Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

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FSPA's commitment to promote and protect the land

Mississippi Valley Conservancy

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The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are sponsoring partners of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MCV), located in La Crosse, Wis., to assist with the protection of Coulee Region lands.

More specifically, FSPA Ecological Advocate Sister Lucy Slinger has worked with MVC personnel to develop a long range sustainability land management plan for the Franciscan Sisters’ 200-plus acres of bluff woods and crop land on St. Joseph’s Ridge.

Sister Lucy says, “By partnering with Mississippi Valley Villa landConservancy, we can identify the breadth of biological and geological resources that exist on FSPA’s land. Such expert guidance in decision making and plan implementation ensures that we protect the treasures that exist on St. Joseph’s Ridge and all FSPA lands, including properties in Iowa, Northern Wisconsin and Washington where FSPA spirituality centers are located.

“The MVC – FSPA partnership is a witness to others,” says Sister Lucy, “of our charism of ‘Care for Creation.’”

View from Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wis.
Photo courtesy of Lucy Slinger, FSPA

FSPA Sponsored Ministries

Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center

This ecospirituality center is committed to offering facilities that use alternative energy sources, a sustainable treatment of the land, conservation of natural resources and other earth-friendly practices.

Prairiewoods was recently honored with LEED® Gold certification, marking the facility as the first in Iowa to practice green buiding sustainability.

Ecological Advocates

FSPA also shares the vision of other ecological advocacy organizations.

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Interfaith Power & Light
Corporate Accountability
The Earth Charter Initiative
Catholics for Climate Change—Franciscan Pledge
Coulee Partners for Sustainability
Franciscan Action Network
National Catholic Conference of Rural Life

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