Tag Archive for ecology

Jesuits in Cambodia respond to Laudato si’

2015.10.jmc_statement_laudato_siThe Jesuits, volunteers, religious sisters, and Khmer collaborators of Jesuit Mission Cambodia welcome and support the latest encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato si’ (On Care for Our Common Home).

The Pope’s letter speaks poignantly to us in our present time and place. Last year, Cambodia ranked first in the world for the highest rate of forest loss between 2001 and 2014, with the effect of this “suffered by the poorest,” especially the indigenous communities of the northeast. Our cities, such as Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, are developing rapidly, yet more and more are socially excluded, many have no voice against the rich and powerful who take advantage of them, and it is doubtful whether our economic growth leads to “integral development and an improvement in the quality of life” for the common Cambodian.

A Common Vision of the Amazonian Rainforest

DeforestationJesuits who work across the vast Amazonian rainforest are collaborating to protect the world’s largest eco-system – and its peoples – from destruction. Together with their lay partners, they met recently in Manaus, Brazil, with representatives from various non-governmental organisations and funding agencies, as well as from school and university networks, for the launch of the Pan-Amazonian Project.

Alter-Nature, Alter-Native: Mindanaoan Folklore in Ecology and Performance

xu_callforpaperDate: 24-25 April 2015
Venue: SEARSOLIN, Masterson’s Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
The Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) and the Department of English and Literature of Xavier University—Ateneo de Cagayan invite papers from folklore scholars, theater practitioners, and performance studies experts who specialize on the dynamics of Mindanaoan folklore, ecology, and/or performance for a national conference to be held at SEARSOLIN, Masterson’s Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City on 24-25 April 2015.

Ecologist finds God in all creation

20a2fa5462802bbe4483b73a87c1ad3d_XLFr. John McCarthy has a love of nature that goes back to his early childhood. When he joined the Jesuits, his novice master recognized that his interest in the natural world was profound and encouraged him to make time for it in his priestly life. He has and on a grand scale.

McCarthy has spent most of his career working as a forest ecologist in his native Newfoundland. So, when he goes for a walk or when he looks out of a window at a distant horizon, it isn’t surprising that he sees the world just a little differently.