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"Love come first, pope says in letter on teaching of St. Francis de Sales," from National Catholic Reporter.

"The most important question a Christian can ask when making any decision in life is "where the greatest love is to be found," Pope Francis wrote in a letter marking the 400th anniversary of St. Francis de Sales, a doctor of the church. ..."

See NCR article:  Pope Francis' letter on St. Francis de Sales.

See the Pope's letter:  Totum Amoris Est



"Caritas and Care Ethics: Creating Caring Institutions" was presented by Dr. Elaine Wright at the Global Carework Summit at the University of Toronto in June, 2019. 

As they adapt to the needs of changing populations and economic conditions, faith-based organizations need to consider how the ethics of care and justice are prioritized and maintained in their mission and strategic plans. Caritas, or love in theological terms, is a dimension of care ethics that resonates with the values of faith-based programs and provides a guide for institutional culture. This workshop is based on a university initiative to more fully develop and integrate the concept and practice of caritas across its campus, curriculum, and community. Seeking to define caritas within multidisciplinary constructs and a religious infrastructure, the university facilitated professional development activities that included presentations on the background of caritas, breakout sessions to explore the concept from different academic perspectives, and a group discussion to brainstorm next steps for the institution to create a culture of caritas in an intentional manner. Using this model as a framework for the workshop, participants will engage in creative and reflective exercises to develop their own process of defining caritas and explore how it can be applied in their own programs and organizations.  For more information on the presentation, please contact Dr. Elaine Wright at or Dr. Emily DeMoor at



This PowerPoint, presented by Dr. Emily DeMoor at the Fall Faculty Institute in September, 2019, makes connections between Caritas Theology and other fields of knowledge so as to hopefully provide a springboard for thinking about what we are already doing in our practice of teaching and learning and to imagine ways that we might creatively move forward.  For more information on the presentation, please contact Dr. Emily DeMoor at



This presentation was given at the Brescia-UEN Conference and provides a process for thinking together about caritas.  For more information, please contact



The featured speaker for the Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium (MRCSC) annual program this year was Dr. Jean Watson, renowned Nurse Theorist and leader, who presented on What’s Underneath the Unitary Caring Science; Theory of Transpersonal Caring, Transpersonal Moments/ Micropractices. The video of the presentation has been generously made available to the public until the end of January 2023.  Dr. Watson’s work has been an integral component of the caritas approach that is taught in the MSW program.  Thanks to Dr. Elaine Wright has shared this video with the Caritas Center: To find out more about MRCSC, go to




Caritas e veritas is a journal for Christian reflections in the context of social sciences and humanities.  Two members of the Caritas Center Steering Committee -- Brescia Social Work professor Dr. Elaine Wright and Dr. Rainer Gehrig -- are on the Editorial Board.

Go to Caritas e Veritas



Provided by Peeters Publishers.

Peeters Publishers is proud to announce the 13th installment in its Ethics of Care Series, Care Ethics, Religion, and Spiritual Traditions, edited by Inge van Nistelrooij, Maureen Sander-Staudt, and Maurice Hamington. 

Care Ethics, Religion, and Spiritual Traditions is the first-of-its-kind a collection of original essays that address the intersection between contemporary feminist care ethics and religious morality. This collection includes contributions from an international and multidisciplinary array of scholars:  Ruth E. Groenhout, Maurice Hamington, Adriana Jesenková, Luigina Mortari, Sarah Munawar, Inge van Nistelrooij, Kimberley D. Parzuchowski, Jamie Pitts, Martin Robb, Jason Rubenstein, Robert Michael Ruehl, Maureen Sander-Staudt, Steven Steyl, and Sarah Zager. The volume also includes a foreword by Catherine Keller.

Thanks to a collaboration between Peeters Publishing, University of Humanistic Studies, and Portland State University, Care Ethics, Religion, and Spiritual Traditions is available as an open-access book free for researchers and students to download. You can also find the pdf in the attachment.

Inge van Nistelrooij

Professor by special appointment ‘Dialogical Self Theory’ | Radboud University, Nijmegen

Associate professor Care Ethics | University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht |




Learn about the Project for the Study of Love in Religion at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent's Park College, a Permanent Private Hall of the University of the University of Oxford.



The Center for Christogenesis is a spiritual organization that serves an axial role in our time, bridging faith, science, culture, and community. The Center builds on the ideas of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and seeks to actualize his vision of emerging wholeness for a new vitality of the spirit.