philippines, it can define a path to survival.
Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin, S.J., president of Ateneo de Manila University and one of the scientists who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 along with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, will be at Santa Clara University April 6 to discuss pathways of hope that he sees, for those who seek to care for our common home. His talk will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Saint Clare Room of Santa Clara University’s Harrington Learning Commons. It is part of a series of Santa Clara Lectures funded through the generosity of the Bannan Institute of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at SCU.
“Each green initiative on our campus diverts resources from unsustainable projects to renewable, cost effective ones. Beyond the savings and the environmental benefits, these initiatives also create learning opportunities and fulfill the Jesuit ideal to be stewards of God’s creation.” – President Eugene J. Cornacchia