Archdiocese honors Glenmary's care for creation

Posted: 6/22/2018

On the third anniversary of Laudato Si’s release, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati designated 13 organizations, including Glenmary Home Missioners, as “Laudato Si Communities.”

Glenmary was one of 13 organizations to earn the commendation from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati at a June 18 prayer service at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cincinnati. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati presided at the service.

The award came in recognition of Glenmary’s efforts to be outstanding stewards of the environment in the spirit of Pope Francis’ encyclical by the same name, “Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home.” All 13 communities recognized received a biodegradable banner to display.

According to The Catholic Telegraph, “to be recognized as a Laudato Si’ Community by the Archdiocese, Catholic institutions must achieve a certain benchmark score on a facility assessment, exhibit environmentally-friendly daily practices, have staff members who have completed personal household assessments, and have hosted a program for its members on Catholic teaching regarding caring for God’s creation.” 

Glenmary’s efforts since the release of the encyclical three years ago include offering continuing education on care for creation, replacing all light bulbs with energy efficient models, updating boilers in the residence and office building, creating a community garden and planting trees. Each of Glenmary's missions, located in rural parts Appalachia and the South, also underwent the assessments.