Laudato Si Day at Manhattan College


As part of Manhattan College’s committment to help the environment, the school launched its inaugural Laudato Si Day outside of Squeri Hall on April 21. It was  inspired by Pope Francis’s celebration of Earth Day on April 22.

Brother Daniel Gardner, president of Manhattan College who made opening remarks, discussed the significance of the pope’s mission and the importance of strengthening the commitment to sustainability and environmental justice issues.

Then, Father Thomas Franks, director of Campus Ministry and Social Action, blessed the Quadrangle Trees.

The program offers a variety of events focused on education and action for sustainability and environmental justice. The pope’s public letter,  Laudato Si

“Praise be to you,” focuses on care for the natural environment and the relationship between God, humans and the planet.

The pope describes that the earth has fallen into disrepair. He encourages politicians, businesses and individuals to change environmental practices to address the ecological crisis.

Last summer, Gardner, started participating in a seven-year journey towards an integral ecology with other universities worldwide. The college is gathering students, faculty, staff and neighbors to develop a Laudato Si action plan that leverages expertise and resources.

University of
Scranton dean’s list

Emma Schreibstein of greater Riverdale was among more than 1,600 students named to The University of Scranton’s dean’s list for the 2022 fall semester.

Scranton’s dean’s list recognized Schreibstein, a senior and social media strategies major for academic excellence. She maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher with a minimum credit hours during the semester.

Scranton is a private Catholic and Jesuit institution in the heart of Scranton.


School desk, Manhattan College, Laudato Si Day, University of Scranton