Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora of Silver Lake College will participate in a panel hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the student union building (Reeve 307). The theme of the panel will be the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.”
Sister Marie, Chair of the Department of Theology and Ministry at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, will speak about Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, his encyclical addressing the care of the environment.
The panel discussion is part of the college’s annual celebration of the Earth Charter, which was approved in March 2000 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and which Pope Francis mentions in his encyclical.
“Dr. Laura Hartman, Assistant Professor at UW-Oshkosh and a specialist in Environmental Studies, is the coordinator for this panel. She has a great appreciation for the contribution that religion can make in addressing ecological issues,” Sister Marie said.
“She was looking for someone with an academic background who can give a good summation of the papal encyclical. I think it is good to place it within the context of what Popes Benedict and John Paul taught as well,” she said.
“Pope Francis’ encyclical is a stellar example of a religious/spiritual contribution to the ecological conversation” Sister Marie said. “This encyclical exemplifies the Catholic conviction dear to Franciscans that the material world is not only good, but is holy and mediates the presence of God. There is no better reason for receiving the material world as a gift, for reverencing and living in harmony with all of creation.”