Human Dignity and Solidarity

Care for Creation Ministry


 

Caring for our Earth is a requirement of our faith, as through this practice we become stewards of creation. In doing so, we are compelled to live and act in ways that protect the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants, whether human or non-human, in caring for creation we show respect and love to the Creator. Our bond to creation primordially calls us to be advocates and disciples in the current issues that environmentally threaten the integrity of our planet. The mitigation of human-induced climate change affects us all and the future of our younger generations.

“Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.” — Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 91

Autumn Listening Sessions and Gatherings

Throughout the fall, we have several opportunities available for individuals, families, and parishes to embrace the call to care for our common home. Each Vicariate, or region of our Archdiocese will be hosting listening session/gathering to bring together committed Catholics who are interested in learning how their parishes can integrate Care for God’s Creation into their ministries. Click here to register for a gathering near you!

October 1 Retreat: Catholic Spirituality to Care for Our Common Home

On Sunday, October 1, Dr. Marian Diaz will be facilitating an afternoon retreat on the call to integrate the spiritual conversion appealed for by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’. To learn more about the retreat, click here. To register, click here.

October 15: Faith in Place Green Team Summit

On Sunday, October 15, join houses of worship from throughout Illinois at the Field Museum for an afternoon of learning, networking, and inspiration! The Archdiocese of Chicago is proud to partner with Faith In Place for this FREE event, which includes lunch. Click here to learn more and register.

October 28: Advocacy Training Workshop

On Saturday, October 28, Marisa Vertrees from the Global Catholic Climate Movement will be leading a morning workshop on how as Catholics we can engage effectively in advocacy. Topics will cover aspects of advocacy on a local, state, and national level. Register here.

April 22: Earth Day Retreat

On Sunday, April 22, 2018 (Earth Day), join us at Cardinal Stritch Retreat Center in Mundelein for a day of reflection and immersion into God’s natural world. Participants will reflect on Laudato Si’, celebrate Mass, and learn about stewarding the garden God gave us. Click here to learn more and register.