“The ecological problem must be dealt with not only because of the chilling prospects of environmental degradation on the horizon; the real motivation must be the quest for authentic world-wide solidarity inspired by the values of charity, justice and the common good.”
Pope Benedict, 2010 World Day of Peace Message
“Celebrating the sacredness and interconnectedness of creation,
we nurture deepening spiritual and ecological consciousness
through prayer, education and actions
that serve a sustainable Earth community”
~ Eco-Justice Mission Statement
Living in right relationship with all God’s Creation is at the center of our Christian faith. The Eco-Justice Ministry seeks not only to reduce our carbon footprint and live more sustainably, but to open ourselves to a radical change of heart and mind in how we live on and with the earth.
- We promote ways in which we as individuals, as families, and as a faith community can care for creation by making our homes and the church-school campus more sustainable.
- We promote governmental policies that are environmentally sound.
- We advocate for those who are most severely burdened by the effects of environmental degradation and climate change.
Did you know there are solar panels on the school? Or upgraded, energy-efficient lighting in many parts of the campus? Since 2008, the EcoJustice Ministry has worked to reduce our community's environmental impact and to raise consciousness of our need to better care for all of God's creation. Learn more about our successes so far!
Resources/Catholic Social Teaching Links:
Watch this powerful video by the Catholic Climate Covenant on why Catholics in particular should care about climate change.
In honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, our Parish will be taking the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. Learn more.
What have Pope Benedict and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops been saying about the environment and climate change? A lot.