Catholic groups get grant to better care for creation

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Three Catholic groups in the Archdiocese of Louisville have been named Victory Noll Sisters Small Grant Winners by Catholic Climate Covenant, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit whose mission is to help Catholics in the United States respond to the call of the church to care for creation and care for the poor.

About 100 Catholic groups across the country have received grants that will be used for various ecological projects inspired by “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home”, Pope Francis’ encyclical published in 2015, according to a press release. of the non-profit association.

The local grant recipients are:

  • The Conventual Franciscan Friars, who are on-campus pastors at Bellarmine University, are the recipients of $700. Franciscan Father John Pozhathuparambil said the funds will be used for a plant distribution and environmental awareness program at the Bellarmine campus the first week of October to coincide with the celebration of St. Francis’ transitus, the end of of his earthly life and his transition to eternal life.

Students will receive a free plant for their dorm as well as information about protecting the planet from students in the university’s environmental studies department.

“I hope they will learn more about Laudato Si’ and I want them to be more concerned about taking care of creation,” Fr. Pozhathuparambil said in a recent interview. “It will also be an opportunity for them to think outside of their program and learn something to take care of the future generation.”

  • The Passionist Center for Earth and Spirit, 1914 Newburg Road, received $1,000. The center will use the funds to support its Camp Odyssey garden, which offers “the opportunity for young people to immerse themselves in the care and maintenance of an organic garden and learn how to turn the harvest into healthy and delicious meals”, said a statement. of the center,” according to the statement.
  • The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are the recipients of $1,000. The sisters will use the funds to purchase materials to eradicate “invasive alien plants” growing in natural areas on the Motherhouse campus in Nazareth, Kentucky, according to the statement.

The Compact Small Grants Program was announced last year, so this is the first batch of winners, according to the release. Half of the funding for the program came from Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, also known as Victory Noll Sisters.

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