Development throughout the project will continue to embrace the natural beauty of the property with a deliberate focus on sustainability and harmony with the environment.
Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1226) founded the Franciscan Order. He is well known for his service to poor people and his care for all living things. St Francis of Assisi is known throughout the world as a lover of nature. Many artistic portrayals of the Saint connect him with the environment. It was not surprising then, that the Pope declared him the Patron Saint of the Environment in 1979.
There are many stories from the life of St Francis which illustrate his profound love for God’s creation. Images of St. Francis often show him with birds and other creatures. His love of the natural world is expressed in the Canticle of the Sun, a prayer in which he speaks of Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Mother Earth, Brother Fire, and all of God’s creation.
Catholic teaching emphasizes a deep respect for God’s creation.
As Catholics live out their faith-as individuals, parishioners, students (children and adults), and as members of a variety of Catholic institutions-we seek ways to honor the gift of creation and live out the demands of the Gospel to care for people in poverty. The St. Francis Pledge urges people to take action:
- PRAY and reflect on the duty to care for God’s creation and protect the poor and vulnerable;
- LEARN about and educate others on both the reality of climate change and its moral dimensions;
- ASSESS your participation-as individuals and organizations-in contributing to climate change (i.e. consumption and conservation);
- ACT to change your choices and behaviors contributing to climate change and;
- ADVOCATE Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact the poor and vulnerable.