Catholic Divest-Invest Hub




Catholic institutions are divesting from fossil fuel companies and investing in renewable energy as part of their ethical investment commitments, to respond to the Pope’s Laudato Si’ encyclical and the COP21 statement of Catholic Bishops from all continents.

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Webinar “Prophetic Actions and Voices on Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice” – September 6 2017 

 What does it mean to be a prophetic witness today, in the economic sphere? How can Catholic institutions pull together to capitalise on their joint potential? And practically speaking, how does an institution go about making a public announcement? In this webinar, we will explore the need for public divestment from fossil fuels. With the help of experts, we will consider the importance of taking a taking a prophetic stand in relation to the dominance of fossil fuels in the global economy. An important contribution will be provided by Luigino Bruni, Professor of Economics at the Lumsa University (Rome) and worldwide coordinator of the Economy of Communion. A brand new resource for Catholic Institutions – the Catholic Divest toolkit ​will be presented by Dr. Lorna Gold, Trócaire. During the webinar, GCCM will explain how Catholic institutions of all shapes and sizes can jointly announce their divestment commitments together on key dates, to increase the visibility of the cause​. The next Joint Catholic Divestment announcement will take place on the Feast of St.Francis, October 4, 2017.

Webinar Program

Registration link

GCCM invitation to the webinar

For learning more and joining the next joint divestment announcement on October 4 2017, please [email protected]


Divestment is the opposite of investment – it is the removal of your investment capital from stocks, bonds or funds. The global Divest-Invest movement is asking institutions to move their money out of oil, coal and gas companies for both moral and financial reasons, asking instead to reinvest those resources in clean energy companies that will help solve the climate crisis while tackling energy poverty.



  • New report “The Sky’s Limit”: Coal mines and oil and gas wells currently in operation have 2.67 times more carbon than what is “safe” to burn to keep global temperature increase below 1.5C threshold
  • At the Vatican press conference on September 1, Cardinal Turkson mentioned that the fossil fuel divestment movement is based on the same logic encouraged in Laudato Si by Pope Francis of applying social pressure to businesses for the common good.



Over 530 institutions globally, representing over $3.4 trillion in funds under management, have committed to divest. They include institutions such as the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and many academic institutions such as Stanford University and Oxford University.

Catholic institutions that committed to divest fully or partially:

  • Georgetown University – USA
  • Franciscan Sisters of Mary – USA
  • University of Dayton – USA
  • Trocaire – Ireland
  • Sisters of Loretto – USA
  • CCFD-Terre Solidaire (Catholic Committe Against Hunger and for Development) – France
  • Catherine Donnelly Foundation (Sisters of Service) – Canada
  • The Passionists – Holy Spirit Province Australia, NZ, PNG and Vietnam
  • Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga – Australia
  • Presentation Congregation Queensland – Australia
  • Marist Sisters – Australia
  • The Jesuits in English Canada
  • Federation of Christian Organisations for the International Voluntary Service (FOCSIV) – Italy
  • Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea
  • SSM Health – United States
  • Diocese of the Holy Spirit of Umuarama in Paraná – Brazil
  • Missionary Society of St. Columban – International
  • Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco – Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Milan and Naples – Italy
  • Scarboro Missions – Canada
  • [NEW!] The Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit (Global, General Curia)
  • [NEW!] The Diocese of Pescara (Italy)
  • [NEW!] Il Dialogo (Italy)
  • [NEW!] The Italian Jesuits (Italy)
  • [NEW!] Rete Interdiocesana Nuovi Stili di Vita (Italy)
  • [NEW!] Siloe Monastic Community (Italy)
  • [NEW!] MGR Foundation (USA)
  • [NEW!] The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, Daughters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (USA)
  • [NEW!] St Joseph’s Province of the Congregation of the Passion – English Province of the Passionists (UK)

If your organization is interested in learning more, please contact [email protected]



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