“If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.”
- Wendell Berry
Franciscan tradition of care for creation
Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology, lived his life according to the Gospel and in part to be a steward, an advocate, for the heavens and Earth as they reflect God’s love among us. He gave thanks for Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brothers Wind and Air, Brother Fire and Sister Mother Earth in his prayer Canticle of the Creatures: “All praise be yours, my Lord, through all you have made."
An important role of the FSPA is to invite others to learn about and experience God's presence in nature. Using our land resources to model sustainability practices and spirituality for others is a very significant way of continuing FSPA's long-standing tradition of education ministry.
We celebrate God’s presence in all of creation by:
- Honoring relationships with and promoting earth as sacred.
- Devoting spiritual energies and economic resources to the care of God’s creation.
- Nurturing and increasing cosmic awareness and social consciousness.
- Educating members to advocacy: political involvement, social change, sustainability and healthy lifestyles.
In this section of our website, we present FSPA’s sustainability efforts, partnerships in conservation and personal reflections.
Lucy Slinger, FSPA
Laudato Si': Clarion Call to Care for Creation
Companions in the Garden by Sister Lucy Slinger (ppt.)
CNN features Sister Lucy
Hope Essential for Sustainability Praxis by Sister Lucy (pdf)
Sustainability 101 by Sister Lucy Slinger and Raintry Jean Salk (.ppt)
Sustainability at Viterbo by Sister Lucy (.ppt)
A Franciscan View of God's Good Earth (.ppt)
Sister Lucy's article Francis of Assisi - The Green Saint
Sister Lucy's Organic Garden Practices (.ppt)
FSPA Lands at St. Joseph Ridge (.ppt)