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Protecting the world for future generations

August 28, 2015
The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael Leadership Team
Sister Maureen McInerney, OP, Prioress General
Councillors Sister Carla Kovack, OP; Sister Susan Allbritton, OP; Sister Abby Newton, OP; Sister Mary Kieffer, OP

On behalf of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, we call the attention of the people of the San Francisco archdiocese to the tremendously thoughtful and powerful encyclical on the environment recently published by Pope Francis at www.laudatosi.com. In “Laudato Si’,” “On Care for Our Common Home,” all are challenged to consider the observable changes to our air, water and biodiversity, and to reflect on the kind of world we want to leave for future generations. Can we appreciate that everything is fundamentally connected, and that a healthy natural world is not meant just for the few? Will we reconsider our thinking and choices, as individuals, as communities, and as countries that affect the environment for better or worse?

The Sisters have been studying and acting on these are issues for some time. In 2006, rooted in our care for creation, and in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the human-earth-global community, we formally endorsed the Earth Charter. We committed to use it as a guide to changes in our lifestyle and congregational decision-making: www.earthcharterinaction.org. For example, we have made significant changes to how we shop and what we eat, to our transportation, our use of water and our housing. We continue to look for ways to share the many blessings we have with those who need so much, as we believe that care for the earth is directly linked to of well-being of everyone on it. We invite others to join us in reading and reflecting on the pope’s encyclical, reviewing the Earth Charter, and considering what you can do to adopt a new way of living, one that reflects responsibility and care for our common home.

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