As Franciscans, we hold a special place in our heart for our sister, Mother Earth. We see our God reflected in her beauty and remember the necessity of a balanced ecology.

This year we join Franciscans and others all over the world in celebrating the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’. FAN partnered with the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) to engage young adults around the messages and calls for action in the encyclical. We held a 3-part series of 1-hour online events focused on understanding these messages and discussing concrete ways to live out the directives presented by Pope Francis. You can view the previous sessions of the series by clicking the links below.

Protect Our Future: A Guide to Living Laudato Si’ Part 1 – Interactive Discussion

Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM and Dr. Meghan Clark joined us in an interactive discussion on rising to the challenges put forth in the encyclical. Click here to watch.

Protect Our Future: A Guide to Living Laudato Si’ Part 2 – Living out the Theory

We hosted two individuals actively putting the theory of Laudato Si’ into action in their lives and communities. We learned what motivates and guides them to protecting our future and planet. Click here to watch.

Protect Our Future: A Guide to Living Laudato Si’ Part 3 – Take Action

We delved into ways to actively participate in caring for our common home. With our friends Annika Harley from Creation Justice Ministries and a student from Cardinal Stritch University who took part in their alternative Spring Break trip, we explored how to become stronger advocates in Franciscan response to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.  You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

More ways to take action:

Click here to find an up-to-date list of climate legislation.

Write an email to your Member of Congress: Urge the EPA to stop dismantling environmental regulations and protections. Find sample language and an email tool by clicking here.

Take the St. Clare Pledge and commit to contacting Congress each week.

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Partner Climate Focused Organizations:

Creation Justice Ministries

Laudato Si’ Revolution

Catholic Climate Covenant

Living the Change

Global Catholic Climate Movement

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