Care of Earth Commitment

Caring for our common home is a Dominican Value. In fact, since 1992, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have been engaged in care of earth initiatives in support of our Relationship with the Earth Direction Statement:

We commit ourselves to foster the contemplative stance that all the earth is sacred and interconnected; respect and accountability for the earth are necessary to the survival of life. We affirm that actions which impact the environment will be preceded by the question: Is this action which I (we) are performing supportive of the environment?


Our Care of Earth Committee

The Care of Earth Committee engages in efforts to identify specific areas of concern or need in West Michigan. We help with research, formulate messages, and plan and coordinate activities that engage our Sisters, Associates, and friends in calling for justice for Earth.


The Prairie Habitat at Marywood

Resources Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common Home

  • Have you read Pope Francis’ global call to care for our Earth? In Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common HomePope Francis suggests that everything is related and that faith convictions can motivate people to care for nature and for the most vulnerable of their brothers and sisters.
  • Purchase your personal copy of Laudato Si’ in the Bookstore at Dominican Center. Or, Laudato Si’ (PDF document) is easily read on a tablet or computer screen. It is well over 100 pages; please consider carefully before you print.