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The Francis Effect: Living in Harmony with Creation

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - September 13 @ 5:00 pm

Pope Francis’ encyclical was published over two years ago, and while Laudato Si’ sparked some great momentum toward sustainable practices in faith communities and faith-based institutions, that momentum inspires us to continually be invigorated. One of the many challenges of faith is putting it into practice in daily life, so the focus of this conference will be the implementation of Laudato Si’.

This ecumenical conference will bring together religious leaders, educators, and students to explore the implications of Laudato Si’ and strategize ways to continue applying Pope Francis’ teachings in our communities.

In addition to a great lineup of keynote speaker, breakout topics will include:

Ecumenical Ethics
Integral Ecology
Catholic Social Teaching
Faith, Environment, and Politics


Jose Aguto is the Associate Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant. He worked previously for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, where he initiated the Call to Conscience on Climate Disruption, an interfaith, grassroots call to Congress for bipartisan recognition of the reality, science and impacts of climate change. The Call persuaded Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) to introduce a resolution to that effect, which was reintroduced by Rep. Stefanik (R-NY). He has worked for the National Congress of American Indians in the service of tribal governments seeking to address climate change. He is a graduate of Brown University and Villanova Law School.


Calvin DeWitt is a professor in the Nelson Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he serves on the graduate faculties of Environment and Resources, Water Resources Management, Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, and Limnology and Marine Science. His development of Au Sable Institute (www.ausable.org) brought him the Friends of the United Nations 500 award. He serves as president of the Academy of Evangelical Scientists and Ethicists, an organization dedicated to responsible stewardship of creation.


Philip Clayton is president of Toward Ecological Civilization and Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology. He has taught and written for several decades on relations between science, religion, and ethics. The author or editor of some two dozen books, he now researches on societal changes that are necessary for establishing sustainable forms of civilization on this planet.


Linda Gibler is the Associate Academic Dean at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. She completed a MA then a PhD in Philosophy and Religion with an emphasis in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at California Institute for Integral Studies. Linda also earned a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.


Tentative schedule

Monday, September 11

5:00pm-7:00pm                                Registration – Whitley Theological Center (WTC)

7:00pm-8:30pm                                Opening Keynote: Cal DeWitt

8:30pm-9:30pm                                Reception (WTC)


Tuesday, September 12

8:00am – 9:00am                              Breakfast (Cost)

9:00am-9:30am                                 Interfaith Prayer/Meditation

9:45am-10:00am                               Welcome

10:00am-11:30am                            Breakout Session 1

11:30am-11:40am                            Break

11:40am-12:20pm                            Community Mass – OST Chapel

12:20pm-1:20pm                              Lunch (Cost)

1:30pm-3:00pm                                Breakout Session 2

3:00pm-3:30pm                                Break

3:30pm-5:00pm                                Breakout Session 3

5:30pm-7:00pm                                Dinner (Cost)

7:00pm-8:30pm                                Catholic Keynote: Jose Aguto

8:30pm-9:30pm                                Reception (WTC)


Wednesday, September 13

8:00am-9:00am                                 Breakfast (Cost)

9:00am-9:30am                                 Interfaith Prayer/Meditation

9:45am-11:15am                               Breakout Session 4

11:15am-11:30am                            Break

11:30am-12:30pm                            Keynote Panel

12:30pm-2:00pm                              Lunch (Cost)

2:00pm-3:30pm                               Toward Ecological Civilization Keynote: Philip Clayton




Registration Fee: $50 (does not include meals or lodging)

Non-OST Student Fee: $25 (does not include meals or lodging)

OST Student Fee: $10 (does not include meals or lodging)

Meal Plan: $44 (meals at Oblate Renewal Center; includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Tuesday, and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday)


To register for the conference, click here



Lodging available at the Oblate Renewal Center. 

$75/night – single room; $90/night – double room ($45 per person)

For lodging, please contact Brenda (210) 341-1366 EXT 212




September 11 @ 7:00 pm
September 13 @ 5:00 pm
Event Categories:


Continuing Education
210-341-1366 x 212


Whitley Theological Center
285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio , TX 78216 United States
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(210) 341-1366 x 406