In 2015, Pope Francis releases his landmark encyclical letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
Moved by this encyclical, more people around the world turn their attention to care for the Earth and human society.
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.
The journey begins
Colleges and universities began signing Commitment Letters and enrolling in the Journey in October, 2021.
The First Cohort of universities includes all institutions committed and enrolled by October 4, 2022. After forty days of prayer and reflection, the first official Journey year for Cohort 1 begins on November 14. This is also the opening date for Cohort 2 commitment and enrollment.
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 the Journey.