In June 2015, Pope Francis issued an Encyclical document titled Laudato Si, or “Praise Be,” an exclamation from St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures. The Holy Father issued an urgent call to “every person living on this planet” to better care for our common home. Pope Francis challenges all of us to be aware that, “The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.” (23)

The message from Pope Francis resonates with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, whose mission of “caring for all creation,” is further illustrated in their Public Statement on the Earth which states:

We affirm our Sisters of Charity Vision statement to choose to live simply in a complex world committed to the healing of our global home. We believe that God continues to create the universe in the present moment and calls us to be life-giving and creative participants in the ongoing life of Earth. We believe Earth is our Teacher. We believe in safeguarding Earth’s regenerative capacities.

We are called:
….In humility to reverence the beauty and gifts of Earth.
…In simplicity to recognize our kinship with Earth.
…In charity to sustainably protect and restore the Integrity of Earth’s ecological  systems.

Mindful of Pope Francis’ message and the Sisters of Charity mission,  the Board of Directors of the SC Ministry Foundation chose to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the foundation with one-time grants to the Sisters of Charity congregation and their five sponsored ministries: Seton High School, St. Joseph Home, Mount St. Joseph University, Bayley, and DePaul Cristo Rey High School.

The grants may be utilized to enhance each institution’s efforts to care for creation and serve as strong stewards of the Earth’s resources.

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Sister Sally Duffy, SC (left) president and executive director of SC Ministry Foundation, presented a grant award to Sister Joan Cook, SC president of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on June 23 during the foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration with the congregation. The grant will support the congregation’s efforts to utilize geothermal energy within their facilities.