Laudato si' Communities

The Archdiocese Catholic Social Action Office and Care for Creation Task Force want to recognize Catholic parishes and schools that live out Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ message of caring for God’s creation.  Qualifying parishes or schools will:

  • Earn the title “Laudato Si’ Parish or “Laudato Si’ School” at an annual recognition event
  • Receive a letter of recognition from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and an eco-friendly banner to display in or outside their building
  • Be featured on the Archdiocesan website, Facebook page, and in other Archdiocesan media outlets and communications

To earn this designation, parishes/schools should:

  • Complete a facilities assessment and meet a target score for environmental stewardship practices
  • Have 10 percent of its member-households complete their own household assessment
  • Host or provide a Care for Creation formation program to parishioners/students

We accept applications from the Feast of St. Francis (Oct. 4) through Earth Day (Apr. 22).  Qualifying communities will be recognized at or around the Feast of St. Francis (Oct. 4).

Congratulations to our 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018 Laudato Si’ Communities.

Check out the coverage of our 2018 recognition prayer service with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr by The Catholic Telegraph and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

2018 Recipients

St. Anthony (Madisonville)
Bellarmine Chapel (Xavier University)
St. Charles Borromeo (Kettering)
Church of the Nativity of the Lord (Pleasant Ridge)
St. Columban (Loveland)
Community of the Good Shepherd
Glenmary Home Missioners
St. Joseph/St. Raphael (Springfield)
Mercy Montessori Center (East Walnut Hills)
St. Monica/St. George (UC Parish Newman Center)
Mount St. Joseph University
Sisters of Charity (Cincinnati)
Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton)

2019 Recipients

St. Albert the Great (Kettering)
St. Clare (Cincinnati)
Comboni Missionaries
Roger Bacon High (Cincinnati)
St. Julie Billiart (Hamilton)

2020 Recipients

Immaculate Heart of Mary (Anderson)
St. John Fisher (Newton)
St. Ursula Academy (East Walnut Hills)
Our Lady of the Visitation (Cincinnati)
St. Xavier High (Cincinnati)

2021 Recipients

Bayley Senior Care (Sisters of Charity-Cincinnati)
Sisters of Divine Providence (Melbourne, KY) 

2022 Recipients

St. Leo the Great Parish (Cincinnati)
St. Peter in Chains Parish and School (Hamilton)

Laudato Si' Communities resources