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From the Director: A Glimmer of Hope for Future Generations

Dear Friend,

As many of you surely know, the U.S. Senate has passed the Inflation Reduction Act. It now goes to the House of Representatives as early as this Friday and early indications are that it will pass there, too. This is the moment we've been waiting for. 

Call your U.S. Representative this week to express your support for the Inflation Reduction Act! 

We know this is just the start, but the passage of this bill will be our nation’s most significant commitment to addressing the climate crisis. It provides a glimmer of hope for future generations and begins to heal the scars we’ve inflicted upon our common home. While it took decades to get to this point, and the legislation is not perfect, let us rejoice in this moment and celebrate this historic legislation. 

We at the Covenant are deeply grateful to you and the years of steadfast commitment to our Church, our common home, and future generations. Inspired by the love of our Creator, God’s Creation and our neighbor, your efforts have paid off. 

As we continue to encourage our U.S. Representatives to support this legislation, let us do so in the spirit of fellowship, knowing that the passage and implementation of this legislation and future climate solutions is best done in cooperation.  

We know that we are far from finished. Our shared work at the plow continues to help ensure a thriving future for us and generations to come. This legislation certainly leaves room for improvement, and we must acknowledge the pain of those already hurt by climate change - especially frontline communities.  

Yet we are blessed, as children of God, to embrace our mission to sow seeds of hope and love for all of creation. We do so in the spirit of the Greatest Commandment—to love our sisters and brothers, friends and neighbors near and far. Know that your work and support is key to the future of our common home and to doing God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. 


Jose Aguto
Executive Director
Catholic Climate Covenant


Catholic Climate Covenant Updates


Host a Feast of St. Francis Program 

This year’s Feast of St. Francis theme is “Eco-Spirituality: Behold God in Everything!” The Feast of St. Francis program is a 90-minute educational program designed to assist you, your family, parish, school, diocese, religious community, or other Catholic institution learn about the concept of “eco-spirituality”, one of the seven goals of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. 

The program includes prayers, readings, a short video, music, discussion questions, and suggested activities. It can be used as part of your Season of Creation events or at any time that fits your community’s schedule. The program this year includes an in-person version and an online/individual use version. We are aiming to have it out in the next few days so watch your inbox! 

REGISTER HERE to receive the Feast of St. Francis program as soon as it is available! 

Blessing of the Animals 

Don’t forget that we also have available the very popular Blessing of the Animals liturgy for your use! You may choose to hold the blessing on October 4th and then hold a separate 90-minute Feast of St. Francis program on a day of your choosing, or you can do both on the same day. You will need to speak to your pastor (or deacon/lay leader) about leading the Blessing of the Animals.  

News! More than 250 Catholic institutions tell Congress to support climate legislation  

On August 4, more than 250 U.S. Catholic institutions sent an open letter to each member of Congress in support of climate legislation for our common home, asking leaders to support climate investments both now and in the future to protect natural resources and promote human dignity as the climate crisis unleashes historic heatwaves, flooding, and forest fires across our nation and world. With more institutions still joining, the open letter currently enjoys close to 300 signatures from U.S. Catholic institutions and organizations, including dioceses, parishes, universities, religious orders, and other lay apostolates. The Archdioceses of Dubuque and St. Louis; and the Dioceses of Davenport, Fresno, Lexington, San Diego, San Jose and Yakima have signed the letter thus far. Read the full press release and see who has signed so far

  • In addition, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to Congress in support of the Inflation Reduction Act on August 1st. Read it here. 
  • And the Catholic Health Association also sent a letter to Senators in support of key health and environmental provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, stating in part: “Combatting climate change and protecting our environment have been an essential part of our work as Catholic health care. We are called to care for the earth and one another, especially those who are disproportionately burdened by environmental harm. We support the historic investments to address climate change and promote clean energy.” 

New climate bill ‘a huge win’ for Catholics who care for Creation  

National Catholic Reporter included comments from Jose Aguto, our Executive Director, in its roundup of faith-based groups’ responses to the climate measures in the Inflation Reduction Act. "We're delighted and heartened by this surprise movement," Jose said, calling the bill "a huge win" that represents the significant congressional action on climate that environmental groups have sought for years.  

Along with our Catholic partners, Catholic Climate Covenant helped to lead impactful grassroots campaigns, including “Catholic Call-in Days” with Laudato Si' Movement in the U.S. devoted to letting Congress know how our faith inspires our care for the Earth and Encounter for Our Common Home, a national advocacy effort that brought together Catholics across the country to urge U.S. Senators to enact authentic solutions to the climate crisis.

A big thank you to all of you who participated in these faith-inspired appeals!   

Our director of youth mobilization’s advice on reaching young Catholics  

National Catholic Reporter caught up with Anna Robertson, our former director of youth and young adult mobilization. After a year and a half working with Catholic youth and young adults interested in climate change, ecological justice and spirituality, Anna shared how to serve and accompany young Catholics. One key insight: “Pay attention to where young people are and go there.” If you missed it, read Anna’s farewell message and how the Young Adult work will continue.  

We’re Hiring! 

The Covenant is looking for a Program Manager: Young Adult Mobilization - a dynamic individual ready to join our team and continue Anna Robertson’s excellent work to mobilize young adults for climate action. If you or someone you know is interested, encourage them to apply here

What do Catholics want? Their Church to do more to protect God’s Planet 

In a report submitted to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as part of the Vatican’s vision for the Synod on Synodality, Catholic Climate Covenant heard a resounding cry for more institutional Church action on the environment. Catholic Climate Covenant hosted or was involved in six conversations with people from more than 25 U.S. states. As the Covenant wrote in the report, “Most (environmental) efforts are led and implemented by dedicated lay Catholic leaders and volunteers in parishes, schools, and religious orders. People who are witnessing care for creation and Laudato Si’ efforts being implemented feel joy through those accomplishments. We heard more often, expressions of sorrow and disappointment in the lack of dedicated or consistent support from bishops, priests and other Church leaders to live out the call to care for creation.” Read the report. 

Join us for the Green Team Summit on the intersection of spirituality and climate  

Catholic Climate Covenant is delighted to be an official partner of Faith in Place’s 2022 Green Team Summit. With the theme “Rooted Together,” this year’s Summit -- taking place September 11-14 -- will be a hybrid event, fully accessible virtually with local watch parties hosted in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. The full Summit will include 6 sessions exploring the intersection of spirituality, the environment, and justice.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, chief climate scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a distinguished professor and chair at Texas Tech University. She can often be found talking to people about why climate change matters and what we can do to fix it!  Check out the Summit Agenda and register for free today!  

Become a Laudato Si Animator!  

Are you interested in what is happening to our Common Home? Or what our faith says about it? Or in eco-spirituality and making a commitment to action with other Catholics? If your answer is yes to any of these, become a Laudato Si Animator!  When you train to become a Laudato Si’ Animator, you’ll be joining a global movement of tens of thousands of people committed to prayer and action for our common home. This leadership development training will equip you with the skills you need to lead your community in urgent climate action. Starting on August 24, there will be a 1.5 hour webinar with expert speakers for four weeks. And in the fifth and sixth week, Animators devote time to completing an action, whether regarding ecological prayer, sustainability, or advocacy, to become a certified Laudato Si Animator. If you would like to take part in this free online training, register here! Any questions, please reach out to: 

More Creation Care News

Pope Francis’ prayer for the Season of Creation  

For the first time, Pope Francis has published in advance his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which marks the beginning of the Season of Creation. The Holy Father asked that “we return to pray in the great cathedral of creation, enjoying the “grand cosmic choir of innumerable creatures singing praises to God.” Pope Francis also asked, “in the name of God” that large extractive corporations “stop destroying forests, wetlands and mountains, stop polluting rivers and seas, stop poisoning people and food.” 

Pope Francis also called the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) an “opportunity to work together for an effective implementation of the Paris Agreement” and arranged for the Vatican City State to adhere to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.   

Vatican calls for end to new exploration and production of fossil fuels  

At a Vatican press conference, held on July 21, Cardinal Michael Czerny, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, issued an urgent wake up call to the world. “The planet already is 1.2 degrees hotter, yet new fossil fuel projects every day accelerate our race towards the precipice. Enough is enough,” Czerny said. “All new exploration and production of coal, oil, and gas must immediately end, and existing production of fossil fuels must be urgently phased out.” Read more. 

Laudato Si Action Platform names a new director  

At the same (very newsy!) press conference, Cardinal Czerny announced that the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is strengthening the Laudato Si’ Action Platform by naming John Mundell as its director. An environmental engineer from Indianapolis, Mundell has been instrumental in developing Laudato Si’ Plans for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Focolare Movement. (Stay tuned for our upcoming interview with John.)  

In Canada, Pope praises Indigenous peoples’ connection with the Earth  

Pope Francis concluded his weeklong "penitential pilgrimage" through Canada in the town of Iqaluit, one of the most remote spots he has visited, using the Arctic location to spotlight environmental concerns, according to National Catholic Reporter. In addition to apologizing for the church's treatment of Indigenous peoples, he underscored one of the central themes of his papacy: care for the environment. "There is a beautiful relationship between you and this land you inhabit," he said.  

Brazilian Catholic leader calls for end to violence against Indigenous peoples  

On the other side of the equator, Brazilian church leaders said they hoped Pope Francis' message in Canada about "walking together" with Indigenous people will be heard throughout Brazilian society. Marcelo Zelic, a member of the São Paulo commission, said he hoped it could inspire Brazilians "to get involved in our country to stop violence against Indigenous peoples,” according to National Catholic Reporter.  

Pope to elevate first cardinal from the Amazon  

Speaking of Brazil, at a Vatican consistory in August, Pope Francis will elevate the first cardinal to come from the Amazon region. Archbishop Leonardo Steiner of the Brazilian city of Manaus told The Associated Press that he attributes his selection in part on the Pope’s priority to care for the Amazon "as our common home" and to be a church that "knows how to contribute to the autonomy of Indigenous people." 

Catholic farmers find spiritual connection doing the dirty work  

The magazine US Catholic has published a fascinating article on Catholic farmers who “do the dirty work of sustainable living.” The story includes the Franciscan Friars Conventual of Our Lady of the Angels Province, who were inspired by the writings of Pope Francis to reclaim and rehabilitate their land. Now, all their harvested food—grown without pesticides or chemicals—is donated to the Franciscan Center of Baltimore, which provides meals for unhoused populations and others who are experiencing hunger.  

Catholic Relief Services co-sponsors new anti-poverty program – event on Aug 11! 

Catholic Relief Services and JustFaith Ministries have partnered in the development of a new JFM Catholic program that addresses global poverty. Faith and Poverty: A Global Response, explores God’s call to stand in solidarity with those whose lives are affected by severe poverty across the globe. To learn more about Faith and Poverty: A Global Response, please join JustFaith Ministries and CRS for an informational meeting on August 11th, at 3:30 PM ET. Registration for the meeting is available at

Worship Guide for Climate Vigil Songs out now

The worship guide for the Climate Vigil Songs album is out now! In partnership with Climate Vigil, we are offering (free) resources to support worship, teaching, Bible studies, and dialogue related to climate change. 

The Worship Guide includes: 

  • Song links, lyrics, and artist reflections 
  • Song-specific devotions by Christian authors 
  • Access to the sheet music for each song 
  • Critical information about climate change and why it matters to Catholics 
  • Opportunities to participate in Climate Vigil events in your community 

You can sign up to receive the Worship Guide directly at Enjoy the music while you’re there! 

Sisters Act!  

The Sisters of Mercy are publishing a seven-part series highlighting how their community and its associates are addressing the seven goals of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ Action Platform. The activities range from an elementary school in Ohio that blends Montessori learning with ecology (they call it a Farmessori) to installing solar panels and a biogas chamber in Jamaica to holding spiritual retreats on the dangers of extractivism, aka, the unearthing of oil, gas, and minerals from our wounded planet with little regard for people or the Earth. Read the series here: 

Planning an event? Add it to the God’s Planet calendar! Here are some upcoming events:  

The Saint Kateri Conservation Center is hosting a retreat September 23-25 at the Pyramid Life Center, a registered Saint Kateri Habitat and program of the Diocese of Albany, New York. The retreat will include talks on Catholic ecology and Saint Kateri, hikes, boat rides on the lake and a special evening of prayer with the Reliquary of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. The cost of this retreat is $175 and includes meals and lodging. Limited financial assistance is available for students, seniors, and others. Email for more information or register here: 

Join the Franciscan Sisters on September 13 at 6:30 p.m., at Tau Center in Kirkwood, Missouri or via Zoom for the Franciscans For Earth Eco-Series speaker presentation “A Harvest of Awe & Wonder.” Register at  Choose the appropriate link to register for “in-person” or via Zoom. 

News from parishes and dioceses…   

St. Martin of Tours Academy, a Catholic elementary school in La Mesa, California, was one of 27 schools nationwide to be named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. St. Martin serves 220 students in kindergarten through eighth grade from across San Diego County. The school emphasizes global awareness, concern for social justice, responsiveness to needs within the community and respect for all of God’s creation. Congrats to the administrators, educators and students on this great achievement!  

The Creation Care team in Atlanta reports that a waste audit protocol developed by a retired US EPA official is being piloted at local parishes and signups for the 2022 - 2023 Cohort of the Atlanta Laudato Si Initiative are underway. Parishes that sign up will be offered energy, water and waste audits, and develop 3-year sustainability improvement plans. Also in Atlanta, an Advocacy component for Georgia’s Laudato Si Initiative has been established in conjunction with Catholic Climate Covenant’s Encounter for our Common Home by Dr. David Keys who teaches at the University of Georgia. 

The Boston Catholic Climate Movement has been busy, contacting their Senators as part of the Encounter campaign, convening synod listening sessions, and planning a “green your parish” conference for September and an August 24 workshop titled, “Three Cries, One Heart: Listening to the Cries of the Earth, the Cries of the Poor, and the Cries and Hungers of our own Hearts.” Contact for more information.   

The Care for Creation Network in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, sponsored five webinars this spring about caring for creation and promoted the series throughout the dioceses and beyond. See here to watch recordings of the webinars. 

In the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, Cardinal Tobin has approved a draft of the archdiocese’s Laudato Si Action Plan, and will write a letter of introduction, which the Creation Care team hopes to finalize and share during the Season of Creation. Cardinal Tobin also approved the Archdiocese registering for the Laudato Si Action Plan. 

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.

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