The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s first Laudato Si’ Communties recognized 13 agencies because they achieved a certain benchmark score on a facility assessment. Points were earned for everyday practices, such as recycling and using less water in their buildings, as well as for such major investments as installing solar panels. In addition, each community was required to have at least 10 percent of its members fill out their own household assessments, as a means to encourage the faithful to consider their own environmental stewardship. Thirdly, Laudato Si’ Communities must have hosted a program for its members on Catholic teaching on caring for God’s creation. Hence, a Laudato Si’ Community is not just about buildings. It’s about being a community of people committed to caring for our common home, the Earth.
Sisters of the Precious Blood create positive momentum for the environment through professional and volunteer positions in the sciences and education, as well as by taking active leadership roles that teach responsibility by example. In their service around Dayton and throughout the country, their ecological ministries include recycling, energy conservation, sustainable farming practices, composting, nature education and environmental prayer services. Last year, the Precious Blood Sisters also installed a geothermal system and solar panels on the Orchard House, Farm House and Administrative Office.
Here are a couple of news stories covering the recent diocesan Laudato Si prayer service so that you may share them through your own social media and networks. (We’ve been told that the more the Enquirer story is shared, the more likely it may end up in print and invite future coverage for such efforts!)
Cincinnati Enquirer, “Catholic communities honored for Care of Our Common Home”
Catholic Telegraph, “Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr recognizes 13 Catholic communities”