The Ecology and Earth Literacy Office of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul was a direct response to a written commitment made by the congregation at its 1994 Chapter.
MANDATE: To carry out Directional Statement #5 which states: “WE PROMOTE RE-DISCOVERY OF OUR SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH THE EARTH THROUGH ON-GOING EDUCATION AND ACTION IN THE AREAS OF”:
- ECOLOGY AND HEALTH
- ECOLOGY AND THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
GOAL: To strive to live in harmony with all of creation. This is done through consciousness-raising, education, witnessing, workshops, communal conversion and networking.
OBJECTIVE: to seek a deeper understanding of the New Cosmology and its’ implications for living in an ecologically sensitive way.
COMPLETION: The ministry worked to promote non-violence, simplicity and moderation with regard to the Earth and its bounty. As well, living sustainably and simply in a balanced relationship with all Creation, the ministry was witness to others of respect for the Earth and Life in all its diversity. The Ecology and Earth Literacy Office often collaborated with other Sisters of Providence ministries such as the Heirloom Seed Sanctuary and the Integrity of Creation part of JPIC. Although the Ecology and Earth Literacy ministry came to completion in January of 2020, work will continue through the Integrity of Creation and Climate Change part of JPIC.