Living simply is our expression for the Franciscan core value of poverty. Living in poverty means that we continually recognize that absolutely everything is a gift from God and as such we are owners of nothing. Living poverty calls us to be good stewards of our gifts, to be in solidarity with the longings of those who are poor, and to seek justice for the earth and all her creatures. As a core value living simply permeates our lives and ministry as do the other core values of conversion of heart, contemplation, and minority.
As a specific example of our living simply, let us highlight here our commitment to healing the sources of Mother Earth’s wounds. Our community proclamation 2006-2001 states: We reverence and preserve all of God’s creation. We commit ourselves to address the sources of Mother Earth’s wounds.
We, Sisters and Associates, love creation, seeing in creation the very fingerprints of God. We are committed to caring for our Mother Earth and seek to heal the causes of her wounds. On a daily basis we strive to live simply, reduce our consumption of the earth’s resources and reduce our carbon footprint.
Learn more about our history and character of life.
Endeavors that reflect our commitment to Mother Earth.
In June 2009, at our annual community days, we formally endorsed the U.N. Earth Charter, http://www.EarthCharter.org/. We are grateful for being rooted in Central Minnesota where we are near woods, farms, lakes and the great Mississippi River. Praise God for all of the gifts of creation!