As Franciscans, responding to the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” are among our strongest values. For the 3rd annual Legacy Day, ministries of the St. Barbara Province engaged in education, reflection, and action based on the Laudato Si’ Goals – with a focus on the intersection of caring for creation and having a preferential option for the poor. A province-wide celebration of the Franciscan movement alive in our ministries, Legacy Day is an opportunity for ministries across many miles to act as one community in caring for our common home in the spirit of integral ecology.
The day began with ministries gathering together virtually for prayer, reflections, and an educational video on climate change before engaging in different service projects. Each ministry designed and implemented a Laudato Si’ activity based on their unique context to meet the needs of their community. After service projects and lunch, the day concluded with a final virtual gathering where each site shared photos and learnings from their experiences together. From letter writing campaigns and park beautification, to planting fruit trees and creating hygiene kits for those in need, the projects reflect both our diverse Franciscan family and our shared value of caring for all of creation.