Lewis University Lecture on March 22 to Highlight Pope Francis’ Encyclical

Lewis University will present a lecture on “New Covenant: Responsibility for the Earth,” discussing the encyclical letter by Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (On the Care of Our Common Home) as its 14th Annual Signum Fidei (Sign of Faith) Lecture.

Open to the public and free of charge, the lecture will be presented by Dr. Hille Haker, who holds the Richard McCormick, S.J. Endowed Chair of Catholic Moral Theology at Loyola University Chicago.  The Signum Fidei Lecture will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22,  in the Sancta Alberta Chapel, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

Pope Francis’ encyclical letter addresses the care for the planet within Christian theology. It also offers a critique of the technological and economic paradigm of domination of the earth.

Haker’s presentation will highlight the analysis given by Pope Francis, and spell out the New Covenant that he proposes: a covenant between humans and the earth. He recommends that personal conversion, social change, and policies are needed to make the transformation to a sustainable lifestyle possible. The presentation will end with initiatives from U.S. universities and students.

The Signum Fidei Lecture is organized by Lewis University’s Center for Ministry & Spirituality to celebrate the university’s Catholic and Lasallian heritage, bringing to campus men and women of vision and faith to illuminate issues affecting the Church and its people, to reflect on spirituality in the Catholic tradition, and to provide a forum for topics based on Church teaching.

For additional information, including reserved seating for groups and digital promotional materials, contact Dr. James Burke, associate professor of theology and director of the Center for Ministry & Spirituality, at Burkejs@lewisu.edu or (815) 836-5786.