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Workshop Explores our Relationship to Nature Through Lens of Catholic Social Teaching

January 5, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Barbara Wall, PhD, explores the meaning of nature and the common good through the lens of Catholic social teaching documents from 1891 to recent years. Her workshop, “Our Relationship to Nature from Rerum Novarum to Laudato Si’,” is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Dr. Wall, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Villanova University, has designed and implemented a variety of initiatives to sharpen Villanova’s commitment to its Catholic identity and Augustinian heritage. 

The $40 cost for the workshop includes lunch. Registration is required and is available at www.webercenter.org; click on “programs.” Registrations may also be made by contacting Weber Center at 517-266-4000 or webercenter@adriandominicans.org.

Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call Weber Center at 517-266-4000.

Voices Begins New Year with Free Sessions on Laudato Si’

January 13, 2016, Detroit – Have you made a New Year’s resolution to become more aware of and more involved in the urgent environmental issues of our day? If so, Voices for Earth Justice has some special opportunities for you.

An interfaith network of people focused on spirituality and care for the Earth, Voices is offering a series of presentations on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on environmental issues such as global climate change. Led by Adrian Dominican Sister Patricia Benson, the sessions will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, January 16 and 23, at St. Basil Church, 22851 Lexington Avenue, Eastpointe.

The talks are free of charge, but donations will be accepted. To register or for more information, email Sister Pat

Dr. Janet Stankowski, OP, Development Director of Voices, is also seeking people interested in volunteering to serve on the organization’s board of directors. For information or to volunteer, email Sister Janet

Voices was founded in 2001 by Sister Janet and Adrian Dominican Associate Patricia Gillis out of a need to bring a faith-based perspective to environmental issues. Sister Janet described the non-profit organization as a “faith-based network whose mission is to pray, educate, and act on behalf of Earth.”  

The presentations on Laudato Si’ begin a new year of activities for Voices for Earth Justice, which concluded 2015 with a flurry of events coordinated with other organizations in the Detroit area. To read about the events of last Fall and about Voice’s ongoing projects, read the January 2016 newsletter.

Feature photo: From left, Sisters Janet Stankowski, Janet Traut, Annette Desloover, and Virginia (Ginny) King pause in the task of raking leaves to pose with the Detroit Community Development Award.



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