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."
FSPA invites others to 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 through political involvement, social change, sustainability and healthy lifestyles.
We're called to build bridges of relationships that stretch us to be people of encounter who stand with all suffering in our Earth Community. And we're acting by supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Laudato Si, Pope Francis' encyclical on environment and human ecology. We're focusing our efforts on energy, consumption, climate action, water quality, life on land and life below water.
FSPA land on St. Joseph Ridge, just outside La Crosse, serves as an educational model in the community. Future stewards of the earth, local students and volunteers help work the garden. FSPA's agricultural internship program bolsters the students' undergraduate studies for both biology and sustainable management majors. Our efforts to reduce invasive species on the property earned FSPA the 2019 Invader Crusader award.
As Franciscans we recognize the beauty and oneness of all creation knowing that all we do affects everyone and everything. Natural burial is a way to honor the sacredness of our Sister Earth as well as the natural cycle of life and death.
We've compiled a list of resources and events, including our 2021 FSPA Ecospirituality in Action Lunch & Learn series, that we hope you'll use as you explore your eco journey. And, we're working to build this list to include resources for schools and more.