Environmental Concerns


  • Learn about the Earth Charter Initiative and endorse the Earth Charter.
  • The impact of climate change falls heaviest on the world’s poor.  As Catholics, our faith demands prudent action.  Visit Catholic Climate Covenant.
  • Act locally.
  • View The Story of Stuffa 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.


  • Promote the environmental vision and principles of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia through its internal and external communications: Community News, website, OSFConnect, Good News.
  • Promote the ongoing environmental activities of Franciscan-sponsored ministries through environmental auditing, consultation, and ongoing education.
  • Identify, create, and maintain sacred spaces throughout the properties owned by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
  • Maintain and enhance areas identified as woodlands, wetlands, and meadows as a wildlife sanctuary. Implement integrated pest-management and other practices that promote ecological balance.
  • Maintain the woodlands, wetlands, and meadow areas as a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Promote and demonstrate healthy living through: organic farming (Red Hill Farm CSA), promoting Red Hill Farm educational activities, encouraging healthy nutrition throughout the congregation based on eco-justice values, maintaining a pesticide free environment, and monitoring and evaluating all purchases for their environmental impact.
  • Delineate and clearly define land use and access for congregational and public use so to enhance community collaboration, preservation of the integrity of the land, and privacy.
  • Prepare for possible transfer of motherhouse property to future generations who will exhibit a Franciscan-world view.