From NEW PartnerS
MARKING EARTH DAY BY ENDORSING ST. FRANCIS PLEDGE
To celebrate Earth Day, a number of Catholic institutions became Catholic Climate Covenant Partners by endorsing the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor:
-The Archdiocese of Ottawa became the seventh arch/diocese to endorse the Pledge, joining Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Hartford, Green Bay, Stockton (CA) and Houma-Thibodaux (LA).
-On Saturday, April 21, President Marie Angelella George, Ph.D., helped Cabrini College (Radnor, PA) celebrate Earth Week by endorsing the Pledge on behalf of the College. Cabrini College is a Catholic, liberal arts college dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, and a commitment to social justice.
-On Monday, April 23, Stonehill College marked Earth Day with a Sustainability Fair at which President Mark Cregan, C.S.C., signed the St. Francis Pledge on behalf of the school. Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 375-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts.
-In the April 11 Newsletter Update, we announced that Saint Joseph’s College of Indiana had become a Catholic Climate Covenant Partner by endorsing the St. Francis Pledge. This week, we are excited to share the school’s official press release announcing the news.
-Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH) has also become a Partner by endorsing the Pledge. In the school’s press release, Brian Penney, a biology professor who heads the college's Environmental Stewardship Committee, said, Because environmental issues disproportionately affect people in developing nations and on the lower rungs of the socioeconomic scale, we have to start looking at our environmental practices differently," he says. "Many students here serve the community and try to help the needy, and they want to do more. This pledge casts attention on the small actions that we make on a day-to-day basis that build up to affect the health of the planet. Founded in 1889 by the Benedictines, Saint Anselm College has been named one of the country's "Colleges with a Conscience" by The Princeton Review.
-Holy Cross Abbey (Berryville, VA) has also become a Partner by endorsing the St. Francis Pledge. Holy Cross Abbey is a monastery of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (Trappists) sheltered by the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Cistercians dedicate their lives to seeking God according to the sixth-century Rule of Saint Benedict, living the vows of obedience, stability, and conversion of life in the monastic School for the Lord’s Service.