Feast of St. Francis


The Newman Center is pleased to offer a Workshop on Climate Change and its Impact on the Poor

October 4; 2:00pm – 4:00pm; Burke Lounge



In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis, the Newman Center will join hundreds of other Catholic parishes, schools, and colleges in a program titled From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! Creating a Climate for Solidarity.

2014 marks the 35th anniversary of St. Francis’s naming as the Patron Saint of those who promote ecology. Pope Francis, the first pontiff to take his name from St. Francis, has repeatedly highlighted how the poor are disproportionately harmed by environmental degradation. This workshop and discussion will focus on climate change from the perspectives of “the two Francises.”

Rooted in the life of St. Francis and animated by Catholic teaching on climate change, From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! Creating a Climate for Solidarity is a 90-minute multimedia presentation that combines short video testimonials with group reflection. The program highlights the impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and offers concrete ways that Catholic individuals and communities can respond.

We will offer this program on Saturday, October 4 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in the Burke Lounge. A discussion of the film will include steps you can take in response—steps that are based in authentic Catholic teaching.

The event provides a concrete example of responding to Pope Francis’s words urging us to make care for Creation and care for the poor a significant part of our Catholic witness: Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!   (March 19, 2013)

UMass student and local residents are invited along with the regular members of the Newman community. The program is sponsored by the Catholic Climate Covenant, a national Catholic partnership organization whose members include, among others, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information about this event, contact John M. Gerber at jgerber@umass.edu and visit CatholicClimateCovenant.org.