Newman Center Offers Workshop on Climate Change

St. Francis

A multimedia presentation and discussion highlighting the impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people and concrete ways that Catholic individuals and communities can respond is being held Saturday, Oct. 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the Newman Center, 472 North Pleasant St.

The center will join hundreds of other Catholic parishes, schools, and colleges to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis by participating in “From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! Creating a Climate for Solidarity.”This year marks the 35th anniversary of the naming of St. Francis naming as the patron saint of those who promote ecology. Pope Francis, the first pontiff to take his name from St. Francis, has repeatedly highlighted how the poor are disproportionately harmed by environmental degradation. The workshop will focus on climate change from the perspectives of “the two Francises.”

The organizer of the event, Stockbridge School of Agriculture professor John M. Gerber, a member of the Newman Center Council, says the event will help local Catholics better understand the Christian vocation to care for all creation in solidarity with the poor. He also hopes this event inspires Catholics to live their faith more deeply through concrete actions that care for both creation and the poor.

UMass students and local residents are invited to this event, along with regular members of the Newman community. The program is sponsored by the Catholic Climate Covenant, a national Catholic partnership organization whose members include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For more information, contact John M. Gerber at or visit