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Care For Creation

St. Francis Pledge: “I pledge to pray, live and advocate Laudato Si.”

Care for Creation Ministry

To answer Pope Francis’ call, the Care for Creation Ministry meets regularly to facilitate individual parishioners and the parish as a whole in living more in harmony with creation. We work with the interfaith community on local issues and on speaking in a unified voice calling for political leadership on this urgent issue.

Why We Care

What You Can Do with Us

  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Ministry: support a local farmer who provides subscribers with fresh, sustainably produced, organic veggies.
  • Francis Community Garden: volunteer to help plant, nurture, gather, and donate organic food right on St. Francis’ campus for Interfaith Food Shuttle on Saturdays.

    The parish is making a concerted effort to reduce/eliminate plastic usage on campus, to make sure our recycling actually IS recycled and to compost as much as possible both at the parish and at TFS through Compost Now. We are also a member of Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle, an interfaith effort to care for creation and address climate change.  To help or to get involved with our plans for Earth Day, the Season of Creation, Laudato Si Week of any other eco-activity, contact the ministry leader, Pam James, at

What You Can Do on Your Own

Laudato Si’

Basic info  (7-year goals)

Laudato Sí’ Action Platform

Home page to sign up 

Franciscans and Laudato Si 2020  Caring for Creation: Celebrate Earth Day at 50 and Laudato Si Week – Franciscan Action Network

Pope Francis TED talk

Pope’s talk

5 min very simple video on Laudato Si’,vid:o3Lz7dmn1eM,st:0

37 second video Laudato Si´ Goals – YouTube

Video about VA church’s Laudato Si approach


Laudato Si’ Action Platforms

Diocese’s Action Plan – The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego…/dioceses-action-plan

Laudato Si’ Action Plan – Archdiocese of Washington
Archdiocese of Atlanta Laudato Si’ Action Plan



Amanda Gorman poem

Spiritual approach to eco-living


Ten love letters to mother earth 

(also see spiritual folder)

Laudate Deum poem


Catholic organizations

Interfaith Creation Care of The Triangle

Inter-Faith Power and Light

Ignatian Solidarity Network   (more than eco issues)

Society of Catholic Scientists

Catholic Climate Covenant

Diocese of Raleigh Care for Creation

Strong Catholic Family Faith

Creation Justice Ministries

Greener Lent (Lenten eco project)

Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM)  (same as Laudato Si’)

Campaign Nonviolence

Vatican anti fossil fuels

Youth, race, Catholics and climate

County extension agent site

Resources for local gardening

Local ecumenical organization focusing on food and faith

Local green businesses

Package free store

NC climate statistics

Package free store

Protecting rivers Ignatian

Non-toxic cleaning products non-toxic cleaning products

Battery mowers best-battery-lawn-mowers-4176050  battery mowers

Car maintenance car maintenance

Gardening for pollinators

Develop pollinator gardens to care for bees, birds and butterflies with NCSU:

North Carolina Wildlife Federation

Environmental Defense Fund

NC Pollinators


In Defense of Food  by Michael Pollan  (also PBS show)

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Ecological Footprints: An Essential Franciscan Guide for Faith and Sustainable Living by Dawn M. Nothwehr OSF 

Listening for the Heartbeat of God – A Celtic Spirituality by J. Philip Newell (church library)

Solar Storms by Linda Hogan

Ask the Beasts by Elizabeth Johnson

Black Nature edited by Camille T. Dungy

When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature by Thomas Merton

Regeneration — follow up to drawdown – Paul Hawkens

The Nature of Nature—Eric Sala

Drawdown—Paul Hawkens

Braiding Sweet Grass – Robin Wall Kimmerer

Sharon Delgado’s — The Cross in the Midst of Creation:  Following Jesus, Engaging the Powers, Transforming the World
Harriet A. Washington –“A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind” 



The Pope, the Environmental Crisis, and Frontline Leaders | The Letter: Laudato Si Film – YouTube  THE LETTER

Dear Parents, do You Love Your Kids (2023) – YouTube  – 5 minutes

(715) Laudato Si’ animation | CAFOD – YouTube   Introduction video to Laudato Si

My Octopus Teacher

Kiss the Ground: about putting carbon back in the Earth:

Our Planet

Remothering the Land: (10 Min)

Just Faith option

“The Tree of Life” 2011 Brad Pitt; Sean Penn; Jessica Chastain

The True Cost” documentary on the fashion industry

The Story of Plastic

“Our Planet” (8-episode documentary)

“The Story of Plastic” (unavailable?)

“Under Contract” Chicken industry in NC  source from Larry P.  Earth Day Festival-in-a-box special if you place an order for multiple titles at once. Three titles: $250 Five titles: $400 Seven titles: $550

From Heather:

“What the Health” – personal stories of NC community sick (cancer epidemic) from hog farming waste Forks Over Knives

“Cowspiracy” (these 2 made by the same guy)

“Game Changers”

“Forks Over Knives” – Dr. Esselstyn – renowned expert in the field.

 Keeping the Earth religious & scientific perspective on the environment



NASA guy – great climate change explanation:

transportation: lawns killing us (5 min)

How to talk to people

Street gardens

Greta Thunburg

 Problem with Plastics

Drawdown presentation–wzCbhLTKM0p-xQ3.-zmNWvwhpJsCHwE8?continueMode=true

Colleen on veganism Colleen on impact of Vegan Diet and (5 min version)

God’s Creation Needs You

Steve Andrews Homily Nov 19 on Laudato Si and Care for Creation – Global Warming



A year’s trash in a tiny jar: (

The Way We Eat

 Reduce Carbon Footprint

Climate Indifference

Food’s Big Water Footprint

Activities and Apps

Abundant Living worksheet

Activity to build awareness of nature around us

Program to manage power consumption at home

App to identify things in nature Seek by iNaturalist

Eco voter movement

Local litter pickup:

NC native trees  NC native trees

Hiking in Raleigh  hiking in Raleigh

Activity ideas from REI 

Pollinator garden tours

Zero waste grocery shopping


Composting and earth worms 

Worm source


Build Awareness:


Just for Fun

Burger King climate effort –,vid:H1P79FwKuWg,st:0