Laudato Si Research Institute

Does the hawk take flight by your wisdomAnd spread its wings towards the south?Does the eagle soar at your commandAnd build its nest on high?It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night,A rocky crag is its stronghold.Job 39: 26-28 (NIV)These questions are those that God put to Job in a great hymn to creation at a time when Job had lost everything. The season of creation invites us all to take a step back from our frenetic or otherwise broken lives to contemplate the natural world in all its...
As Laudato Si’ celebrates its fifth anniversary this week, its central message in addressing issues of our common home has never been more relevant now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Celia Deane-Drummond, Director of Laudato Si’ Research Institute at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, explains why by highlighting four key themes that have emerged.A broken relationship with God, creation, and each otherLaudato Si’ reminded us that every speck of life is valued by God and...
A Jesuit priest who has lived in Zambia for the past 65 years says a recent intergovernmental report titled ‘Nature’s Dangerous Decline’ strongly echoes the case made by Pope Francis in his landmark encyclical of 2015 - Laudato Si’.‘Nature’s Dangerous Decline’ was published last May by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and is the most comprehensive scientific report ever undertaken on the natural environment.Fr Michael J Kelly SJ is a...
The new Laudato Si’ Research Institute (LSRI) to be housed at Campion Hall intends to provide a research platform for projects relevant to the profound agenda set out in Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, released in June 2015.This encyclical, sub-titled ‘On Care for Our Common Home’, puts ecological and social justice right at the heart of Catholic faith and practice. Laudato Si’ has already made significant impact, not only on the life of the church, but in scholarly communities across...
Fr Frank Turner, Fr James Hanvey, Fr Nick Austin
The feast of St Edmund Campion was marked at Campion Hall this year with a change of key personnel: Fr Nick Austin SJ was installed as the new Master of Campion Hall and Fr Frank Turner SJ took over as Superior of the community. Outgoing Master Fr James Hanvey SJ presided at a special Eucharist.  As the homilist, Fr Nick Austin said he was daunted to be preaching in Oxford on the feast of one of the great Jesuit preachers and rhetoricians, whose speechmaking famously impressed...