Dine with the Divine brings compelling speakers and conversation to campus

By Ena Moats,

Cardinal Staff


The past week featured two Dine with the Divine events were hosted by the Office of Campus Ministry. The first took place on Nov. 9, presenting a panel discussion around the Pope’s recent encyclical titled Laudato Si. The second honored all those who serve our country in the armed forces with a special Veteran’s Day dinner, featuring speaker and Saint Mary’s alumnus, Ryan Hinton.

The Laudato Si panel discussion included three professors—Dr. Carolyn Ayers, Dr. Greg Sobolewski, and Dr. Joseph Tadie—along with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) representative Jessica Howell together to join in conversation around the Laudato Si document and its significance to the current understanding of climate change. They spoke in front of a room full of students and other Saint Mary’s community members, including the majority of the IHM Seminary members.


Dine with the Divine

Students and faculty attended the panel discussion on Laudato Si
Photo by Christopher Lackey

The Catholic Relief Student Ambassador student group facilitated the panel, directing audience questions to the panelists. Many questions dealt with practical ways of implementing environmental themes of the encyclical into daily life. Howell noted that these questions are exactly the ones to answer with action, because the encyclical is, indeed, “a call to action.”

The CRS Student Ambassadors hope that “Saint Mary’s, as a university, can be a learning environment where students begin to understand the importance of our common home.”

Moderator of the panel and Saint Mary’s senior, Samuel Kreutzfeldt, commented, “With environmental issues being so broad, we focused in on this particular document to help engage Saint Mary’s students on an understanding the issues at hand and to move them into some type of action, regardless of how big or small.”


Laudato Si panelists

Panelists discussed Laudato Si in relation the the current understanding of climate change and answered audience questions.
Photo by Christopher Lackey

The week’s second event, a Veteran’s Day dinner, was held on Wednesday. Ryan Hinton was the guest speaker of the evening. He shared his story of life as an Army chaplain assistant. The conversation around the dinner tables explored the interfaith experiences that Hinton encountered in his work among diverse peoples of the military.

Dine with the Divine events take place throughout each semester through the organizational efforts of the Office of Campus Ministry. CRS events, including follow-up events on climate change, will also continue to be offered in the coming semester.

Author: The Cardinal

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