Care for Creation


Pope Francis tells us in his encyclical, Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home, "The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home."  

Resources to educate yourself and others on Pope Francis' encyclical:

1.       An excellent YouTube series which gives clear and easy understanding of the topics covered in the encyclical was created by Fr. Dan Horan, OFM.

2.      The U. S. Catholic Bishops created Catholic Climate Covenant in 2006.  This website includes videos, advocacy opportunities and the St. Francis Pledge that can be used in schools, parishes and with families.  

3.      The website of the U. S. Catholic Bishops has the encyclical itself and other resources on the encyclical.   

4.      Excellent websites for advocacy and resources are Catholic Climate Movement and Franciscan Action Network

5.      Beautiful prayer cards, videos, etc. are found here.

The Diocesan Care for Creation Committee has a number of resources that can be used to teach the moral perspective of our care for God's gift of creation and to present practical ways to help people reduce, reuse and recycle. 

Actions to Reduce Carbon Footprint
Encyclical Quotes and Prayers
Hydrofracking Water and Human Help Bishops
Recycling Places for Buffalo
10 Things to Do for Care for Creation
Catholic Social Teaching and Care for Creation 
Church Teaching with Facts and Practical Action
How the Diocesan Care for Creation Committee can help you

For more information, email Sister Sharon Goodremote, FSSJ, chair of the Diocesan Care for Committee.