“Our faith calls us to care for creation in both individual and collective ways so that all life may flourish,” Sister Kari Pohl, Congregational Coordinator of Justice and Peace, said to the crowd of Sisters, staff, friends, and partners gathered last month to celebrate the grand opening of new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in our Motherhouse parking lot in Baden.
Made possible by a partnership between our Sisters, Duquesne Light Company, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Driving PA Forward program, installation of the new stations will contribute to building a nationwide infrastructure that will lessen our dependence on energy sources that pollute our environment, disrupt the climate, and endanger the health of the planet – our common home. It also reflects the Congregation’s commitment to care for creation and desire to be a catalyst for positive change in the culture.
“Our whole purpose in life as religious women is to be what God wants us to be and help the world to be what God wants it to be,” said Sister Mary Parks, who drives the Sisters’ first fully electric car and serves on our Leadership Team. “It’s not just about having consciousness about what’s happening (to our environment), it’s about having a conscience. We cannot leave this world the way it’s going for our children.”
To celebrate the occasion, our longtime Telecommunications Specialist and unrivaled dancing queen, Trish Pesut, thought our excitement would be best expressed not in words, but in music, and she sure was right! Take a look for yourself!