On Earth Day, April 22, 2022, President Andrew Manion made it official: Edgewood College has committed to participate in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: A 7-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology.
In a signing ceremony, part of a special Earth Week Mass in St. Joseph Chapel, Manion signed the letter of commitment that will be sent to the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. The signing was witnessed by dozens of attendees, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and several Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, the founding order and sponsor of Edgewood College.
“This is the start of an important journey, and we are honored to join the other Catholic colleges and universities around the world, and here in the U.S., in this important work to care for our common home,” President Manion, said.
As a new Laudato Si’ Institution, Edgewood College will chart a course through the Journey, with the assistance of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. In the
coming 2022-23 academic year, the College will gather a group of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and neighbors to develop a Laudato Si’ Action Plan that will address each of the seven Laudato Si’ goals:
- Respond to the Cry of the Earth
- Respond to the Cry of the Poor
- Foster Ecological Economics
- Adopt a Sustainable Lifestyle
- Offer Ecological Education
- Develop Ecological Spirituality
- Support Local Communities Edgewood College will report to the
Dicastery each year on its progress, and pledges to participate with other institutions around the world on the Journey around the world.