“Science, Religion, and Beauty in the Stars” Retreat
Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, appointed by Pope
Francis as the director of the Vatican Observatory in 2015, will be presenting
a retreat, “Science, Religion, and Beauty in the Stars,” at The Jesuit Retreat
Center in Los Altos, Feb. 17-19, 2017.
From the opening of Genesis to the most recent
encyclical of Pope Francis, our belief in a creator has meant that we believe
God "reveals Himself in the things He has made" (to quote St. Paul).
By looking at beauty in both nature and in the science that lets us understand
nature we ask: What is God revealing
The non-silent retreat for men and women will
expand on topics first raised in a presentation at the University of Southern
California Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies in April 2016. Click here for more information or to register for the retreat.
Consolmagno, in addition to his role as director of the Vatican Observatory, is
president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A native of Detroit, he earned
undergraduate and masters' degrees from MIT, and a PhD in planetary science
from the University of Arizona. He was a researcher at Harvard and MIT, served
in the U.S. Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics before entering
the Jesuits in 1989.
unique perspective as both a scientist and a man of faith, Br. Consolmagno was
awarded the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society (AAS) for his
diverse methods of reaching the public and for his achievements, including his
numerous books and speaking engagements in both Europe and the United States.
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Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra
The Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra is an adult, youth, and family retreat center in Applegate, Placer County, California, for nonprofit groups of 20-130 (105 guests overnight; +25 additional beds in summer only).