The Laudato Si' interfaith study group met throughout the 2015-16 academic year, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development (CAT+FD), Campus Ministry, the Department of Theology, and the Department of Political Science.
Laudato Si study group
The study group was composed of faculty, staff, and students. Participants included Basil Davis, Pamela Waldron-Moore, Susan Spillman, Chelsea E. Tallman, Sarah Bertrand, Ammiel Williams, Allen Gale, Etido S Jerome, Mark Gstohl, Terynek Grover, Shelby Santiago, and Monica Loughlin. The group was convened by Bart Everson of CAT+FD.

Together we read and discussed Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home, the 2015 encyclical letter by Pope Francis.

At our final meeting, the following recommendations were formulated:
  1. Xavier should consider joining the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
  2. To expand our capacity for sustainable practices, a grant is likely necessary. Members of the study group stand ready to help write such a grant proposal to an organization such as, for example, the Templeton Foundation.
  3. Potential partners may include Campus Ministry, the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, the Division of Business.