Columban Fr Sean McDonagh  is to be awarded the Partnership for Global Justice Award in New York on 1 May 2011.

Global Justice Award

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Irish eco theologian, Fr Sean McDonagh, is to be awarded the Eighth Annual Partnership for Global Justice Award on Sunday May 1, 2011 at the Church of St Paul the Apostle in New York.

Fr McDonagh is the author of nine books including

  • Climate Change: The Challenge to All of Us;
  • Greening the Christian Millennium;
  • Care for the Earth and
  • Dying for Water,

Director of the Partnership for Global Justice, Sr Lucianne Siers, OP, said the organisation was honoured to be presenting the award to Fr McDonagh,

“a man who has so elucidated our understanding of environmental justice and whose passion and dedication challenges us all to hear the cries of the poor and the cry of the Earth.”

She added, “He represents the legacy and spirit of our annual Justice Award by his life-long work as a faithful steward.”

The Partnership for Global Justice is a network of religious congregations, social justice groups and individuals that seeks to foster equitable global systems, strategies for ecological sustainability and a respect for the diversity of cultures and traditions through educational programmes, advocacy and participation with the UN as a non-governmental organisation.

It was while serving the indigenous T’boli people on the Philippine island of Mindanao in the 1970s and 1980s that Fr McDonagh’s understanding of environmental issues and the relationship between faith, justice and ecology took hold.

The Columban missionary has since challenged the Church to take up John Paul II’s plea to undergo an “ecological conversion” and has called for environmental justice to become a core Catholic activity.

Fr McDonagh urged the Church to call a Synod for Creation and give support to such advocacy groups as the Forest Stewardship Council, the organisation on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, and the Convention on Biodiversity.