Ecology and Sustainability Resources

Foundational Documents on Ecology and Mission - Comprehensive

Higher Education

American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Catholic Identity

The fragile world’:  Catholic church teaching on ecology before and by Pope Francis

The Place of Sustainability and the Environment within Roman Catholic Thought: Remarks by Michael J. Graham, S.J.,

Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration which is published by eight national Catholic organizations, including the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, 2011

Catholic Social Teaching and Ecology Fact Sheet, J. McCarthy SJ, 2006

Jesuit Catholic Identity

Jesuit Says Saving the Earth is the Society's Next Frontier, 2013

Sustainability and the Jesuit Mission by Kathleen R. Smythe, Ph.D., 2012

Jesuit Response to Environmental and Ecological Challenges -
a history by through 2011

Healing a Broken World - Jesuit  Task Force on Ecology, 2011

Jesuits urged to pray, think, act to promote ecological responsibility
by Cindy Wooden, 2011

Note from Superior General Adolfo Nicolas, SJ
to the Society regarding the commitment to nature and the environment, 2011

General Congregation 35, Decree 3, IV Reconciliation with Creation, 2008

Ignatian Spirituality

"The Ecological Examen" by Joseph P. Carver, S.J.

Ignatian Spirituality & Sustainability by Annette Marksberry, 2011.

A Daily Examen for Ecology by Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.


Sustainability - Initiatives at Jesuit colleges and universities

  • Addressing Climate Change
    See and hear Archbishop Celestino Migliore, former Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addressing climate change.
  • Responding to Climate Change
    See and hear Dr. Jame Schaefer responding to Archbishop Celestino Migliore's address.

Online Seminars
  • Sustainability and the Mission

    The Center for Mission and Identity and the Office of Sustainability
    hosted a 3-part program on sustainability (food, consumption, energy) in January 2013 facilitated by XU Sustainability Coordinator - Ann Dougherty P.E.

Teaching to the Mission

Sustainability at Xavier University

St. Francis Pledge - of the Catholic Climate Covenant

The St. Francis Pledge is a promise and a commitment by Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations and institutions to live our faith by protecting God?s Creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change.

Click here to take the pledge.



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Last Updated: May 2014