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Integral Ecology projects

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23 June 2021, 13 h 30 min - 14 h 30 min


Over the past months, the CRC has been approached by several entities to participate as a partner in three projects around consecrated life in Canada. As such, the CRC is proposing a series of webinars so that its members can be made aware of these projects and collaborate on them if they so wish

These webinars will be an opportunity for the promoters of these projects to give all the information related to their realization and to answer possible questions.

It is in this perspective that the CRC is organizing a new information meeting concerning this time two projects pertaining to integral ecology that are closely related, and that are promoted by religious congregations:

  • The School of Integral Ecology at Saint-Paul University (SPU) would create academic programs dedicated to the study and advancement of the synthesis of integral ecology from Laudato Si’, within the institutional framework of a recognized Catholic university. This project comes from several years of discernment and effort by a group of Canadian Congregations, in partnership with SPU.


  • The Office of Religious Congregations for Integral Ecology (ORCIE) will enable Catholic religious congregations to enhance their capacity to work collaboratively to increase their impact on policy change towards social and ecological justice at national and international levels; the type of systemic change called for in Laudato Si’. This office won’t take the place of JPIC work that’s already happening. Rather, it will aim to make this work more effective and collaborative on a limited number of issues.


While the two projects are separate, both draw on the whole-making works of Congregations in education, justice and advocacy both past and present.

This webinar, which will take place on Wednesday, June 23 at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), will be hosted by several guest speakers: 

  • For the School of Integral Ecology: Sr. Margo Ritchie, CSJ, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada, Dr. Chantal Beauvais, rector of SPU and Dr. Heather Eaton, professor at SPU.

Sr. Margo Ritchie, CSJ

Dr. Chantal Beauvais

Dr. Heather Eaton

  • For ORCIE: Sr. Sue Wilson, CSJ, Director of the Office for Systemic Justice of the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada and Mr. Joe Gunn, Executive Director of the Oblate Center at SPU.

Sr. Sue Wilson, CSJ

Joe Gunn

French-English simultaneous interpretation will be provided during this webinar.

Please note that this webinar is intended for CRC members and their leadership teams.

More information about these projects will be available in the next days.