Why This Site Was Initiated

In 2009, Bishop Skylstad, on behalf of the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops shared with each U.S. parish the "The Catholic Climate Covenant", http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/ and invited all of us to take the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor.

He also asked to help spread the good news and to encourage others to join and do the same. This is not an isolated initiative, but a concrete follow-up to the significant documentation issued over the years by the U.S. Catholic Bishop and the Vatican inviting us to reflect and to take action on caring for God’s creation in its various aspects and in caring for the “least of these,” in response to the challenges of environmental justice and global climate change.

We believe that a commitment like that espoused by the Catholic Climate Covenant through the St. Francis Pledge is likely to be more openly received in parishes when coupled with a formation process that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the issues, thereby leading to a change of heart and subsequent action. In this way, "Caring for God's Creation" can take us to a step deeper in how we live our faith.

We hope those who visit here will find these resources useful!

The team who originated this site:

Katie Hirschboeck, Our Mother of Sorrows Parish
Giulio & Joan Grecchi, St. Cyril Parish
Mike & Theresa Crimmins, St. Pius X Parish

The Team Who Originated This Site

We are a team of Catholics from Tucson East Vicariate parishes who came together in 2009 to initiate this to foster an awareness of how we are all called to “Care for God’s Creation.”

Katie Hirschboeck (Our Mother of Sorrows) — Katie is the chair of the OMOS Christian Life Commission and is also a professor of climatology in the University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research has over 30 years of experience teaching and doing research on the environment and global climate change.  She has a PhD in geosciences and holds joint faculty appointments in both atmospheric sciences and hydrology.  She is also a national‘Catholic Climate Ambassador’ for the Catholic Climate Covenant.  At OMOS, she serves as chair of the Christian Life Commission and co-founded the OMOS Care for Creation initiative.  She is deeply committed to what our faith teaches about the consistent ethic of life, care for creation, care for the poor – and how these areas are interrelated.

Giulio & Joan Grecchi (St. Cyril) — Giulio and Joan co-founded the New Jersey Catholic Coalition for Environmental Justice in 2002 (sponsored by the five NJ dioceses). They also organized Statewide Environmental Conferences on "A Vision for Environmental Justice: Our Responsibility for God’s Creation" April 25-27, 2003 at Princeton University; “Creating an Environment for Life” October 15, 2005 at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ and several other events. They returned to Tucson in 2005 and are now a driving force in Tucson's Voice of the Poor program.

Mike & Theresa Crimmins (St. Pius X) — Mike and Theresa are PhD. research specialists at the University of the Arizona. Mike is a Climate Science Extension Specialist in the UA’s Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science. In this position he supports resource managers by increasing climate science literacy as well as developing strategies to adapt to a changing climate. Theresa is an Associate Research Scientist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment.  As Director of Partnerships and Outreach, she is involved in citizen scientist initiatives and adult education.