Human Dignity and Solidarity

Catholic Spirituality to Care for Our Common Home

To Every Living Person on this Planet:
Integrating the Spiritual Call of Laudato Si’

Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center
513 West Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis echoes St. John Paul II’s call for no less than a global ecological conversion. This mini-retreat will use personal reflection, forms of prayer and guided activities to lead participants through the spiritual movements central to the integration of the Pope Francis’ vision of care for our common home. This conversion includes the following elements: experiencing ourselves as creatures rooted in God, falling in love again with our common home, exploring how we relate to creation “out there,” recognizing our suffering and the suffering of our common home and responding to these deep needs. Jesus’ own life as expressed in the Gospels displays this same spiritual path. The call of our church through our continued life in the Spirit enables us to join him on the way. Throughout the retreat participants will also consider how they might use some of the retreats elements in their own parish communities.

Dr. Marian K. Diaz serves on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Laudato si’ Encyclical Working Group, and as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. For the past twenty years she has held various positions in university teaching and administration and in pastoral leadership and formation at the diocesan level. From 2009-2012 she accompanied her husband as he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See in Rome. Marian’s dissertation addressed the needs for adult faith formation diverse cultural contexts. Her theological interests include Scripture and early Christian history, spirituality, women in the Catholic church, Catholic social teaching and the intersection between pastoral practice and theological method.

Click here to register or call the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity at 312.534.5393 for more information.