Villanova’s Office for Sustainability in Mission and Ministry in collaboration with Merrimack College will hold a Fireside Conversation on Exploring Climate Anxiety Through the Lens of Laudate Deum on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 1:00 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center.

The Holy See’s Laudate Deum served as an urgent call to tackle the climate crisis, highlighting its severity, depth, and the need for immediate and bold action to care for our common home. The Pope’s message underscores the timely and intrinsic link between the Catholic faith and the moral imperative to protect the planet and all people and creatures today and tomorrow.

Speakers for the inaugural Fireside Conversation include Bridget Wadzuk, PhD, Director of Sustainable Engineering and Chair of Civil Engineering in Villanova University’s College of Engineering; John J. Lydon, OSA, PhD, from Villanova’s Center for Faith and Learning; and Juliana Kwon ’24 VSB.

The Fireside Conversation is open to attendees worldwide, in person or by livestream. The event will also serve as a launch to the Office for Sustainability’s University-wide campaign. For additional information, please visit or contact

The Connelly Center is located at 800 East Lancaster Avenue in Villanova.