Dear Friend,

There’s a coffee mug I’ve seen online that rates 2020 with 1 (out of 5) stars saying “Not Good, Wouldn’t Recommend.” It has indeed been a tough year. For Catholics, this year also shows exactly what Pope Francis means by integral ecology and integral human developmentThe human health consequences of the pandemic, the hurting from an economic recession, a challenging election season, and a growing threat to the entire human family from climate change all point to a world that is more interconnected than we care to admit, and one that has felt truly chaotic in recent months. 

But Catholics also live in hope. Let’s look forward, not back. Let’s make our voices heard by the new administration and Congress and urge them to work together to pursue the common good, including addressing human health, economic pain, and the preservation of life and this earth for present and future generations. All threats to human life and human dignity will demand our vigilance and continued engagement, including: the abhorrence of abortion, the threat of war, the treatment of immigrants, systemic racism and the ever-looming threat that climate change poses to humanity. We look forward to working with all of you to ensure we stay engaged so that as Catholics we help build a new world.

It’s time.

In Gratitude,

Dan Misleh         
Founding Executive Director         
Catholic Climate Covenant


Action of the Month

Become a Fundraising Champion for Creation on Dec 1st

We need your help to build a more just and sustainable new world together!

This year Catholic Climate Covenant is participating in #iGiveCatholic on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1st) in order to secure funding for the year of hard work ahead of us.

We have a one-day goal of $21K to lay the groundwork on protecting God’s Creation. You can help us reach this goal by becoming a “Fundraising Champion” with iGiveCatholic (for one day only, December 1st.)

The iGiveCatholic platform makes it easy to build your own “Fundraising Champion” donation page. You’ll be able to set a fundraising goal for yourself, promote the effort to friends and family through social media and email, and watch along with us as your page brings more people and donations to the Covenant’s mission.

To get started, visit the Covenant’s donation profile page on iGiveCatholic, and click on the “Fundraise” button. Your support already allowed us to navigate this unprecedented year, and we hope you will help us make this #GivingTuesday our most successful campaign ever, kicking off our 2020 fundraising season with a bang.

Note: After #GivingTuesday on December 1, we will share more details on the rest of our end-of-year fundraising campaign, which will continue through Dec. 31 and is needed to help us keep the (solar) lights on. Thank you for your support!

Catholics Leading the Way

Diocese of Richmond Wins Solar Builder Project of the Year Award

Solar Builder Magazine has awarded the Catholic Diocese of Richmond its Solar “Project of the Year Winner” in the C&I Rooftop category. Congratulations to both the Diocese of Richmond and our Catholic Energies program! Read the feature story in Solar Builder announcing it today.                                                                                  “The 2020 C&I Rooftop Project of the Year demonstrates a way forward for nonprofit, religious organizations nationwide to collaborate and leverage their real estate holdings in scale to find that investor buy-in," stated the magazine in the article announcing the winer.

The Diocese teamed up with Catholic Energies to install solar across a growing number of its 143 parishes and 26 schools via power purchase agreements (PPAs). The first seven projects, ranging in size from 61 kW to 316 kW, were developed simultaneously and funded by a single investor as a portfolio. All of the projects officially came online this summer.


Catholic Energies developer, Mission Energies, Launches New Podcast

As our nation and world prepare for a post-pandemic future together, Mission Energy, the solar development company managing our Catholic Energies program, has launched a podcast that explores renewable energy solutions for our planet and the nonprofits pursuing this change for the better.

The first episode of the "Empowering Good" Podcast features two Catholic leaders, Sr. Geraldine Klein and Fr. Jim O’Shea, who share why and how their religious congregations have chosen to go solar.

Catholic Energies also published its third quarterly newsletter of 2020, highlighting solar projects with the Sisters of the Holy Spirit of Mary Immaulate in San Antonio; the Diocese of Richmond; the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in New Windsor, NY; the Franciscan Sisters of Little Fells, MN; and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Belleville, IL.


Help Catholic Climate Covenant When You Shop on AmazonSmile

As we approach the holidays, this is a great moment to remind you that if you shop on Amazon, you can easily generate donations for Catholic Climate Covenant by shopping at, or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app. The AmazonSmile Foundation recently surpassed $200 million in donations to charities worldwide, and we are grateful to every supporter who shops at, designating Catholic Climate Covenant as the charity.


Hope for Creation Submissions Continue

The Covenant continues its Hope for Creation virtual initiative in these challenging days to uplift each other with prayers, meditations, stories, essays, statements, reflections, art, poems, songs, photos, videos, etc. to celebrate creation, and each other. Share the Hope for Creation initiative with friends, school, or your parish. It continues throughout Laudato Si’ Year, through May 24, 2021.

(Art credit: Submitted by Michelle Daino, NJ. The Advanced Studio Art students at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, NJ have created environmental compositions using manmade and natural materials.)

Faithful Action on Climate Change

Journeying Towards Care For Our Common Home, Five Years after Laudato Si’, English Version

In case you missed it, the Interdicasterial Working Group of the Holy See on Integral Ecology has posted the English version of Journeying Towards Care for Our Common Home Five Years after Laudato Si’. Published in Italian in May, five years after the Encyclical Laudato Si’, the new English-language version is now available. The Interdicasterial Working Group was established in 2015 for the promotion and implementation of integral ecology.

New Interfaith Book Out on Protection of the Environment

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Parliament of the World’s Religions released a new book, "Faith for Earth — A Call for Action", which gives readers a wide-ranging look at the history and diversity of faith teachings and their advocacy for the protection of the environment. The online book and its print edition were launched during the Faith for Nature Global Conference, held October 5-8 in Skálhol, Iceland. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the faith traditions and scientific findings that underpin the understandings and reflections of world religions concerning environmental sustainability.

Take a Good News Coffee Break

These are challenging times, but despite that, there is good news to be shared from around the world. In the face of COVID-19, Catholic Relief Services is working with families in some of the world’s poorest nations to ensure they have access to food, soap and other basic necessities. Together with people across the United States, Catholics are leading the way to support our sisters and brothers who experience poverty, hunger, conflict and displacement and are made even more vulnerable during this pandemic.

CRS’ talented Global Fellows—Catholic priests, and deacons who have witnessed the work of CRS first-hand—are ready to share some good news with you. Tune in on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12 Noon ET  for 15 minutes to hear a short story that will lift your heart.

Click here to register and receive your Zoom invitation for this month’s chat: November 11, 2020.

Georgetown Post-Election Dialogue on Religious Values/Voters - TODAY!

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University presents Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Election: What Happened? Why? What Now? a week after the United States’ election day, Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. This online dialogue will bring together respected reporters and experts on faith and politics to examine how religious values, voters, and communities shaped the debate and affected the outcome of the presidential election. They will also look back at what issues, strategies, and tactics were used by the Trump and Biden campaigns and how effective they were.

This conversation will also look ahead to whether and how the nation can come together after the election and the roles of religious believers and communities in defending human life and dignity, lifting up “the least of these,” protecting our democracy, and pursuing the common good.

Register here.

Help needed for Church’s response to super Typhoon Goni in the Philippines

From Catholic Relief Services, we have an update on the Church’s response to super Typhoon Goni, which slammed into the Philippines on November 1. An estimated 346,000 people have already sought refuge in evacuation centers and about 19.8 million people living within 35 miles may be affected. Catholic Relief Services is on the ground, providing lifesaving assistance. Based on initial information from various sources, emerging unmet needs are food, potable water and shelter materials. To help with donations for families affected by Typhoon Goni in the Philippines, please visit: in English and here in Spanish.

A faithful conversation on environmental racism

The St. Philip Neri Social Justice Ministry in South Carolina recently presented the virtual conversation “Environmental Racism: The Cry of the Poor and the Cry of the Earth” featuring Dr. Catherine Wright, Executive Director, Collaborative for the Common Good and Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Wingate University. She discussed Pope Francis' invitation to love our neighbors more abundantly. Watch the recording here.

“Water is Life”: a Conversation

The Archdiocesan Care for Creation Team of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is hosting “Our Essence and Our Life,” a virtual program about water conservation and efforts to help water quality in both rural and urban areas on Tuesday, November 17th from 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. This gathering is an opportunity to learn about the water situation in our communities and how to work with our watershed districts to preserve the quality of our water … and our life.

Speakers include Patrick Mader, author and speaker working with Canno River Watershed Partnership; and Abby Moore, Training and Community Specialist with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization.

To attend click here. If you plan to attend, please email ( to let the organizer know you will be attending, so that you can be admitted in to the event.

U.S. Bishops to Meet Virtually Nov. 16-17 for Annual Meeting; Assembly to be Livestreamed and Live-Tweeted

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather virtually for the 2020 Fall General Assembly on November 16-17. In August, after consultation with the Holy See, the bishop-members of the USCCB voted to approve the convocation of this year’s November meeting in a virtual format in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The assembly will begin with an address by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The bishops will also hear from Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles as he gives his first address as USCCB president. 

The bishops will also hear a report from the National Review Board which advises the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People on matters of child and youth protection, specifically on policies and practices. The meeting agenda is expected to include dialogue by the bishops on a pastoral response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a pastoral response to racism. They will discuss and vote on the revised strategic priorities of the USCCB’s 2021-2024 Strategic Plan, the renewal of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, and the USCCB’s budget for 2021.

Public sessions of general assembly discussions and votes will be available via livestream at


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