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Care of God’s Creation

In view of the concerns of so many throughout the world, the devastation caused by changes in patterns of life and natural disasters, it is time for our catholic communities to examine the teachings of our Church and develop plans of action for the enhancement of the earth and protection of all created beings.

On this web page, in the spirit of the Laudato Si’, we hope to share the teachings of our Church as they are acted upon in the Archdiocese, our parishes, and diverse ecclesial movements. It is a true human tragedy when few individuals look upon our times and see everything through the prism of politics. They forget the Divine Mandate given to us by God from the beginning in which He proclaimed all that was created was good and each person is a steward of the gift of Creation.  

Laudate Deum

“Praise God for all his creatures!”

This was the message that Saint Francis of Assisi proclaimed by his life, his canticles and all his actions.

In this way, he accepted the invitation of the biblical Psalms and reflected the sensitivity of Jesus before the creatures of his Father: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these” (Mt 6:28-29). “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight” (Lk 12:6).

How can we not admire this tenderness of Jesus for all the beings that accompany us along the way!

Click here to read Pope Francis's Apostolic exhortation, Laudate Deum.
Earth Day

We are all invited to be good stewards of the earth. Learn more about how you can participate in the care of God’s creation during this Season of Creation for Earth Day with these tips, courtesy of the Archdiocese of New York’s Department of Energy Management:


The Spirituality of Soil

The Office of Peace, Justice, and the Integrity of Creation of the Sisters of Charity of New York and The Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth invite you to a ZOOM webinar on composting.

Monday, May 6, 2024
6 – 7:30 PM
Free Webinar

Registration is not required. Click here to join the webinar.

Eric Anglada (St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm, Cuba City, WI) and Peggy Linehan (NYC urban composter) will share the deep spirituality that calls us to a new relationship with the community of life under our feet and answer practical questions about how to compost as an individual, family, or community.

Care for Creation Fair

Sponsored by Holy Name of Jesus – St. Gregory the Great Parish Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee. Learn ways to live Laudato Si’!

Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 21, 2024
After every weekend Mass.

Click here for more information.

Holy Name of Jesus School
202 Amsterdam Ave @ West 97th St.
New York, NY 10025

Refreshments and resources will be provided, as well as engaging activities for children to enjoy. All are welcome to join us!

The Journey from Homeless to Home

Join us for an eye-opening event where we explore the inspiring stories and resources for individuals who have successfully transitioned from homelessness to finding a place to call home in the bustling city of New York. Discover the various housing services available in NYC that have played a crucial role in this journey.

Thursday, February 8, 2024
7:30 PM – 9 PM

Learn more and RSVP

This in-person event will take place at the Church of Our Saviour (59 Park Ave New York, NY 10016), providing an intimate setting to connect with fellow attendees and learn from staff who serve the homeless firsthand. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights, ask questions, and be part of a supportive community. Together, let’s empower ourselves with knowledge and compassion to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Light refreshments will be provided at the reception.

STOP Human Trafficking: What We Need to Know; What We Can Do

Our Conversation will include:

  • Welcome
  • Opening Prayer
  • Life Experiences – Josephine Crisostomo, LifeWay Network Director of Education, Sisters Kate O’Neill, RNDM and Claudia Stecker, RNDM (LifeWay Safe House host community) will begin the discussion.
  • Q & A and Time for Sharing
  • The Equality Model and Advocacy Opportunities – Josephine Crisostomo

Monday, February 12, 2024
7 PM – 8 PM

Register before Thursday, February 8, 2024 by clicking here.

For more information, email Ms. Maureen Reiser, SCNY Director of Associates at [email protected]
Hosted by Sisters of Charity of New York and LifeWay Network


GREEN TEAM: Seeking Volunteers

The Archdiocese of New York’s Energy Department is currently seeking candidates for our newly established Green Team. This team of volunteers will help devise solutions for sustainable environmental goals for use at the parish or community or organizational levels.  Green Team members will have access to a series of developmental training sessions that will build their knowledge.  

Green Team members are encouraged to create sustainable initiatives of interest to themselves or their community -for example: Recycling, Composting, Community Gardens, Energy Efficiency, etc. Most of all we will join together our collective experiences and encourage and support one another as we Care for Our Common Home.

Please express your interest by filling out this form: GREEN TEAM Volunteer interest form


Make the most of this Season of Creation. Read Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ on care for our common home, and learn more about Fratelli tutti here. Take action with the Laudato Si’ Movement, Catholic Climate Covenant, or the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Learn more about the Season of Creation here. Share the following graphics on your social platforms.

Care of God’s Creation Resources from Catholic Relief Services:

Learn about St. Francis Xavier Laudato Si’ 3-year Climate Action Plan unveiled in 2022.


There are many ways to make a difference in your life and your environment. Why not incorporate some of the suggestions below into your daily routine and see what changes you can make?

You are invited to download and share these graphics with your community, on your social media platforms. Thank you for your kind consideration!


The movie The Letter about the Laudato Si’,  Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology,  offers a transformative new vision of environmental protection. The film, made in cooperation with the Vatican is available for free through a partnership with YouTube

The United Nations will convene their annual meeting on climate, COP28, on November 30, 2023, in Dubai

In advance of the meeting, Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop A. Elias Zaidan of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, released the following statement:

“We pray for all leaders and participants of COP28 as they work to care for our climate. As Pope Francis emphasized in Laudate Deum, the climate crisis is an opportunity to reconfigure international relations toward the common good, ‘demonstrat[ing] the nobility of politics,’ where, as brothers and sisters all, we can achieve ‘a decisive acceleration of energy transition’ (nos. 60, 54).”

Read more via The Good Newsroom: COP 28: U.S. Bishops Call for International Climate Policies that Promote Justice


October 4th marked the close of the annual celebration of the Season of Creation at Iona University.

Student Fausto Rincon at podium with Icons
Final earth is applied to newly planted river birch by Marie Pace of Office of Dean of Arts and Sciences
Assembled Students

St. Francis Xavier Environment Ministry hosted a Clean Up Day at Glick Park next to the East River.


It might come as a surprise to some but religious leaders and theologians have been recognizing in our Catholic Social Teaching a clear direction with a common purpose. The United Nations took up issues of the environment declaring a worldwide celebration of a Day for the Environment in 1973. Two years previous, Saint Pope Paul VI noting the eightieth anniversary of the “Rerum Novarum” of Leo XIII wrote: “Man is suddenly becoming aware that by an ill-conceived considered exploitation of nature he risks destroying it…Not only is the material environment becoming a permanent menace—pollution and refuse,  new illness and absolute destructive  capacity—but the human framework is no longer under man’s control, thus creating an environment for tomorrow which may be intolerable.” (21)

This twentieth-century prophet was warning us about what we are now experiencing throughout many nations, including our own. Pandemics have plagued our societies, settled cities have suffered the ravages of “storms of the century”, wars are being fought over the lack of resources, and men, women, and children have had to flee violent uprisings and cease to exist where they have dwelt for millennia. The dignity of humanity is not seen as God’s gift but is defined on the basis of the amount of power possessed, the size of houses built, the value of material things possessed, and most recently the numbers of weapons had to defend those very signs of affluence.

What Pope Paul declared has been repeated time and again by his successors: Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and most recently, Pope Francis. Each has defined for us a path back to righteousness which Jesus proclaimed again and again from the Sermon on the Mount to His vision of the final judgment as written in Matthew’s Gospel.