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Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Earth Partners 2015-2016

Vision: To raise awareness and change behavior, individually and collectively, for the life of the planet.

Goals (to be approved September 2015):
  1. Take action to implement Acts of Chapter commitments regarding Earth.
  2. Engage the Province and the larger community in simplifying lifestyles (personal and collective)regarding water, food, consumption, waste & climate change.
  3. Use and advocate for sustainable/regenerative practices on CSJ Randolph Campus. (land and building utilization)
  4. Celebrate Earth’s beauty in ritual, events, community gatherings and prayer.
  5. Maintain existing and develop new collaborations with internal and external groups and organizations.

Communion within the Earth Community

We were invited by our last Chapter to enter into a conversion process, moving beyond what we have thought was sacred to seeing the whole Earth community as a sacrament of divine presence (Johnson). In presenting these materials, the Ad Hoc group hopes to engage the mind, heart, and will of each of us in this conversion process. This is our chapter call.

Attention to the needs of the dear neighbor is not new to us. We have been hearing this call of the dear neighbor for hundreds of years. Now, however, we are realizing, ever more deeply that our neighbors are the whole Earth community--exquisitely beautiful, abundantly generous, frightfully wounded, and desperate for the human to reconnect with the web of life before it is too late. We acknowledge that there is a great deal that we are doing, even as we are being invited into a new way of being, knowing that we are always called to MORE.

Please download the guides below and use for group prayer or personal reflection.

Lenten Earth Practice (March 2015)  English | Spanish

Food: What We Eat Connects Us (April 2015)  English | Spanish | Japanese

The Same Water Flows Through All of Us (July 2015)  English | Spanish

Resources We Recommend


Common Sense for Common Good, by Karen Olson Johnson, Consociate
Amber Skye Publishing, Mpls, MN, 2010. Available through the author at ItascaBooks.com; and online at ebooksforpleasure.com. “Every once in a while a book is written which has the potential to change our world. This is that book.” Sustainability and inspiration.

Earth Prayers from around the World, edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon
HarperSanFrancisco, 1991. Especially note the Native American and Celtic prayers.

The Heart of Matter, “The Mass on the World,” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
A Harvest Book, Harcourt, Inc., 1976, 1978.

The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, by Thomas Berry
Bell Tower, New York, 1999.

Worldviews and Ecology: Religion, Philosophy, and the Environment, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, 1994.

Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology, by Sarah McFarland Taylor
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2007.

Women, Earth, and Creator Spirit, by Elizabeth A. Johnson 
1993 Madaleva Lecture in Spirituality, Paulist Press, New York, 1993.

Tending the Earth, Mending the Spirit: The Healing Gifts of Gardening, by Connie Goldman and Richard Mahler
Hazelden, Center City, MN, 2000.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver
Harper Collins

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan
Penguin Press

The Dream of the Earth, by Thomas Berry
Sierra Club with University of CA Press, 1988.

From the Primordial Flaming Forth to the Ecozoic Era, by Thomas Berry with Brian Swimme
Harper, San Francisco, 1992.

The Universe Story, by Thomas Berry with Brian Swimme 
Harper, San Francisco, 1994.

The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth, ed. Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim 
Orbis Books, 2009.

Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappe´

Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad, by Frances Moore Lappe´

Celtic Spirituality 
Great Respect and Love for Creation

The Book of Creation: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality, by J. Philip Newell
Paulist Press, New York, 1999.

Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, by J. Philip Newell
Paulist Press, New York, 1997.

Eternal Echoes, by John O’Donohue 
Harper Collins, New York, 1999. 


Catholic Rural Life (National Catholic Rural Life Conference)



Minnesota Environmental Partnership, www.mepartnership.org
Union of Concerned Scientists, www.ucsusa.org
Fresh Energy, www.fresh-energy.org
National Catholic Rural Life, www.ncrlc.com//page.aspx?ID=88
Women’s Environmental Institute, www.w-e-i.org
Alliance for Sustainability, 612-331-1099, www.afors.org
Dream of Wild Health, www.dreamofwildhealth.org
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, www.hobt.org
Religion and Ecology, www.religionandecology.org

Annual CSJ Earth Day

Celebrated on the last Saturday in April, with work on the land, ritual and food.
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1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
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