Celebrating Mother Earth

Celebrating Mother Earth

Earth Day 2024 was celebrated officially on April 22. Here are a couple of events held on April 20 and an important initiative announced on April 23 in recognition of the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability.

At Mount St. Francis Center for Spirituality in southern Indiana, the Franciscan Earth Care Initiative held an Earth Care Fair on April 20.


Little Portion Farm in Ellicott City, Maryland, celebrated the Feast of Blessed Giles on April 20. More than 150 people enjoyed a farm-fresh meal, live music, farm tours, plants sales, and a farm blessing by Friar Jacob Carazo. Proceeds from this event support the Farm’s mission to care for the earth and those living with food insecurity.

On April 23, the Diocese of Lexington, under the leadership of Conventual Franciscan Bishop John Stowe, announced that it has committed to reach net-zero emissions across its 59 parishes as well as schools and other institutions in the next six years. The announcement was featured in Earthbeat, ‘Lexington Diocese, in heart of coal country commits to net-zero emissions.’

We're grateful to say we’re going to do this and reduce our carbon consumption, our carbon footprint, and bring ourselves to net zero in a pretty short amount of time, because we only have a pretty short amount of time to make an impact in a lasting way on this world.