Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

The Ecological Examen

Ecological Examen

Presented by Cecilia Calvo, senior advisor on environmental justice at the Jesuit Conference
Presentation Time will be 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 during the AJCU Sessions

Unlike a traditional examen, this new one takes cues from Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, asking for reflection on an individual’s relationship with creation, on questions of ecological justice and on how we can all stand in solidarity with those most impacted by environmental harm. The five sections are categorized as gratitude, awareness, understanding, conversion and reconciliation.

In the examen, readers “give thanks to God for creation and for being wonderfully made” and “ask for the grace to see how my life choices impact creation and the poor and vulnerable.”

From Calvo: “We hope this ecological examen helps individuals in their homes, parishes, schools, universities and communities to examine their relationship with creation, to hear the cry of the earth and the poor, and reflect on ways to reconcile their relationship with God’s creation.”

Panelists include:
Christopher Kerr, Executive Director, Ignatian Solidarity Network
Mark Mackey, SJ, Jesuit Brother, Loyola University Chicago
John Sealey, Provincial Assistant for Social and International Ministries for the Wisconsin and Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits