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

Our Offerings:

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

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 or

Calendar of Events

September 23, 2019 – Drumming for Peace – Drum Circle, 6:30 p.m.  Native drums, being made in a circle, represent the earth and life. The beating drum is compared to the beating of a human heart and is said to represent the heartbeat of the earth, and right relationships. September 21st is the International Day of Peace. Celebrate Peace and the Earth’s Rhythms with us in a Drumming Circle for Peace, as part of Dubuque’s Day of Peace Festival. Some drums will be provided, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it along. All ages welcome; children should be accompanied by an adult.  Free Will OfferingPlease register by September 20 so we can prepare the circle ahead of time.