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2014 Lenten Energy Fast


“Take good care of creation. St. Francis wanted that. People occasionally forgive, but nature never does. If we don't take care of the environment, there's no way of getting around it."

– Pope Francis, Earth Day 2013

Drawing on Catholic Social Teaching, climate change science and scripture readings (Cycle A), this resource includes a weekly commentary, reflection questions and prayer suggestions to guide the reader through the Lenten Season in  consideration of climate justice.  Included are suggestions for an Energy Fast, and Forty Ways in Forty Days to cut personal energy use.  Suitable for use by individuals or communities.

Download the 2015 Energy Fast

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On Monday, the day before Pope Francis arrives in the U.S., Sr. Leanne will appear at a press conference with Nuns on the Bus in Columbus to highlight Francis' recent environmental encyclical and to push for better energy policy in our state. Read the press announcement here.  If you're in Columbus, join us at the event!

The Catholic Climate Covenant is providing materials for parishes and faith communities to host educational and reflective gatherings on Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si.  Contact MEEC to host an event for your group.

Upcoming events

Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis on October 3 from 1-4 p.m. at a special seed collection event in the Bro. Don Geiger Prairie at Mount St. John.

Join us at the University of Dayton for a livestream of Cardinal Peter Turkson's remarks on Pope Francis' environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, on Monday, November 2. Event starts at 6:46 in Sears Auditorium.  Information from OSU available here.

View calendar here.

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