Veninga Lecture Series: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

The Veninga Lecture Series continues its in-depth look at the Pope’s Encyclical on climate change with a long-time Catholic bishop’s perspective on May 9 in De Pere and May 10 in Wausau.

Bishop Richard E. Pates will present on “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” As former chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for International Justice and Peace, Pates saw firsthand the global suffering of people forced to leave their homes due to severe weather and food and water shortages.

In an op-ed piece in the National Catholic Reporter, Pates said, “The dialogue we need is not about whether to act on climate change, but how to act.” His talk will focus on the causes of climate change – chiefly accountable to human behavior – and what it will take for people to become involved citizens in helping the earth.

Both talks are free and open to the public.
For the De Pere event call 920-403-3919 or email