Integral Ecology for the Common Good: Catholic Perspectives on Science, Sustainability, and Justice

St. Thomas More College
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Treaty Six Territory and Homeland of the Métis

Public Keynote- Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 7:30pm

Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium, St. Thomas More College

Reception to follow

Featuring Ilia Delio March, OSF,
Ilia Delio, Villanova University – “Integral Ecology and the Search for Wholeness: Are We Looking at the Wrong Universe?”

Main Conference (for Registered Attendees) Friday,March 23, 2018

Conference Program

8:45-9:15 a.m. – Registration and coffee, tea, juice, pastries

Fr. O'Donnell Auditorium, STM

9:15-10:20 a.m. – Plenary address by Philip J. Sakimoto, University of Notre Dame – “Climate Change: Integral Ecology in Action”

Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium, STM

10:30-12:00 – Concurrent sessions

Session I: Conceptualizing Integral Ecology and Science

STM Atrium

· “From Cardinal Bernardin’s Consistent Ethic of Life to Pope Francis’s Integral Ecology”

Dawn M. Nothwehr, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago

· “Varieties of Integral Ecology: From Franciscan to Ecomodernist”

Lisa H. Sideris, Indiana University, Bloomington

· “Building an Ecological Culture: Laudato Si’, Thomas Berry, and Natural History”

Cristina Vanin, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo

Session II: Social and Community Implications of Integral Ecology

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· “Liberation in the Anthropocene”

Simon Appolloni, University of Toronto

· “Integral Ecology, Science, and Socio-Ecological Flourishing: A Confluence Amongst Human-Earth-Divine Relationships, Social Justice, and the Common Good”

Christopher Hrynkow, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan

· “The Imagination of Interconnection: From Skellig Michael to Oscar Romero”

Kevin Vaughan, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

12:00-1:30 – Lunch at Choices (included with registration)

1:30-3:00 – Concurrent sessions

Session III: The Implications and Ethics of Integral Ecology

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· “Moral Foundation of the Custodianship of the Earth”

Roshan Borsato, University of Lumsa, Rome

· “When Oiko-nomy Equals Oiko-logy: Taking Pope Francis’ Words a Bit Further”

Bruno R. Zazo, Durham University

Session IV: Science, Connection, and Literature

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· “‘Everything is interconnected’: Poetry and Ecology for the Common Good in SW Ontario”

Deborah Bowen, Redeemer University College

· “Laudato Si’, ‘The Mass on the World,’ and Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Revelation’”

George Piggford, Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts

· “‘Watch the edges that blur’: Science, Justice, and Poetry”

Cynthia R. Wallace, St Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan

Session V: Grounding Integral Ecology

STM Atrium

· “Laudato Si’: Responding to the Challenges of the Ecological Crisis in the Philippine Situation”

Jaazeal Estelou D. Jakosalem, San Jose University, Philippines

· “When the Pope Speaks Who listens? Laudato Si’ in Six North American Cities”

Randolph Haluza-DeLay, The King’s University, Edmonton

· “Healthy Humans in a Healthy Planet: A Step Toward Integral Ecology”

Dennis Patrick O’Hara, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

3:15-4:20 – Plenary address by Damien Marie Savino, Aquinas College – “Living the Ecology of Daily Life and Building a Culture of Care”

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4:20-4:40 – Coffee and tea

4:45-6:15 – Synthesis panel with keynote and plenary speakers

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Inquiries about the conference should be addressed to

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

  1. Ilia Delio, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Washington, D.C., is the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University. She is the author of 17 books, including Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology and Consciousness (Orbis Books 2015). She holds two doctorates, one in Theology from Fordham University and the other in Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers University.

  2. Philip J. Sakimoto is director of the Program in Academic Excellence in the University of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies (FYS) and holds the rank of professional specialist. Sakimoto received his BA in physics from Pomona College and his MA and PhD in astronomy from UCLA. He spent close to 15 years at NASA, most recently as program manager and acting director of the NASA Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program. He managed a wide variety of educational programs at all levels, including overseeing initiatives aimed at improving the diversity of NASA’s science and education communities.

  3. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, is Dean of Science and Sustainability at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids. She holds a PhD in Civil (Environmental) Engineering and an MA in Theology from the Catholic University of America, MS in Soil Science University of Connecticut, and an undergraduate degree in Biogeography (High Honours) from McGill University. She has recently presented a documentary series Creation with Salt and Light TV, consisting of six one-half hour episodes exploring, through the eyes of science and faith, our human responsibility for creation.