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