Care for Creation
Franciscans are dedicated to the care of creation, seeing all creatures as brothers and sisters.
Saints Francis and Clare had a relational understanding of creation. All creatures, from the smallest to “our Sister, Mother Earth,” were sisters and brothers, part of the very family of God. Because of this, Francis was named the patron saint of ecology by Pope John Paul II. Following this tradition, St. Bonaventure developed a theological and spiritual vision that acknowledged all creation as emanating from the goodness of God, existing as a “footprint” of God, and leading us back to God if we are able to “read” nature properly. He spoke of creation as the first book that God wrote.
“Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically…He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.”
-Pope Francis, Laudato Si #10
Maryland Catholics Advocate in AnnapolisOn Feb. 18th, in Annapolis, Maryland, Catholics from 19 parishes gathered (pictured, top) to march to the...
Creation-centered activities to ponder and challenge you during Lent.
They did it! The FAN team of Patrick Carolan and Patrilie Hernandez took the plunge and raised over $5,000 for the Franciscan Action Network and the...
Help FAN Advocate for the Environment in 2019
Franciscans greatly concerned over most recent roll back of clean environment regulation for coal plants.
Click here for the links to two webinars that provide a summary of the Franciscan Delegation at Paris Climate Summit.
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