Environmental Science and the Catholic Church to Be Explored

Environmental Science and the Catholic Church Relationship to Be Explored April 8

Published: February 5, 2024.

“Fresh Waters: Science, Values, and the Role of Theology” will be presented by Dr. Christiana Zenner at 3:30 p.m. on April 8 in the University Dining Room in Lewis University’s Academic Science Center in Romeoville.  

The free Third Annual Br. Bernard Rapp, FSC Lecture on Faith and Science is open to the public. Zenner, an environmental studies faculty member at Fordham University-Lincoln Center, will explore how the Catholic Church under Pope Francis uses environmental science in formulating ethical norms. 

As an associate professor of theology, science, and ethics, Zenner teaches various classes, such as “Human Nature After Darwin” and “Theology and Contemporary Science”. Zenner is a published author of peer-reviewed articles discussing fresh-water values and religious ecological ethics. 

Named for the late Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC, (1993-2020), the lecture recognizes Brother Bernard’s distinguished career as a dedicated teacher, an exemplary scientist, and a person of great faith committed to his vocation as a Christian Brother. The professor emeritus of chemistry and university archivist retired in 2018 after 45 years of service to Lewis University. 

The Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC Lecture on Faith & Science brings to Lewis University scholars who explore the relationship between the Catholic faith and the scientific disciplines. The lecture is part of a series of presentations taking place during the Spring semester that explore the intersection of faith and science as well as Lewis University’s Cumbee Catholic Scholars Initiative.    

The lecture is partly funded by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the Illinois affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The statewide nonprofit organization activates the humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation, build community, and strengthen civic engagement. 

Visit bit.ly/3rdRappLectureRegistration to register.

Visit https://www.youtube.com/live/zh2M6M_mqIQ?si=xIpUkhG1IvgtbfyQ to watch the live stream. 

For more information, contact Margaret Martinez at mmartinez24@lewisu.eduor 815-836-5944.


Lewis University is an innovative Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, and globally-connected graduates who impact the world for the better. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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