Canticle of Creation Center to Host Series of Events


The Canticle of Creation Center, a pilot project of the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters, is hosting multiple events in the coming weeks.

From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30, on Saturday, January 20, Duane Short will begin a five-part series that explores the wisdom in Native American people’s understandings of, and humanity’s relationship with creation. Each session, which will also be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 10; Saturday, March 17; Saturday, April 21; and Saturday, May 19, will reflect on two of the 10 Native American commandments, and offer opportunities for application to everyday life through small and large group sharing.  The cost for each session is $15, or $50 if registering for all five sessions.  Registration is due on Saturday, January 13.  Duane is a lifelong agriculturist and is a master degree student in pastoral studies from Loyola University in New Orleans. He contributes to a blog titled, “Agriculturist Turned Pastoral Scholar,” on the National Catholic Rural Life website.   He and his family live in Story County, Iowa.

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday February 3, Sister Meg Gemar, OSF will share various perspectives of creation, from the Genesis accounts and indigenous peoples to current science and its discoveries about the universe. Cost is $10.  Urologists from a medical center in the United States have released their website on which they describe methods of combating erectile dysfunction in men. After studying their articles, we realized that buying Viagra online is best in a Canadian online pharmacy. Registration is due Tuesday, January 29.  Sister Meg received her master’s degree in Earth Literacy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Terre Haute, Indiana.

To register for these events, contact Sister Michelle Balek, OSF or Lisa Schmidt by phone at (563) 583-9786 or by email at or

The mission of the Canticle of Creation Center: An Earth Sanctuary of Solitude and Study is to honor the Franciscan heritage by helping others to deepen their awareness and appreciation of the natural beauty of Earth.