Earth – Sustainability


Sustainability: "Meeting our present needs without jeopardizing the needs of future generations."

The Sisters of Saint Joseph are committed to fostering opportunities to reflect, practice and celebrate the truth that all is sacred. By integrating artistic expression with holistic spirituality, the SSJ Earth Center hopes to model ways of living in harmony with all of creation.


Sisters of Saint Joseph Earth Center

SSJ Earth Center on Facebook

mountain landscape with mountain chalet near Poprad Pond, High Tatras, Slovakia

Laudato Si’

Encyclical on the Environment

Central to Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical, Laudato Si’, is his call for a universal “culture of encounter,” or dialogue.  Dialogue between science and religion, between the market economy and true human fulfillment, between the overdeveloped North and suffering communities in the South, is essential to “caring for our common home.” Let us pray for conversion to such a dialogical spirituality, even as we live it out by buying less and demanding limits to greenhouse gas emissions from our government. A specific action we can take is to sign the “Catholic Climate Petition”, endorsed by Pope Francis, asking leaders who will meet at the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris this December to commit to dramatically reducing carbon emissions and to aiding countries most impacted by climate change. On the web, go to “Global Catholic Climate Movement” and then “Sign the Petition.”

Delaware River Watershed

A Watershed Moment, is a short video clip of the Delaware River Watershed. This is where most of us SSJ and Associates live and work. In order to appreciate our Earth fully, we need to know how We are affecting our bioregion.

In the News...

PennFuture: Coalition lauds Wolf's "Bold leadership" on proposed methane rule. Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark SSJ is featured in this News Release



Laudato Si (Praised Be) Presentation for Children (PDF)

Laudato Si (Paised Be) Presentation for Children on the Catholic Curriculum Exchange website (a Lesson Plan by S. Mary Elizabeth Clark SSJ)

Teaching the Faith with Current Events (Elementary Grades)

Teaching the Faith with Current Events (Middle School and Upper Levels)

21 Things You Didn't Know You Could Recycle

Practical Resources to assist us as we live in right relationship with Earth

Living Lightly: An Ecological Resource (Full version - 25 pages) Prepared by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill

Visitor's Guide for a Sustainable Planet (Saint Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House)

Visitor's Guide for a Sustainable Planet (The Doyle House, Avalon NJ)

An Ecological Examen (Based on the Consciousness Examen, Joseph Carver SJ)



Enough Is Enough (Steady State Economy Conference)

Mindful Eating As Spiritual Discipline

Non-GMO Shopping Guide

Good Food Checklist