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

June 1, 2019 – Nature’s Ways: Healing and Spiritual Growth Through Nature Interaction, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The power of nature to heal and grow the human spirit is substantiated through an increasing body of behavioral research.  Philip Chard, a thought leader in the emerging field of eco-psychology, illustrates how interacting with nature helps to overcome debilitating feelings, heal emotional wounds, promote self-understanding, nurture creativity, and further spiritual growth.  Co-Sponsored with Shalom Spirituality Center.  This program will be held at Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis St., Dubuque.  Offering: $35, includes lunch.  Pre-register and pay by May 28 directly to Shalom: (563) 582-3592 or

June 19, 2019 – Summer Solstice Drumming Circle, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Presented by Deb Stevens.  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. Come celebrate the Summer Solstice, the day that the sun reaches its highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight, by joining in our drumming to be in harmony with Earth’s rhythms. 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.

July 23, 2019 Every Day is Earth Day Movie Nite: “Paris to Pittsburgh,” 6:30 p.m.  This documentary brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future – and the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement – the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.  Free will offering.  Free popcorn.