The Canticle of Creation Center (CoCC) is a new pilot endeavor of the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque initiated in 2017 as one way to share our Franciscan legacy of striving to live in right relationship with all creation.

OUR VISION: 

Canticle of Creation Center: An Earth Sanctuary of Solitude and Study

OUR MISSION:

Honoring our Franciscan heritage that All is Gift and in a spirit of gratitude, we are committed to live in right relationship with all creation, by:

  • Cherishing and caring for the land entrusted to us
  • Inspiring a deepening awareness and appreciation of the natural beauty of Earth, our Common Home
  • Strengthening awareness of the interconnectedness of all life
  • Fostering learning, reflection, respite and healing through individual and shared experiences with creation
  • Collaborating wherever possible, modeling nature’s web of interrelationships

The CoCC is a place for all ages. Some of our offerings will include

  • Workshops, Speakers, Presentations, Lectures
  • Storytelling
  • Day camps for youth
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Prairie walks
  • Mini science lab experiences
  • Practicum for college environmental science students
  • Seasonal rituals/activities to connect people to Earth’s rhythms

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

October 2017
24: Clarke Environmental Studies Class on Campus 2:30 p.m.

December 2017
21: Winter Solstice Ritual

January 2018
13:   Stories of Creation 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

20: Native American Ten Commandments – Part 1; 5-part series led by Duane Short; 9 a.m. to Noon

February 2018
10: Native American Ten Commandments –Part 2; 5-part series led by Duane Short; 9 a.m. to Noon

March 2018
17: Native American Ten Commandments –Part 3; 5-part series led by Duane Short; 9 a.m. to Noon

20: Spring Equinox Ritual

April 2018
21: Native American Ten Commandments –Part 4; 5-part series led by Duane Short; 9 a.m. to Noon

28: Seasons In the Prairie: Part 1: Explore and Contemplate the beauty of the Prairie in Spring with Sister Meg Gemar, OSF

May 2018
19: Native American Ten Commandments – Part 5; 5-part series led by Duane Short; 9 a.m. to Noon

June 2018
21: Summer Solstice

July 2018
14: Seasons In the Prairie: Part 2: Explore & Contemplate the beauty of the Prairie in Summer with Sister Meg Gemar, OSF

September 2018
22: Autumnal Equinox

October 2018
13: Seasons In the Prairie: Part 3: Explore & Contemplate the beauty of the Prairie in autumn with Sister Meg Gemar, OSF

December 2018
21: Winter Solstice

January 2019
12: Seasons In the Prairie: Part 4: Explore & Contemplate the beauty of the Prairie in winter with Sister Meg Gemar, OSF

 

 

For more information about the Canticle of Creation Center, contact Sister Michelle Balek, OSF or Lisa Schmidt by phone at (563) 583-9786 or by email at balekm@osfdbq.org or schmidtl@osfdbq.org.