Fr. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Ph.D.
Secretary of Higher Education, Society of Jesus
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Fordham University, NY, U.S.A.
Currently located in Rome, Italy, Fr. Michael Garanzini is Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Jesuit Universities, a worldwide network of 205 Jesuit Colleges and Universities. He recently served as the twenty-third president of Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL from 2001 to 2015 where he revived the university from financial distress, greatly expanded enrollments, rebuilt and transitioned its four campuses into new, sustainable, energy efficient campuses, built the landmark Arrupe College which serves the underprivileged, and launched the Institute of Environmental Sustainability. He founded the Healing Earth International Jesuit Ecology Project, envisioning a free, online environmental science textbook that integrated science with theology and ethics, and is accessible to people around the globe to raise awareness about our environmental crisis and call people to action. About Healing Earth, he states:
Healing Earth is an inter-disciplinary, on-line text book that is unique in several ways. No other online textbook is like it. Its guiding inspiration is based on the best available science, and imbued with a “Laudato Si” call to reflection and recognition of how connected we are to one another and to Creation. Those who have contributed to Healing Earth have done so as a labor of love and with hope that it will inspire this generation of students with a passion for knowledge and advocacy on behalf of our planet. As educational resource containing the contributions of over 40 Jesuit university faculty, “Healing Earth” is a gift to educators all over the globe. The International Association of Jesuit Universities is proud to endorse this on-line, free text and recommends its use in our secondary and tertiary institutions.
Fr. Jose A. Mesa, S.J., Ph.D.
Secretary for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education,
Society of Jesus
Professor, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
Fr. Jose Mesa has served as Secretary for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education for the Society of Jesus since 2010, expertly leading the largest secondary educational network in the world. He is a distinguished scholar, teacher, college administrator and leader. Previously, he served as Principal of Colegio San Bartolomé la Merced, Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia, and President of Colegio San José Barranquilla, Colombia. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. Fr. Mesa’s endorsement of Healing Earth is as follows:
Healing Earth presents schools with a great tool that provides a multidisciplinary and global approach to the environment from a perspective that aptly combines rigorous science, ethics, religion and philosophy. This online textbook provides an environmental framework in the Jesuit Education Tradition of inviting students to go beyond facts and become thoroughly involved in the pressing problems of our time. Healing Earths invites students to adopt a critical and Ignatian perspective that responds to the Laudato Si’ vision of an integral ecology that goes beyond the mere scientific facts. The Worldwide Secretariat for Education (Secondary and Pre-secondary) of the Society of Jesus enthusiastically endorses this important initiative that helps our schools to respond to the urgent call for caring for our common home.”
Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, Ph.D.
Yale University, Boston, MA, U.S.A.
Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar: School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Divinity School, Religious Studies Department
Fellow, Saybrook College, Yale,
Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University
Dr. Tucker is an expert on world religions and ecology. She has published numerous books on cosmology, science, ecology and religion, with a recently published Biography of Thomas Berry. She co-authored the highly impactful Journey of the Universe with Dr. Brian Swimme, and made it into a multimedia film that won a regional Emmy, and is available on Netflix and Amazon Streaming. Of Healing Earth, Tucker says:
Healing Earth is an invaluable text for bringing together a broader understanding of key environmental problems with suggestions for ethical solutions. This is a unique approach that Loyola has pioneered in environmental studies. May it continue to grow!”
Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj, S.J.
Secretary of Social Justice & Ecology
Society of Jesus
Fr. Jeyaraj is a scholar on extractivism and mining and its impact on indigenous people and the environment. He is also a lawyer and a human rights activist. Early in his career, he taught Sociology at St. Xavier College in Kolkata, India. He then founded the Province Social Action Centre called ‘Udayani’ in 1998 which he developed and led until 2007, working with the most deprived santal tribals and dalits in the slums and villages around Kolkata. He also served as the Secretary for Social apostolate in South Asia. He developed and initiated the MSW course in St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata before taking over as the Secretary for Social Justice & Ecology for the Society of Jesus in Rome, Italy in June 2017, where he leads and coordinates social apostolate for the entire Society of Jesus. Fr. Jeyaraj’s endorsement of Healing Earth is as follows:
Healing Earth serves as an excellent online resource material for everyone to acquire the basic knowledge, understanding and wisdom of this universe, with an invitation to love and to live in respect and reverence for every creation. The case study under each section clearly articulates the reality we face today, particularly how the environmental damages caused affect the poor and marginalized particularly in the global south. This calls for a true conversion of heart and change of our life style as Pope Francis invites us in Laudato Si’. The Worldwide Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) of the Society of Jesus deeply appreciates the initiative, endorses wholeheartedly and invites all social and environmental institutes to use the rich resources to educate, to mobilize, to advocate and to take care of our common home – Mother Earth.”
Max Bonilla, SSL,STD
International Director, Expanded Reason Institute
Professor, University Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Spain
Prof. Max Bonilla works at the University Francisco de Vitoria, in Madrid, Spain, where he is the International Director of the Expanded Reason Institute, a joint venture with the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. He coordinates the Expanded Reason Awards for the Vatican Foundation and his university.
Previously, Dr. Bonilla served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Franciscan University in Ohio; and before that, as professor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. As VPAA he had overall responsibility for all academic programs, was involved in international educational efforts, and led several projects commissioned by the Vatican. He was a member of the Board of the International Theological Institute in Austria, is a member of the Board of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and is the president of Camartis Institute, a non-profit institute in the United States.
Dr. Bonilla studied at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and the Pontifical Gregorian University. He is an alumnus of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF, Ph.D.
The Erica & Harry John Family
Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
As a professor of environmental ethics at Catholic Theological Union, a Graduate School of Theology and Ministry located in Chicago, Dr. Nothwehr prepares graduate students, who study in 22 different degree and certificate programs, men & women, religious & laity, originating from more than 40 different nations, and numerous multicultural contexts, for various ministries in the Catholic Church.
Healing Earth, the inter-disciplinary, on-line text book is a marvelous resource that enables these future ministers to continue to develop their own learning, but also to bring that marvelous treasure trove of superb, pedagogically excellent, and wonderfully integrated lessons to their diverse constituencies across the globe. The sessions, while treating major topics of biodiversity, natural resources, energy, water, food, and global climate in exciting and creative ways, also – perhaps most significantly – present the “big questions” of ethics, spirituality and science. I often tell my students – “What you do not know – you cannot love; and what you do not love, you will not defend and protect.” This awe-inspiring textbook is a rich living enticement to know, to love, and defend Our Sister, Mother Earth – Laudato Si’!”