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Loyola University New Orleans presents lecture on Catholic response to Environmental Crisis

Loyola press release - February 7, 2008

Sr. Linda Jaye Gibler, OP, Ph.D., will speak at the Gerald N. Gaston Lecture in Science & Religion at Loyola University New Orleans on Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 7 p.m. The lecture will be held in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monroe Hall, Loyola University main campus, 6363 St. Charles Avenue. Gibler’s lecture is titled “Listening to the Voice of the Earth: A Catholic Response to the Environmental Crisis.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

In this presentation, Gibler draws insights about the revelatory nature of Creation in Catholic tradition from the ancient wisdom of the Early Church to recent words of Pope Benedict XVI. She offers one way of listening to the voice of Earth by considering both the sacred and cosmic history of the Paschal Candle. A truly Catholic response to the environmental crisis is cosmic in sweep, sacramental in nature, and intimately personal.

Gibler is a Dominican Sister of Houston, Texas. In 1999, she went to San Francisco to study with cosmologist Brian Swimme at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) where she recently completed a doctoral degree in philosophy and religion with an emphasis in philosophy, cosmology, and consciousness.

In addition to her Ph.D., Gibler earned a master's degree in philosophy and religion at CIIS, a master of arts degree in pastoral studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Mo., and a bachelors of arts degree in sociology with an emphasis in life science ethics from the William Paterson College of New Jersey.

Gibler delights in telling the 14-billion year story of the universe, stars, and Earth, as well as the stories of common things that surround us. She shares her enthusiasm for Earth-centered, Catholic spirituality in lectures, workshops, and days of prayer, in which she weaves DVDs, lecture, ritual, music, and prayer. Gibler's presentations are designed to help us become more intimately aware of God in all aspects of creation.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (504) 861-5888 or publaff@loyno.edu