In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
… God saw all that he had made, and it was very good (Genesis 1: 1, 31).
Totally dependent on Earth, humans are called to live sustainably so that future generations may enjoy the plenitude of God’s creation. Living sustainably is rooted in CSA’s history and mission. Father Caspar Rehrl, earliest founder of the Congregation, once said “Oh, how I wish that the Sisters of St. Agnes might someday live on this beautiful land watered by springs.” That land eventually became CSA’s St. Joseph Springs Farm and is the current location of our Motherhouse.
For more than 160 years the Sisters tended this land by:
• Caring for the soil through farming and gardening
• Protecting the woodlands
• Preserving the integrity of springs and streams
• Maintaining open prairies to preserve native wildflowers, plants and grasses
• Installing solar panels which generate clean energy
In addition, members have reduced, reused and recycled in order to better steward the resources of Earth. Various spiritual, social, and educational expressions among the members reflect their love and care for Earth and for the most vulnerable.
Caring for creation is an urgent responsibility, Pope Francis wrote in Laudato Si’ (2015). In response, the Sisters of St. Agnes have intensified their commitment to sustainability by adopting a corporate stance to Care for Earth (2016).
Interfaith efforts to Care for Earth:
For more information contact:
Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA
320 County Road K
Fond du Lac, WI 54937-8158
Phone: (920) 907-2315
Fax: (920) 921-8177