Update on the Dorothy Stang Initiative on Laudato Si' Platform

As we head into Earth Day weekend, I'd like to update you with the progress we have reached so far in the Dorothy Stang Initiative on Laudato Si' Platform.

Last November, The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Ohio Province have enthusiastically embraced this call from Pope Francis to begin planning ways to live out his encyclical Laudato Si’ on Care for our Common Home. We have formed our steering committee and have committed to making significant changes to the way we approach our care for creation. Since then the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have reached out to our community, friends, associates, and volunteers to assist us in our long range planning for the Dorothy Stang Initiative for Laudato Si Action.

We are excited that so many participated and wanted to let you know the data collection and processing is now complete. Collectively, along with our sisters, associates, board members, staff and extended Notre Dame de Namur family, we have identified these top three priorities for our strategic planning on caring for the earth:

  • Reduction in usage of plastics and avoidance of single-use plastics
  • Guaranteed access to clean water
  • Reduction in usage of fossil fuels and increase in usage of clean energy.

The established Dorothy Stang Committee, along with a task force assigned to each priority, that will develop goals and objectives. Should you wish to be more involved as this initiative develops, please contact Teresa Phillips at [email protected] along with which priority you would like involvement.

Stay Active! Stay Engaged!

Teresa Phillips
Director of Office of Justice Peace and Care for Creation


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