Environmental Justice is a focus of Justice and Peace Ministries that educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God’s creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.

The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for the least of these.”
– United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Green Mass

The 2018 Green Mass was held on Thursday, October 4, at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Auxiliary Bishop Bernard Shlesinger presided.

Environmental Justice Programs:

Earth Day

EARTH DAY is a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars for awareness and action. Each year on Earth Day, Catholics from around the world celebrate the environment as a Christian Act of Mercy.

Catholic Earth Day 2019 – All Creation Gives God Praise: Protecting Biodiversity

April 22, 2019 marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day.

All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more. The diversity and the populations of the species around us and upon which we depend, are declining at alarming rates. However, we can act to protect our species, through our individual actions and our communities, nationally, and globally.

Grounded in Scripture, Catholic social teaching, and Laudato Si’, this year’s Catholic Earth Day program will help mobilize the Catholic community to take urgent action to protect all of God’s creation.

Click here for resources to observe Catholic Earth Day 2019 in your parish.

LAUDATO SI’: On Care for Our Common Home

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is the appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.

Read the encyclical here. . .

Catholic Climate Covenant

Inspired by the USCCB’s 2001 statement on climate change, and supported by 16 national partners (which include the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, congregations of religious men and women, and other national organizations), Catholic Climate Covenant helps US Catholics respond to the Church’s call to care for creation and care for the poor.

  • Catholic Climate Covenant inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor by educating, giving public witness, and offering resources.

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