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A Prayer for Critical Concerns Week 2020

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Earth Land Sea Prayer Card

Georgian Court is preparing for Critical Concerns Week 2020—Earth: Land and Sea, and a special prayer card is available now for download. This special week of activities and opportunities for reflection will take place March 23-26 at GCU’s historic Lakewood campus. Watch the GCU website for more details soon.

This year’s theme takes into consideration Pope Francis’ 2016 address for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. That’s when he proposed an addition to the two traditional sets of seven corporal and spiritual works of mercy. 

As a spiritual work of mercy, care for creation “calls for a grateful contemplation of God’s world which allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us.” As a corporal work of mercy, caring for creation “requires simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness, and makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.” 

Join the GCU community in preparation by downloading this special prayer for Earth: Land and Sea. It is meant to remind us all that care for creation is more than a nice sentiment. It is a call to live with mercy in every context of our lives.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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