Feast of St. Francis, Patron Saint of Ecology

Answering the urgent call to address climate change and care for creation, inspired by the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis.

As we reflect on recent events – wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods – it is difficult to ignore the fragility of creation and the desperate need to take action to mitigate climate change. We are being called upon, as members of the human family, to accept responsibility for the care of creation.

October 4 is The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology. St. Francis believed in the relatedness of all things and that each creature praises God by its very being. All of life then is sacred and should be treated as such.

As a Franciscan community, the Felician Sisters follow the Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis, which states: “With all creation the brothers and sisters should praise God, Ruler of heaven and earth, and give thanks because by the holy will and through the only Son with the Holy Spirit, God created all things spiritual and material, and created us in God’s image and likeness.”

Like his namesake, Pope Francis also calls on us to care for creation. He has joined other religious leaders in releasing A Joint Message for the Protection of Creation, calling upon all Christians and people of all beliefs to “endeavor to listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behaviour and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the earth which God has given us.”

They are calling us to make a commitment – to look beyond short-term gain and instead turn an eye toward the future, toward preserving our world for our children and generations to follow. It is time to ask ourselves what role we will play as we work together to achieve a world in which everyone can flourish.


The Catholic Health Association has produced a reflection video on the Feast of St. Francis and our relationship to all things.

Click here to read the entire A Joint Message for the Protection of Creation.

Near the end of his life, St. Francis highlighted the relationship of all creation with the Creator through his writing of The Canticle of the Creatures. Take a moment to read the Canticle and Join Creation in praising the Creator!

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Serving where needed since 1874

Founded in Poland in 1855, the Felician Sisters are a congregation of women religious inspired by the spiritual ideals of their foundress, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, and Saints Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi and Felix of Cantalice. Arriving in North America in 1874 following Blessed Mary Angela’s directive “to serve where needed,” they helped to weave the social service system. Today, the Felician Sisters founded, sponsor or support through the presence of our sisters, more than 40 ministries – all continuing to evolve to meet the needs of the people they serve.

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