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

Canticle of Creation Center: Hope + Harvest Agriculture Series

Part 1: Sustainable: A Documentary. Wednesday, Nov 3, 6:30-8 PM, Canticle of Creation Center, 3390 Windsor Ave., parking in back of building (look for signs).

This film dives deep into a vital investigation of America’s food system’s economic and environmental instability, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it, and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward-thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens, and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.

Part 2: Sustainable + Organic + Soap-phisticated Farming. Wednesday, Nov 10, 6:30-8 PM with Tranel Family Farms, via Zoom.

Part 3: Sister Stories: Sowers of the Word. Wednesday, Nov 17, 6:30-7:30 PM, via Zoom:

Part 4: Hope + Harvest Gathering. Saturday, Nov 20, 3-5:30 PM, Convivium Urban Farmstead, 2811 Jackson St., Dubuque. Complimentary refreshments, live music, and door prizes.

Part 5: Panel Discussion, Wednesday, Dec 1, 6:30-7:30 PM, via Zoom. Details to follow.

Part 6: Presentation with Dean Dickel, Inspector of Organic Farming. Wednesday, Dec 8, 6:30-7:30 PM, via Zoom.

Events are free of charge. No registration necessary. All are welcome!