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Session 4

Mary and Ecological Spirituality

The purpose and interest of a Christian ecology are closely related to creation and life. Ecology is both a guardian and physician of creation in order to protect and promote human and other forms of life. Does Mary have a place and role in creation with regard to human life and nature? Can her life and mission suggest an ecology-inspired spirituality?

On April 7, 2017 we will joined together, across the globe in real time, to listen and discuss two presentations on the subject of Mary and Ecological Spirituality. We wanted to know if Mary is a spiritual model to help us live responsibly in today's threatened nature and world.

Presentations began via teleconference promptly at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time (United States). After a brief introduction, each presenter gave a 20-minute presentation on his or her topic. The session concluded with an hour of open discussion and final remarks at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. 


Dr. Deyanira Flores, S.T.D.

Visiting Faculty, International Marian Research Institute; Faculty, National Seminary Our Lady of the Angels, Costa Rica

What is the relationship between the Virgin Mary and Creation? Different answers that significant authors from Tradition have given to this question will be explored.

Fr. Johann Roten, S.M.

Director of Research and Special Projects, International Marian Research Institute

Based on contemporary reflections about Mary and ecology, this talk will try to determine if Mary has a role in ecology and what would be the conditions and possible expressions of an ecology-inspired Marian spirituality.


International Marian Research Institute

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Dayton, Ohio 45469