International Conferences

Hosted By Creatio

Laudato si' and the Family: Living Human Ecology in Daily Life

September 2015 Philadelphia - United States

On September 23rd-25th, 2015, participants with many different backgrounds and interests gathered in West Chester, Pennsylvania to discuss Pope Francis’ latest encyclical, Laudato si’, and how it relates to family. Participants engaged in dialogue and brought unique perspectives together for discussion on how we live this relationship between faith and environment in our daily lives. Learn more about the participants and read their papers discussing the topic by following the link.

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Creatio Conference: Jesus and Nature

July 2013 - World Youth Day Rio de Janiero - Brazil

On July 22th -24th, 2013, as an official cultural event of the World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Creatio sponsored the Conference: Jesus and Nature: Catholic Perspectives on Environmental Issues. This event brought together scientists, professors, theologians, a farmer, priest and Cardinal to share ideas about the role of Church in facing current environmental issues, like climate change, food security, consumerism and others.</p> <p>The main items covered during the days of the event were: Reconciliation Theology, Environmental Challenges of our Times and Catholic Perspectives about the Environment. Likewise, in those days, participants had the opportunity to enjoy the unique and wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro, which integrates nature and faith, especially during the WYD 2013 with the Pope.

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Discovering Christ in the Beauty of Ecology

August 2011 - World Youth Day Madrid - Spain

On August 17th, 2011, at the Colegio Roncalli in Madrid, a panel of four speakers presented an officially sponsored cultural event for World Youth Day on the environment entitled “Discovering Christ in the beauty of ecology”. Among the speakers were Dr. Pablo Martinez, professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, event organizer, Sister Damien Marie Savino, professor of environmental studies and science at St. Thomas University in Texas, Mary Taylor of Pax in Terra and Ricardo Simmonds of Creatio.</p> <p>The event presented different Catholic perspectives on the environment. Dr. Martinez shared his work in forestry and development in the context of his Catholic faith, Sister Savino shared her experience on the Camino de Santiago and spirituality, Mary Taylor presented the “7 c’s” concept of a Catholic environmental outlook, and Ricardo Simmonds spoke of reconciliation as a theological approach to Catholic environmentalism. The event was well attended and reflected the pluralism and diversity of the Church. The questions at the end and discussion that followed involved an audience from countries as varied as Angola, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Ecuador and others.

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Faith and the Environment: Questions and Challenges

August 2009 Denver - United States

In August of 2009 the first Creatio Conference, “Faith and Environment: Questions and Challenges” was launched. The conference was a great success, featuring intellectuals, religious and laypersons, priests and Archbishop Charles Chaput, now Archbishop and soon to be Cardinal of Philadelphia.</p> <p>The Archbishop was the keynote speaker at the first Creatio Conference in 2009 at St. Malo Retreat Center, and spoke about the importance of Catholicism for the environmental challenges of today. He will also be featured in the upcoming 13 episode documentary “The 4th Rupture: A Path Towards Reconciliation” on EWTN, speaking on the Church’s role in stewardship.</p> <p>Also featured at the Creatio Conference was Eduardo Regal from Peru, superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, as well as Dr. Pablo Martinez de Anguita from Spain, Dr. Bernard Amadei, Dr. Chris Shannon and Dr. Lakshman Guruswami.

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