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Report: Faith and Ecology Courses in North American Seminaries

The Interfaith Sustainability Center in Jerusalem has just published a list of 25 seminaries where faith and ecology courses exist. Among the seven courses they feature is one taught by Father Regis Armstrong, O.F.M, Cap., at the Catholic University of America:

Francis of Assisi: Prophet of Peace and of Creation Catholic University of America: School of Theology and Religious Studies: Rev. Regis J. Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap., Ph.D.

Course Description: In the pursuit of peace and the preservation of the environment, Francis of Assisi is universally proposed as a patron, intercessor, and model. In addition to examining the life of Francis and the struggles of his times, this course will examine in depth the portrait of Francis written by St. Bonaventure, who understood Francis to be a model of every Christian called to be an instrument of peace and a catalyst in respecting creation.

St. Francis became the patron saint of nature and the environment based on his concern for all of the Creator’s inhabitants. Pope Francis chose the name in part due to the ecology-related writings of St. Francis, and titled his Encyclical on climate change “Be Praised” based on a St. Francis teaching.

While we are pleased to share the report from the Interfaith Sustainability Center, our John Templeton Foundation grant for US Roman Catholic seminaries is not open to courses on ecological issues.

Check out the full report: Interfaith Sustainability Center Jerusalem