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

December 19, 2018 –  Drum circle: 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. Join us at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the Winter Solstice, the day with the least daylight and longest night of the year by joining our drumming 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.  Although walk-ins are welcome, please RSVP by December 17th so we can prepare the circle ahead of time.

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.

January 15, 2019Everyday is Earth Day Movie Night: “Happening: Clean Energy Revolution,” 6:30 p.m. Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the U.S.  This film explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival in the clean energy era.  Krissy Juarez, Social Justice Promoter for the Dubuque Franciscans and BVM Sisters, will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion after.  Free will offering.  Walk-ins welcome but RSVPs are appreciated by Friday, January 11.

February 19, 2019Everyday is Earth Day Movie Night: “Before the Road,” 6:30 p.m.  Presented by National Geographic, this film features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. Come learn the dramatic changes now occurring and actions we can take.  Free will offering. Walk-ins welcome but RSVPs are appreciated by Friday, February 15.