Resources and Events


Ecospirituality in Action Lunch & Learn Series

Join FSPA every second Tuesday of 2021 for the Ecospirituality in Action Lunch & Learn series. Sponsored by our ecospirituality committee, this series is an opportunity to explore FSPA's commitment to ecological education, one of the seven Laudato Si' goals and A Revolution of Goodness proclamation made to stretch us to be people of encounter who stand with all suffering in our Earth Community. Each Lunch & Learn will feature new topics of ecological advocacy presented by speakers who will inspire us to care for all of creation. Stay tuned for your invitation to upcoming Lunch & Learn events, and register to reserve a seat at the table.

April 13, 2021

Join FSPA for “Gardening 101: What’s sprouting at Jacoba’s Greenhouse? Get started at home,” presented by FSPA Ecospirituality Project Outreach Coordinator Karen Stoltz on Tuesday, April 13, from noon to 1 p.m. CST. In the fourth session of the 2021 Eco in Action Lunch & Learn Series, Karen will introduce us to the basics of starting a garden indoors from seed selection and potting soil to choosing a site for transplanting your seedlings outside. In addition, Karen will give us a sneak peek at what’s emerging from the seeds and soil inside Jacoba’s Greenhouse on FSPA land at St. Joseph Ridge in La Crosse, Wisconsin, soon to be transplanted to the gardens there.  

Registration is required to participate in this free, virtual event.


Karen manages the gardens, orchard and Jacoba’s Greenhouse at St. Joseph Ridge — seeds of FSPA’s ministry of ecological advocacy in the Franciscan tradition of care for creation. 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. Karen coordinates volunteers, collegiate internships, school field trips, garden clubs, book clubs and many more opportunities to experience ecospirituality with FSPA. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and ornamental horticulture (with minors in biotechnology and environmental science) from UW-Platteville as well as a Master of Arts in instruction with an emphasis in life science secondary education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona.


Watch "Ecology of Creativity and Community for the Backyard and the Future of the Planet," FSPA's Eco in Action Lunch & Learn session presented by Jack Phillips on March 9. Jack calls us to "focus on the bit of earth that's under our care," and asks us to discern if "we are acting in a way that's nurturing the planet, or are we hastening the destruction of the planet."


"Resilient Farming Systems in the Face of Climate Change" with Ron Rosmann
Experience "Resilient Farming Systems in the Face of Climate Change," the second session in FSPA's Lunch & Learn series, presented by Ron Rosmann on Feb. 9. Ron owns and operates Rosmann Family Farms with his family in Harlan, Iowa, and is a founding board member of the grassroots organization Practical Farmers of Iowa. He spoke about how climate change impacts agriculture and his approach to that challenge, spirituality and religion in farming and the big agricultural picture: what we eat, where we buy our food and what the future holds.

"Life Lessons for Our Future From COVID-19" with Sister Lucy Slinger
Sister Lucy Slinger presented "Life Lessons for Our Future From COVID-19" during the first Ecospirituality in Action Lunch & Learn session. In her presentation, Sister Lucy offered “Pandemic Key Gifts of Influence” that include “successful responses to this pandemic” as invitations “to know how to address the ongoing ‘silent’ pandemic of environmental degradation that is equally if not more of a threat to a future for humanity.”

FSPA Laudato Si' anniversary celebration prayer service
FSPA, affiliates and partners in mission created an interactive prayer service video to honor the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' Laudato Si'. Pray, sing, reflect and learn with us — anytime, anywhere.

The Faith for Earth Initiative is designed to foster global connections through the mission of the United Nations Environment Program, missioned to "encourage, empower and engage with faith-based organizations as partners, at all levels, toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfilling the 2030 Agenda." Learn more at

Global Catholic Climate Movement webinar

GCCM's Laudato Si' Week webinar "Deepening Our Communion With Creation" is a presentation featuring keynote speaker Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-founder and co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. Connecting ecospirituality, the cosmos, science and the call to action within faith communities, Dr. Tucker invites us to "start a journey of transformation, connecting the heart of our faith with the heart of our common home." Click here to experience the the webinar on YouTube (beginning at the 15 minute, 23 second mark).

Care for Creation

Vatican - Amazon Synod document

Exhortation by Pope Francis following the Amazon Synod - Beloved Amazon

UISG - Sowing Hope for the Planet campaign (FSPA is a member)

United Nations - Sustainable Development Goals

Global Catholic Climate Covenant


Catholic Climate Covenant

Creation Care Teams - Catholic Climate Covenant

Catholic Charities of the Twin Cities (side note, I really like this page and it ties together all the writings from the Catholic Church to Cry of the Earth and Cry of the Poor)

Creation Justice Ministries (Faith Based)

Sisters of Earth

Earth Charter

Climate Action

LCWR - Climate Change resolutions and resources


United Nations

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Catholic Relief Services - Climate Change

Laudato Si' Generation - Intergenerational activist group helping to organize climate action days

Interfaith Power and Light

Citizens Climate Lobby

Climate Reality Project
Beth Piggush, Integral Ecology Director participated in the Climate Reality Leadership Training in July 2019.


Living the Change

Earth 911

Environmental Protection Agency

America Recycles

World Resources Institute


Renewable Energy - Solar Connect Community - FSPA Founding Member 2017
Cashton Garden - live data

FSPA support of solar also supports City of La Crosse 100% by 2050 resolution

Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency - This website links to the programs and financial support options for each state. You can search WI or WA.

Natural Resources (water quality, life on land and life below water)

The Aldo Leopold Foundation

The Nature Conservancy

The Pachamama Alliance

Catholic Rural Life - Stewardship of Creation - Ethical Food and Agriculture

League of Conservation Voters

National Audubon Society

U.S. Department of Interior - Stewardship

Other Sister Congregations

Sisters of Mercy

Loretto Community


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