Laudato Si’ & the U.S. Catholic Church
Catholic Climate Covenant and Creighton University have teamed up to “weave the green thread into the tapestry of the Catholic Church.” Over 200 ministry professionals gathered from June 27-29 in Omaha to explore ways to integrate Catholic teaching on creation care into liturgy, higher education, adult faith formation, energy management, young adult ministry, religious education, advocacy and creation care teams. Participants left with concrete plans to ensure that more Catholics around the U.S. understand and are inspired to act to save our common home and deepen our spiritual commitment to be co-creators with God. Two more conferences are planned in 2021 and 2023 to further and expand these goals. Read more:
Catholic Energies Makes a Mark
Catholic Energies was in the news around the country for completing its first two projects: a parish in Hampton, VA, and the largest ground-based solar array in the District of Columbia benefitting Catholic Charities. This 2-megawatt system will nearly eliminate electric costs for all 12 of Catholic Charities facilities in DC saving hundreds of thousands of dollars for the agency that can be used to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry and counsel the lost. After these announcements, Catholic Energies was inundated with requests by Catholic building owners around the country. These turnkey services can be applied to any of 70,000 buildings owned by the Catholic community in the U.S.