In 2015, Pope Francis releases his landmark encyclical letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
Moved by this encyclical, millions of people around the world are thinking and acting in new ways to heal the Earth.
On the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ in May 2020, the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development announces a yearlong celebration with a series of initiatives and events around the world that would culminate in the launch of a Laudato Si’ Action Platform in May 2021. Most important of the initiatives announced is Pope Francis’ 7-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology.
Environmental and Economic Justice Working Group
In June 2020, the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) and its Environment and Economic Task Force forms a team to build out structure and content for Jesuit university participation in Pope Francis’ 7-Year Journey initiative.
Laudato Si' Action Platform
The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development launches the Laudato Si’ Action Platform in May 2021. It is announced that official enrollment for the first cohort of Journey participants will begin on November 14, 2021.
Dicastery Working Group
In May 2021, the IAJU team merged with the Vatican Dicastery’s Universities Working Group to create a single, global network of over 100 university professionals from 30 countries working together on the Laudato Sí Action Platform and University Pathways Guidebook for the 7-Year Journey.
Through April 2022, universities are invited to enroll in the Journey and begin in Year 1 (May 24, 2022- May 24, 2023) by developing their own Laudato Si’ Action Plans for Years 2-6. The Sabbath Year 7 would be a time of celebration.
A Second Cohort of universities will be enrolled from May 24, 2022 – May 24, 2023, a Third Cohort the year after that, and so on. The multiplier effect of theses increasing and globally widening enrollments will have a measurably positive impact on the health of the earth and human society.
True and lasting care for the earth is a work of the human spirit, animated by love of creation and creator. This work is an essential dimension of the Roman Catholic mission, particularly in service to the poor. Pope Francis’ 7-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology is a project rooted in faith and open to everyone. All university people of good will, from all religions, philosophies, and backgrounds are invited to participate in this Journey.