The St. Francis of Dubuque initiated the Canticle of Creation Center 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 Lori Apel by phone at (563) 583-9786 or by email at

Calendar of Events

The Dubuque Franciscans’ Canticle of Creation Center is presenting a series of seven virtual programs about spiritual and emotional wellness beginning on Monday, March 22.  The series’ co-sponsors are the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Inc. of Dubuque, and Crescent Community Health Center.  All programs can be accessed by Zoom at (Or visit and enter in meeting ID 861 2111 7686 and passcode  528346.  The events are free and all are welcome.

Monday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., presenter Philip Chard will speak about healing and mindfulness.

Monday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m,. Beth Norcross will present on the essential way of knowing God and hope in nature and the presence of God in the natural world.

Wednesday, May 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., presenters will discuss how spiritual wellness acknowledges our search for deeper meaning in life.

Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods,” will explore how direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for both children and adults’ physical and emotional health.

Tuesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Crescent Community Health Center will feature a panel of presenters on brain health.

Monday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., providers from Crescent Community Health Center and Dubuque Franciscan Sisters.

Monday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., presenter Philip Chard will explore connecting with nature.