FSPA's commitment to promote and protect the land
FSPA supports NCR EarthBeat
EarthBeat is a comprehensive resource that tells stories of how people of faith are taking action on climate change. Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration’s generous support helped make EarthBeat possible. FSPA furthered its investment in July 2020 which marked the establishment of the Laudato Si' fund to permanently endow NCR's environmental coverage.
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The EarthBeat project also seeks readers' "Small Earth Stories." According to the site, "Your Small Earth Story might reflect that moment when you began eating differently, heating or cooling your home more carefully, traveling with a smaller carbon footprint. Maybe it’s the story of that difficult climate conversation at the family cookout. A change in your prayer life? An incident or insight that prompted you to press your elected representative to do more about climate change? You’ve abandoned your garbage disposal in favor of composting." Click to submit your story.
Watch Sister Eileen McKenzie and Tom Fox talk about this collaboration to wake up the world.
Sowing Hope for the Planet
This project is a collaborative effort of the JPIC Commission in the name of UISG and the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).
Pope Francis has underlined the fundamental connection that exists between the environmental crisis and the social crisis that we are experiencing and is asking for. He often reminds us: "Everything is interconnected."
Mississippi Valley Conservancy
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are sponsoring partners of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MCV), located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to assist with the protection of Coulee Region lands.
Our team 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 Slinger, FSPA mission councilor, says, “By partnering with Mississippi Valley Conservancy, 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.’”
FSPA Sponsored Ministries
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.
Read about Prairiewoods' land conservation easement.
FSPA also shares the vision of other ecological advocacy organizations.