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Seminar: ‘Caring for Our Common Home’

June 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Trócaire, in association with the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin will host a seminar ‘Caring for our Common Home; Towards an Integrated Perspective on Society and the Environment’ on Wednesday 8 June, at Room G16, Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin 2. The seminar will mark one year since the publication of Laudato Si’, the social and environmental encyclical letter from Pope Francis.

Admission is free. All are welcome to attend. However as places are limited, registration is required. Please see the event page to register: For more information, contact Catherine at 01 8556814 or [email protected]

The event brings together speakers including Catherine Devitt (Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice), Dr. Lorna Gold (Trόcaire), Dr. Liam Lysaght (National Biodiversity Centre), and Dr. John Barry (Queens University Belfast) to discuss the implications of Laudato Si’, and offer response on how we can develop an integrated perspective on social and ecological problems and responses to achieve more just and sustainable ways of living.

The seminar will include opening remarks from Éamonn Meehan (Trόcaire) and Catherine Devitt (Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice), and the following presentations by the guest speakers:

  • Ireland’s Biodiversity; why we need to care for our ecosystems (Dr. Liam Lysaght, National Biodiversity Data Centre)
  • The Challenge of Laudato Si’ for Governance and Policy (Dr. Lorna Gold, Trόcaire)
  • Redefining our understanding of progress for human wellbeing and flourishing (Dr. John Barry, Queens University Belfast)

A panel discussion will also take place, chaired by Dr. Cathriona Russell (TCD), which will reflect on the importance of the encyclical and offer response on how we can drive the conversation forward, particularly in Ireland, to help realise the social and ecological transformation Pope Francis calls for. There will be closing remarks from John Guiney SJ (Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice).


We have reached a critical point in history: the accumulation of wealth at a scale never experienced before exists alongside, and is contributing to significant and increasing poverty and global inequality, the degradation of whole ecosystems is causing significant species decline, and the increasingly apparent threat of climate change risks destabilising our existence on Earth, and that of the thousands of other species we share our common home with.

We are called to make challenging decisions as to how we can create a more just and equal global society that is sensitive to the needs and processes of the natural environment in which we belong. Laudato Si’, the social and environmental encyclical letter from Pope Francis in 2015 generated much discussion and debate on these issues, and offered an integrated perspective on how we should respond to such complex socio-ecological challenges.


Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
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The ISE/Loyola Institute Building
Trinity College Dublin
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