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

February 27, 2019“The Thin Places,” Reading with Author Kevin Koch, 6:30 p.m.  Kevin Koch’s new book The Thin Places, connects places in Ireland with places in the American Midwest’s Driftless Area along themes of Celtic spirituality. It explores a spirituality of nature that draws from the Catholic Christian tradition, pre-Christian and Christian Celtic culture, Native American traditions, and contemporary post-Christian thought. Come hear the author read selections and join the conversation.  Copies of the book will be available for sale for $20.    

March 5, 2019Wildlife and Animal Ethics, 6:30 p.m.  Does hunting help animals? Should we be saving the panda bears? Why is there so much roadkill seen? Animal ethics is a conversation that isn’t had frequently enough, and often leads to heart felt views on ways we should care for the creatures in God’s creation. Join Eve Dietrich, M. Ed, as she leads discussions based on wildlife and animal ethics. Eve has a wildlife biology degree and 6 years of hands on experience working with wildlife all over the nation. She is currently an AmeriCorps member providing environmental education lessons and encouraging sustainability practices within K-12 schools in the Dubuque area.

March 9, 2019Alternatives to Pesticide Use, 10 a.m. Presented by Audrey Tran Lam of the Good Neighbor Iowa Program.  This program aims to reduce unnecessary urban pesticide use and to transform lawn-culture to encourage appreciation of diverse lawns as a way to protect child health, water quality, pets, and pollinators and biodiversity.  Suggested Offering: $10.  Register by Thursday, March 7.

March 12, 2019 – Every Day is Earth Day Movie Night: “Racing Extinction.” This film is from Dubuque’s own Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos of “The Cove.”  A team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Two worlds drive extinction across the globe: international trade of wildlife and oil/gas companies.  Free will offering. Walk-ins welcome, though we would appreciate an RSVP by Friday, March 8.