We do not save what we do not love and we do not love what we do not know.
Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids are in love with God’s creation and celebrate, steward, and protect it.
Our Care of Earth Direction Statement reads: “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?”
For nearly 3 decades, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have lived into this Care of Earth Direction Statement by examining our individual and collective actions and providing opportunities for prayer, study, and reflection on this important topic. Stewardship is a core value of our Dominican Sisters, our Dominican Associates, and our employees and influences how we manage resources from our campus property to items we purchase and maintain.
Our Care of Earth Committee is dedicated to fostering a contemplative stance toward the Earth and to promoting awareness of the sacredness and interdependence of all God’s creation. We value making time to study, reflect, and act on issues that are harming Earth today: consumerism, global warming, pollution, and more.
Care of Earth Committee helps focus our eco-justice initiatives and develops study and reflection resources available for use by Sisters, Associates, and anybody who has a desire to learn about and steward God’s creation.
Pope Francis’ papal encyclical on the environment released June 18, 2015 was a call to the world about the interconnection of all creation.
In November 2021, the Church called upon Catholics and all people to join a seven-year initiative to focus on redefining and rebuilding our relationship with each other and our common home. Read Laudato Si’ Goals
Laudato Si’ Praised Be: On The Care Of The Common Home is a thoughtful resource for people of any faith. (Original Title: Laudato Sii: Sulla Cura Della Casa Commune) Read online
Care of Earth is just one example of how collaboration is essential to transforming the way we relate with the Earth and her resources. Locally, Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids join other Michigan Catholic Sisters in support of water protection funding. Water is a precious gift from God to all of creation and, as Pope Francis has written, “a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights” (Laudato Si’, 30). We urge our elected leaders in Lansing to do all they can to safeguard and protect our state’s cherished waterways and drinking water.
May you fall in love with the natural beauty of Earth today and every day by learning about ecosystems like the Prairie Habitat at Marywood. With assistance from friends, we make visible our Dominican commitment “that all the Earth is sacred and interconnected.”
The Prairie Habitat at Marywood changes with the seasons. In summer, it is covered with vibrant blossoms galore. In its autumn phase is the flowering of assorted asters, goldenrods, sneezeweed and other later bloomers. It’s a busy time for finches and pollinators. We welcome your assistance in sustaining this native habitat that benefits many native pollinator species, birds and other small mammals.