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 balekm@osfdbq.org or schmidtl@osfdbq.org.

Calendar of Events

December 21, 2017 Winter Solstice Ritual; 10:30 a.m.

January 13, 2018 –   Stories of Creation with Sister Meg Gemar; 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; $10 offering.

January 20, 2018Native American Ten Commandments – Part 1; 5-part series led by Duane Short; 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  $15 offering or $50 for all 5.

February 10, 2018Native American Ten Commandments – Part 2; 5-part series led by Duane Short; 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  $15 offering or $50 for all 5.

March 17, 2018 –  Native American Ten Commandments – Part 3; 5-part series led by Duane Short; 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  $15 offering or $50 for all 5.

March 20, 2018Spring Equinox Ritual

April 21, 2018Native American Ten Commandments – Part 4; 5-part series led by Duane Short; 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  $15 offering or $50 for all 5.

April 28, 2018Seasons In the Prairie – Part 1: Explore and Contemplate the beauty of the Prairie in Spring with Sister Meg Gemar, OSF

May 5, 2018An Introduction to Prairie Restoration, a workshop sponsored with the Sinsinawa Dominicans led by Paul & Carol Soderholm, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  $25.  Prairies and Oak Savannas once covered our entire region. This day-long workshop will delve into why prairie and savannas are so important and explore how you can begin to restore your own landscape into a more diverse, beautiful, and ecologically valuable landscape. The day will begin at the Sinsinawa Mound Center and include an on-site visit in the afternoon to the 80-acre prairie at Mount St. Francis.  Paul and Carol Soderholm live in Mount Morris, Illinois, where they steward 90 acres of restored prairie.

May 19, 2018Native American Ten Commandments – Part 5; 5-part series led by Duane Short; 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  $15 offering or $50 for all 5.

June 21, 2018 –  Summer Solstice

July 21, 2018 –  Seasons In the Prairie – Part 2: Explore & Contemplate the beauty of the Prairie in Summer with Sister Meg Gemar, OSF

September 22, 2018 –  Autumnal Equinox

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

December 21, 2018 –  Winter Solstice

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