From the Director: “Makes me feel that I’m not alone.”

Dear Friend,

What a gathering! When we started planning this year’s conference with Creighton University, we didn’t know if a virtual gathering would work. For the safety of all, that seemed the best plan. With over 2,700 of you joining in, it was a good decision. While we have a lot of work ahead of us to raise the Catholic voice and action to urgently address climate change, one message is clear from the conference: We are not alone.

A few of the almost 600 comments we received about the highlight of the conference for attendees so far include:

“A greater appreciation of the large number of initiatives and resources currently available. We are not alone!”

“I have a sense of optimism, peace and encouragement.”

“Happy to know many Catholic organizations have been dedicated to environmental issues.”

“Hearing about the amazing and inspiring ways people of faith are being invited to become engaged in education, conversation and action to care for creation.”

“Number of people who are concerned, committed, and ready to act.”

“Being around others involved in this ministry. We get tired being out in the field.”

“Knowledge that a good portion the Catholic world is doing something about ecology.”

“Understanding how I can be a part of making a difference as a Catholic citizen of the world.”

“Feeling the energy of being with other people who understand the climate crisis and are driven to respond within our faith: makes me feel that I'm not alone.”

We hope you will catch the recordings below of any session you missed.

Read on for more ways to stay engaged so that united we can make a difference this Season of Creation and beyond.

In gratitude,


Dan Misleh         
Founding Executive Director         
Catholic Climate Covenant


Catholic Climate Covenant Updates 

Action of the Month:  Sign the Catholic Climate Petition!

Send a message to U.S. leaders: A Catholic appeal to work together to boldly protect our common home and our future. We ask you to join your voice with thousands of individuals signing this climate action petition across the U.S. Catholic community as a faith-filled appeal to President Biden and the U.S. Congress, asking them to wo
rk beyond partisanship and create climate solutions to care for present and future generations and our common home. (This Catholic petition is in solidarity with Catholic institutions that are signing a Catholic climate action letter.)

We will deliver these united messages during Season of Creation, urging Congress and the administration to move the needle of the nation’s moral compass toward the bold and ambitious solutions the nation and world need to address the climate crisis. SIGN TODAY!

More Covenant Updates

Did you miss the #LSUS21 Conference, or a Certain Session?

Thank you for attending the 2021 Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church conference! It was an amazing experience and an outstanding event. We invite you to read the National Catholic Reporter article with reporting from the conference. If you missed any part of the three days, below are the all the links to the recordings of the plenaries and breakout ministry sessions. Please stay plugged in, and stay tuned for occasional updates from the different working groups.

You can watch ALL the conference sessions here: 2021 Laudato Si' and the U.S. Catholic Church Conference Recordings

Be First in Line to Receive the 2021 Feast of St. Francis Program

This year’s 90-minute Feast of St. Francis theme is “Ecological Conversion: Called to Tend to a Flourishing Garden of Life.” The program will focus on how you, your family, parish, school, religious community, and other Catholic organizations can embark on the Laudato Si’ Action Platform’s 7-year sustainability journey. It will include prayers, readings, a short video, discussion questions, and suggested actions/activities.  

Register now to receive the free program in your email inbox around mid-August. The program may be used during the Season of Creation, to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, or at any time that fits your community’s schedule. 


Ongoing Communications efforts

We’d like to follow up with some easy ways to stay connected and continue our work together in communications. We learned at the conference that everyone from parishioners to parish staff and volunteers are communicators or help with communications, and we all need resources. That is one way we can all help each other, by sharing resources and specifically:

  • Facebook Group: Join our new communications Facebook group! There are great conversations happening there already. We also need a co-moderator so if you like to be on Facebook talking to people this might be the right volunteer job for you! Catholic Communicators on Creation Care:
  • Media Campaign: Check out, home of the national Laudato Si’ awareness and engagement campaign for U.S. Catholics to care for creation and participate in the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform. Submit stories from your parish/group/sector/family/school under “News and Stories” – there is a link there to submit stories. And stay tuned for free and editable campaign materials for your widespread usage to engage more Catholics in creation care! (this is also where you will soon be able to order T-shirts, etc… all under “About”.) Follow on: Facebook, Instagram.

Cardinal Cupich: “false idol” of economic growth is obstacle to climate action

“For we have come to adopt a false idol of economic growth as the sole purpose and overarching desire of society....We have fallen into the misconception that material growth is synonymous with human development.”

The cardinal delivered the keynote opening to a virtual conference on Laudato si' and the U.S. Catholic Church. It comes after the Vatican launched the “Laudato si' global Platform,” to provide resources for putting the encyclical's teachings into action.

Read and view the full news story from Rome Reports.

Upcoming Care for Our Common Home Ecumenical Dialogue

On Wednesday, September 1st, from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Eastern join us for an online dialogue in celebration of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Guidebook: Care for Our Common Home hosted and facilitated by FR. WALTER F. KEDJIERSKI, USCCB, Executive Director, Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, with: MANOHAR SINGH GREWAL, SCD, a trustee of Parliament of World’s Religions and founding member of its Climate Action Task Force; GOPAL D. PATEL, Co-Founder and Director of Bhumi Global, a non-pro t organization that works to educate and mobilize Hindu communities globally for environmental action; DR. BHIKKHU DHAMMADIPA SAK, Abbot of US Zen Institute (Maryland, USA) and Wisdom Temple (Billerica, MA), and a scholar of early Mahãyãna and Theravãda Buddhism; and DR. ANTHONY CIRELLI who has been Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops since 2011. Register and obtain link here for the dialogue.

Opportunities for Young Adults:

#EcoSummerChallenge for Young Adults

It’s the last week for young adults to get in on the action of the #EcoSummerChallenge! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to level up on your understanding of the intersections of climate change with other issues and communities—including throwaway culture, environmental racism, climate migration, indigenous communities, and biodiversity—all while building community with fellow young adults in a fun game of ‘climate bingo’! Together we are exploring what our faith teaches about climate change and  how climate change intersects with other social justice issues, all while building a national network for young Catholics caring for our common home. Everyone who gets ‘bingo’ is automatically entered for a chance to win exclusive prizes. This challenge is offered by the Community Engagement Action Team at Catholic Climate Covenant's Youth and Young Adult Mobilization, in collaboration with the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach. Register today to get your bingo board and instructions for playing! 

Event for Young Adults: Practicing Joy

Young adults (18-39) are invited to join the YYA Community Engagement Action Team for “Practicing Joy: An Interactive Exploration of How Celebration Sustains Climate Action” on Thursday, August 5 from 7:30–9 p.m. ET. During the month of July, young adults from across the U.S. have been learning about the intersections of climate change with other issues and communities in the #EcoSummerChallenge. Whether you’ve actively participated or not, we hope you’ll join us for our closing celebration, Practicing Joy. We’ll celebrate our learning together and engage with tools to strengthen our practices of celebration in our day-to-day life as climate advocates. This event will include an interactive exploration of how celebration can sustain our climate action. Climate change and the oppressive systems that cause it can steal our joy from us. Pessimism about the state of the world can easily overwhelm us. How can we be honest about feeling ‘climate grief’ while at the same time using our joy to energize our advocacy? The first 10 young adults to register and attend will win a prize from The Modern Saints. Register here:

More Creation Care News

GCCM is now … Laudato Si’ Movement!

After a synodal process of discernment guided by the Holy Spirit that lasted almost two years, the former Global Catholic Movement announced its new name on July 29th, the feast of St. Martha.

“With more clearly defined values and a clearer mission statement, we will continue to walk as a movement, committed to the care of our common home, enlightened by the encyclical Laudato Si',” said Tomás Insua, Executive Director.

We congratulate Laudato Si’ Movement on its new inspired name! View the special Laudato Si’ Movement announcement.

USCCB Action Alert

As Congress considers legislation about how to best support our nation’s infrastructure and economic recovery, lawmakers must set aside their differences to reach a strong, bipartisan agreement to make the investments necessary to care for the earth and for those on the margins of society. As a follower of Jesus, you can lend your voice to ensure that we build a better future that promotes the common good and protects the environment, the poor, and the vulnerable. Tell Congress to prioritize the environment, the poor and vulnerable in infrastructure package.

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2021

This November 6-8, be a part of the largest annual Catholic, social justice conference in the U.S., where you will hear from powerful speakers including Fr. Bryan Massingale, a racial justice scholar at Fordham University. Learn more and register for IFTJ2021.

Healthy Planet, Healthy People Campaign

The “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” campaign is a petition aimed at Political leaders participating in COP15 and COP26, calling for an joined-up, just and science-based response to the COVID, climate and biodiversity crisis, including global targets for climate and biodiversity action, an end to fossil fuels and damaging agricultural approaches, and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. Find out more about the petition here

Catholic groups ask for vaccine equity

Catholic Cares joined 60 religious groups on Tuesday, June 20th on the National Mall in Washington D.C to issue a moral call for President Biden and other world leaders to help vaccinate the world and end the pandemic. Dr. Donald R. McCrabb, conveyor of Catholic Cares, spoke at the event, urging profits and politics need to be set aside for the good of the people during this global emergency.

“In a global emergency, profits and politics need to be set aside for the good of the people,” said Don McCrabb, convener of Catholic Cares. “The coronavirus is not the Titanic, everyone can live — there are more than enough lifeboats for every person on the planet.”

Catholic Climate Covenant provides all its programs and resources free of charge. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to  inspire and equip people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor. Through our 19 national partners, we guide the U.S. Church's response to climate change by educating, giving public witness, and offering resources. Thank you for giving to care for creation and care for the poor.

Contact Us

Catholic Climate Covenant
415 Michigan Ave NE
Suite 260
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
(202) 756-5545

Unsubscribe or Manage Your Preferences