Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate Earth Day!
We are so grateful to everyone who bundled up to share in this special day. Our hope is always to build and deepen relationships with our dear neighbors and together, to become better stewards of our environment and the shared future it allows us to have.
The Ecology, Spirituality and Justice and Peace ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph are thankful to the organizations that share our desire to serve the broader community and helped make our Baden Earth Day celebration a success:
For bringing so much joy to the dozens of children who took home a new-to-them bicycle! Connect with CommuniCycle.
For helping our dear neighbors learn about ways to protect our water, soil and air and stay involved locally around important issues like monitoring the Shell cracker plant! Connect with the organizations to stay active: Beaver County Marcellus Awareness, Eyes on Shell, Food & Water Watch, Clean Air Council, Moms Clean Air Force and Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services.
For giving away 50 blueberry plants and teaching us how to care for creation through environmental advocacy! Connect with PA Interfaith Power & Light.
For sharing a beautiful variety of gently-used clothes for adults and children! Connect with House of Prayer Lutheran Church.
For creating a rockin’ fun environment with wonderful music! Connect with Bobby and Rich.
For sharing lovable Loki, who is looking for his forever home, with our Earth Day guests! Connect with the Beaver County Humane Society.
For teaching all of us about the different types of mushrooms in our area! Connect with the PA Mushroom Club.
For giving lots of hugs, kisses, and snuggles to everyone who stopped to visit! Connect with Pets with Heart, an outreach of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
For inviting us into deeper union with nature through observation, curiosity, and journaling! Connect with PA Master Naturalists.
For offering us the chance to buy “made-in-Baden” honey and all-natural lip balm, lotion and soap produced, packaged, and sourced locally with help from our Sisters. Connect with Down to Earth Gifts.
For teaching us about the trials and tribulations of bird migration. Connect with Sister Caryn.
Our Ecological Commitment
As Sisters of St. Joseph, we move always toward deepening our call to “be attuned to how all of creation lives and moves and has its being in God.” We believe in a “sacramental universe” of wondrous diversity, a gift of God that requires our care and respect. We believe that God entrusts these resources to us so that we may nurture and sustain them for our dear neighbors now and into the future.
In 2016, Pope Francis published Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home, in which he asked all of us to work together to care for our brothers and sisters and to care for the Earth, the home we share. Read our commitment statement to the principles of Laudato Si and how we’re working to care for our environment through prayer, advocacy, and everyday actions.
Join Us in Living More Sustainably to Protect Our Common Home
Find inspiration, ideas, action steps, and educational resources compiled by our Sustainability Committee to learn how to preserve our land, air, and life in all its (human and non-human) diversity. View Sustainability resources.
Explore eco-friendly options, connect with Earth Day participants & more!
Grow with Us!
If you are interested in tending a garden bed this season, please reach out to Toni Dunlap at email@example.com or (724) 869-6525 by May 5th.
Monthly Hikes to Explore Our Local Trails (Young Adults, Ages 21-40)
Enjoy nature and good company during these moderate intensity, 4-hour hikes along parts of the North Country Trail in Beaver and Lawrence Counties this spring and summer led by Sister Lyn Szymkiewicz and Sister Colleen Crossen. May 20, June 10, July 22, August 19. Free! Learn more or RSVP.
Nature Journaling is a way to relax, enjoy nature, and record your experiences. No experience is needed – just a desire to spend time outdoors and a curiosity about the natural world. Saturday, May 27, 10am – noon. All ages are welcome! $10 suggested donation. Learn more or RSVP.
Volunteer Work Days
Make new friends and enjoy time in nature as you help us tend areas of our grounds like the labyrinth, nature trail, and gardens. Stay for lunch! Saturdays, 9:30-2:30pm on May 13, June 17, July 15, August 12, September 9, October 7, and November 11. Learn more or RSVP.