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Long-time island resident and Florida Gulf Coast University Professor Emeritus, Peter Blaze Corcoran, will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming conference in Rome, “Youth, Education, and Ecology”. He will speak at the Salesian Pontifical University in late April on “Radical Hope and Intergenerational Solidarity: Education in a Time of Climate and Theological
Corcoran says, “It is an honor to work with youth activists, seminarians, and academics to advance the commitments of the encyclical Laudato Si. I see Pope Francis as a great moral leader of our time. It is a privilege to lift up his concerns for the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor”.
Corcoran meets with Pope Francis at a Vatican conference in 2018, left, and a meeting with Cardinal Peter Turkson and Assisi Mayor Stefania Proietti at the Vatican in 2019. Photos provided
While in Rome, Corcoran will also have meetings with the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Since 2018 he has worked with this ministry of the Holy See on issues of the Pope’s concern especially related to climate change and poverty alleviation.
Corcoran will also travel to Assisi where he has designed a project on environmental sustainability at Eremo delle Carceri. Corcoran works with the monks; the Franciscan leaders in Umbria; and the Mayor of Assisi, Stefania Proietti. FGCU’s U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering is also a partner in this historic preservation project.
Corcoran says, “We have begun to work on much-needed environmental improvements at this ancient monastery. It is a sacred place- the home of St. Francis with 800 years of pilgrimages and ecological history”.