Ecumenical lecture offers a ‘Muslim and Catholic Accord’

The Lourdes University Department of Theological Studies will present “Care For Creation: Muslim and Catholic Accord” on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. in Sylvania, Ohio. The event is free and open to the public.

Guest speakers include Fatima Al-Hayani, Ph.D. and Sr. Shannon Schrein, Ph.D., OSF. The speakers will discuss Muslim and Catholic understandings of the goodness of God’s creation and the special call as believers to treat the environment with respect and awe. They will also provide some practical ways for doing this together.

Dr. Al-Hayani earned her doctorate in Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan and has taught, lectured and published widely on a variety of issues in the field including Muslim understandings of science and religion. Sr. Shannon Schrein, a Sylvania Franciscan, earned her doctorate in Theology from Marquette University. Currently serving as the Director of the Master of Arts in Theology at Lourdes University, she has shared her Franciscan way of life and her love of Jesus and the Scriptures with her students for more than 40 years.

“With the very recent publication of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home and the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium’s (IICCS) Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, the time is ripe for Muslims and Catholics to work more closely on ways that all might reverence God’s gift of creation and call our brothers and sisters to action for the sake of our common home,” says Benjamin Brown, Ph.D., chair of the Lourdes University Department of Theological Studies.

For more information on the 34th annual Ecumenical Lecture, contact Dr. Brown at 419-824-3946 or