FSPA gifts Network $1.5 million for climate justice

06/07/2023 3:48 pm

A “collaboration in mission” has emerged between the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, as FSPA gifts the organization with $1.5 million to “… confront the existential threat of our time that is climate change.” 

The Global Sisters Report article, “With Franciscan sisters’ $1.5 million gift, Network to take on climate lobbying,” details FSPA’s gift as $2 million in total: a $500,000 donation to Network for its 50th anniversary endowment campaign, and the remaining funds to support “the expansion of Network’s political ministry into the climate justice arena.” 

“This moment calls for a more unified Catholic sister voice … to face the enormous challenge of climate change,” says Sister Sue Ernster in the article. “Whom we bring together for mission matters, just as whom Jesus called as his disciples mattered. 

Of the collaboration with FSPA, Network Executive Director Mary Novak says, “This move into climate justice advocacy really does flow from the wisdom and discernment of the sisters.”

Read the article in its entirety at globalsistersreport.org.

franciscan sisters of perpetual adoration weed garden

*Note that the caption of this image published in the article reads "Greenfield, Wisconsin." St. Joseph is an unincorporated community in the town of Greenfield, La Crosse County. 

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