A 7 YEAR JOURNEY
guidebook towards integral ecology
Pope Francis’ 7-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology puts his landmark encyclical, Laudato Si‘, into action. Families, dioceses, schools, universities, hospitals, business, religious orders, and community organizations are now challenged to do the magis–the more–to heal the Earth.
University Pathways is the guidebook for colleges and universities taking up the challenge.
A university makes a good faith commitment to the 7-Year Journey and forms a group of faculty, students, administrators, and staff who create a Laudato Si’ Plan that integrally advances each of Pope Francis’ 7 Laudato Si’ Goals.
A university implements, assesses, and adjusts its Laudato Si’ Plan as needed. It annually reports progress to the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
A university celebrates its accomplishment and receives formal recognition from the Vatican as a Laudato Si’ University.
THE LAUDATO SI' GOALS
Pope Francis 7 Laudato Si’ Goals
Response to the
Cry of the Earth
Response to the
Cry of the Poor
Adoption of Sustainable Lifestyles
Community RESILIENCE & eMPOWERMENT
THE JOURNEY'S ADDED VALUE
Most colleges and universities around the world have already adopted sustainability measures. Why join Pope Francis’ 7-Year Journey?
The Journey enriches sustainability programs with the vision of integral ecology, where science, ethics, spirituality, and action are mutually respected and empowered.
The Journey acknowledges existing sustainability programs with additional ideas from Pope Francis’ 7 Laudato Sí Goals, promoting ever more transformative, non-violent actions.
The Journey adds a dimension often absent from sustainability programs: the spiritual dimension where students explore the depth of their calling to care for our common home.
The Journey assists in forming global university groups of co-learning and support, partnerships in healing the Earth and human society.
*Throughout this guidebook, ‘universities’ is used as the general term for colleges, universities, and other organizations affiliated with the work of postsecondary education.