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

Care for our Common Home Monday Online Gatherings

Beginning on Monday, January 22, we will be hosting bi-weekly gatherings online via Zoom. During these 40 minute gatherings (7 – 7:40 p.m.), we will pray, read passages from and reflect on Laudato Si’, and discuss what we are doing in our communities to care for our common home. This online forum will be available every other Monday from January 22 moving forward. Participation is free and easy – you can access the meeting through PC, Mac, iOS, Android, or phone call. To download an online calendar of scheduled gatherings, along with access information, follow this link. Or, A direct link to our Zoom meeting space is here. If you have any questions or needs about these online gatherings, please contact Michael Terrien at mterrien@archchicago.org. Come join us as we pray and work in solidarity to care for our common home!

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.

Environmental Lobby Day - Thursday, April 26

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Illinois State Capitol
Springfield, IL

Join Catholics and other people of faith from throughout the state of Illinois at the state Capitol in Springfield! This annual day of advocacy, which is hosted by the Illinois Environmental Council, the Sierra Club, and Faith in Place, will feature a noon rally in front of the Capitol. Afterward, we will visit our state representatives and senators asking for their support of a legislative resolution honoring Laudato Si'. Read more about the resolution here. Find out who your state lawmakers are here.

The organizers have arranged for several buses to make the trip from throughout the Chicagoland area to Springfield. The cost is $30 per person and includes a T-shirt. Free tickets are available on the sign-up page if you are unable to afford a ticket at this time. Pack your own lunch. Click here to register for a bus ride to Springfield, and when asked what organization you are affiliated with, write "Care for our Common Home." 

If you are coming on your own, click here to register for the day's activities, and when asked on the form what organization you are with, check "other" and write in "Care for our Common Home."

Help spread the important message of Laudato Si' by joining the April 26 Environmental Lobby Day at the state Capitol!

Flyer (PDF)