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

April 23, 2019– Every Day is Earth Day Movie Night: “Love Thy Nature” 6:30 p.m.  What a better way to celebrate Earth Day this year than watching this marvelous documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson.  Love Thy Nature points to how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. The film shows that a renewed connection with nature is key both to our health and the health of our planet.  Free will offering.  Free popcorn.  Walk-ins welcome, though we would appreciate an RSVP by Friday, April 19.

April 27, 2019 – Goats On The Go, 10 a.m.  The morning will start in the Canticle of Creation Center with a presentation on this eco-friendly alternative way of eradicating invasive species. Weather permitting this will be followed by a “Meet ‘n’ Greet” with these friendly creatures just outside the center! Free will offering.

May 7, 2019 – Taking Steps to Reduce Indoor Pollution: Creating a Healthy Home Environment, 6:30 p.m.  Presented by Jade Angelica.  Traditional cleaning products used in our homes can create indoor air pollution that is much more damaging to our bodies than the outdoor pollution – which is what receives the most attention from environmental activists and politicians.  To the surprise of many, cleaning products represent a largely unregulated industry, so the hundreds of untested chemicals we naively bring into our homes contribute to many health challenges.  At last, physicians in the environmental and functional medicine fields are being trained to ask patients what products they are using to clean their homes, acknowledging the impact on health.  Jade Angelica has been a healthy home advocate since 1994, and from her experience and study will share about some of the dangers lurking in our kitchens and bathroom.  She will bring examples of non-toxic products and recipes that will help to reduce indoor pollution, and make our homes healthier.

May 21, 2019 – Every Day is Earth Day Movie Night: “Decoding the Driftless,” 6:30 p.m. This documentary, by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers George Howe and Tim Jacobson, explores the fascinating Driftless region including parts of WI, MN, IA and IL. This adventurous journey will uncover ancient hidden mysteries, endangered Ice-Age throwbacks, and globally rare ecosystems. Come learn about the archeology, paleontology, geology, and biology of the unglaciated Driftless Region we call home!  Free will offering.  Free popcorn.