Human Dignity and Solidarity

Care for Creation Ministry

Caring for our Earth is a requirement of our faith, as through this practice we become stewards of creation. In doing so, we are compelled to live and act in ways that protect the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants, whether human or non-human, in caring for creation we show respect and love to the Creator. Our bond to creation primordially calls us to be advocates and disciples in the current issues that environmentally threaten the integrity of our planet. The mitigation of human-induced climate change affects us all and the future of our younger generations.

“Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.” — Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 91

Care for our Common Home Monday Online Gatherings

Beginning on Monday, January 22, we will be hosting bi-weekly gatherings online via Zoom. During these 40 minute gatherings (7 – 7:40 p.m.), we will pray, read passages from and reflect on Laudato Si’, and discuss what we are doing in our communities to care for our common home. This online forum will be available every other Monday from January 22 moving forward. Participation is free and easy – you can access the meeting through PC, Mac, iOS, Android, or phone call. To download an online calendar of scheduled gatherings, along with access information, follow this link. Or, A direct link to our Zoom meeting space is here. If you have any questions or needs about these online gatherings, please contact Michael Terrien at mterrien@archchicago.org. Come join us as we pray and work in solidarity to care for our common home!

Faith and Environment Lecture

Join us on Wednesday, May 23 at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum as Mundelein Seminary Rector Fr. John Kartje presents, "God Saw That it was Good...And the Scientists Agreed: Faith Meets Science in the Natural World".

Flyer (PDF)

6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Registration, Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Lecture by Fr. John Kartje
8:15 p.m. – 9 p.m. Discussion Groups and Q&A

Admission is FREE, but registration is limited to the first 250 participants.
To register, visit kartjelecture.eventbrite.com.

For any questions or more information, please call 874.970.4816.

Creating Your Laudato Si' Narrative: A Communications Workshop

Wednesday, June 6
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cardinal Meyer Center
3525 South Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

Pope Francis calls “each person on this living planet” to care for our common home, but because everyone’s home is different, creating effective campaigns around this initiative can be challenging. Join the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity on Wednesday, June 6 as we welcome Assistant Professor of Journalism Jill Hopke of DePaul University. Dr. Hopke will share insights from the latest social science research on how to design communication strategies that connect climate change to daily life and tips for choosing engaging climate visuals. Participants will get ideas for how to tell new narratives about the human toll of our changing climate, as well as for building community resiliency and climate hope.

To register, please click here. Lunch will be provided to all attendees.