Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

Modern Lives. Sacred Traditions.

Ecological Advocacy

“If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.”

- Wendell Berry

Francis statue in gardenFranciscan 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.


An Eco-Advocate with a Green Thumb, as featured on Connecting the Diocese, a weekly radio show produced by the Diocese of La Crosse.

Our FSPA Garden & Greenhouse: the 2017 Season in Review by Lucy Slinger, FSPA

Franciscanism: A Call to Action for the Common Good (FSPA Affiliate Fall Gathering 2017) by Lucy Slinger, FSPA

FSPA Land Sustainability Practice Praxis: Part I and Part II by Lucy Slinger, FSPA

Franciscan Stewardship by Lucy Slinger, FSPA

Sister Lucy Slinger's DCCW presentation "Beatitudes: What we are called to do today to live as Jesus did?" (Part I, Part I-b, Part II)

Sister Lucy Slinger's four-part "Jacoba's Greenhouse" series (Part I, Part I continued, Part II, Part III, Part IV)

Cosmic Walk Ritual Script, by Lucy Slinger, FSPA

The Praxis of Ecojustice connected to Social Justice by Lucy Slinger, FSPA

Sister Lucy Slinger's Food Ethics Choices book mark

What is ethical eating by Lucy Slinger, FSPA

‚ÄčLaudato Si': Clarion Call to Care for Creation by Lucy Slinger, FSPA

Companions in the Garden by Lucy Slinger, FSPA (ppt.)

Hope Essential for Sustainability Praxis Lucy Slinger, FSPA (pdf)

A Franciscan View of God's Good Earth Lucy Slinger, FSPA (.ppt)

Sister Lucy Slinger's article Francis of Assisi - The Green Saint

Sister Lucy's Organic Garden Practices (.ppt)

FSPA Lands at St. Joseph Ridge by Lucy Slinger, FSPA (.ppt)

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