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 19, 2018 –  Drumming for Peace Drum Circle:  Celebrate Peace and the Earth’s Rhythms with us in a Drumming Circle for Peace, as part of Dubuque’s Day of Peace Festival; 6:30 p.m.  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 adultFree will offering.  Register by September 14.

September 22, 2018 –  Autumnal Equinox

September 25, 2018 –  Season of Creation:  From September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis (patron of ecology) Christians around the world unite to pray and care for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation,” and it’s happening from Paris to Pittsburgh, Pretoria to La Paz to Dubuque!  The theme of this year’s celebration is “walking together.” As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are on a pilgrimage to better care of creation. Come join us in prayer and action to protect creation; 6:30 p.m.  Free will offering.  Please register by September 20.

October 13, 2018Seasons In the Prairie: Explore & Contemplate the beauty of the Prairie in Autumn with Sister Meg Gemar, OSF; 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  $15 offering.  Register by October 5.

October 23, 2018 –  Watch the documentary “Green Fire”: This documentary explores legendary conservationist and thinker Aldo Leopold’s career and enduring influence; 6:30 p.m.  Discussion following with Dr. Thomas Davis.  Suggested Offering: $5.  Register by October 18.

November 10, 2018 –  Drum making workshop: Wayne Manthey will expertly lead you through the whole process; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..  The workshop is co-sponsored by Shalom Spirituality Center and the Canticle of Creation Center.  Sessions are at the Canticle of Creation Center with lunch at Shalom Spirituality Center, just up the hill.  Offering: $185 for 13 in. drum or $210 for 14 in. drum.  Register by Tuesday, November 6, through Shalom at (563) 582-3592 or email:

November 13, 2018 –  Watch the documentary “America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie”:  This film tells the story of how the prairie landscape has been altered by humans over the years, and yet how important the prairie is and how it made the Midwest what it is; 6:30 p.m.  Suggested Offering: $5.  Register by November 8.

December 21, 2018 –  Winter Solstice

January 12, 2019Seasons In the Prairie: Explore & Contemplate the beauty of the Prairie in Winter with Sister Meg Gemar, OSF; 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  $15 offering.