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Cañadas Named to Committee for Catholic Church’s Economy of Francesco Event

Katherine Stohlman

Students Urged to Apply to Attend Event, Sept. 22-24 in Assisi, Italy

Alejandro Cañadas, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Mount St. Mary’s University, has been invited to join the organizing committee for the third annual Economy of Francesco event, to be held September 22 to 24 in Assisi, Italy. The 2020 and 2021 events were offered online due to COVID-19 concerns.

canadas-a_210820-3056-in-text.jpgThe Economy of Francesco is an economic renewal movement begun by Pope Francis. In the spring of 2019, on the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker, the Holy Father released a letter addressed to “young economists and entrepreneurs worldwide,” inviting them to participate in the first event for the Economy of Francesco the following year. The Economy of Francesco seeks to transform economies across the world to ones that align with Catholic belief, and value human life, social justice, the poor, and stewardship of the environment.

As a professor in the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business, a Catholic and the director of the university’s Centre for Integral Ecology, Economics and iMpact (CIEEM), Cañadas is highly committed to the Economy of Francesco and its principles. “It is a real honor to be part of this great group of people from all over the world committed to the Economy of Francesco,” he said.

Economy of Francesco events aims to bring together students and young adults in business-related fields to learn from each other, share knowledge, and dialogue. Cañadas is currently in Italy, leading a group of Mount students on a semester-long study abroad in Florence, and has already traveled to Assisi to meet with the Economy of Francesco committee.

assisi-2-in-text.pngCañadas is encouraging Mount St. Mary’s students to apply to attend the September 2022 event in Assisi. Several Mount students on the study abroad trip already have applied. Applications, due by March 31, can be found on the Economy of Francesco website.

As a Catholic university, the Mount has always strived to teach students how to serve God and others, including in fields such as business and economics. Last November, the Mount became one of the first universities in the world to commit to a seven-year action plan to promote ecological and communal welfare, based on Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care of Our Common Home.” CIEEM, which Cañadas directs, is charged with implementing the Mount’s action plan. Fostering ecological economies is one of the seven Laudato Si’ goals.

“As a Laudato Si’ University it is really awesome to have a Mount St. Mary’s faculty member as one of the organizers of this great global event called by Pope Francis for the young people of the world,” noted John Nauright, Ph.D., the dean of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business.

Katherine Stohlman