Franciscans Caring for Creation Today


Golden Saxifrage, Killarney National Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry


In 2003 and 2009, our General Chapters held in Assisi (Italy) have been inviting the friars (and all Franciscans) to educate themselves and become involved in environmental issues and crises especially those adversely affecting the poor. To this end, we have produced the following two study documents (click on the titles to read the document):

Franciscans and Environmental Justice 

Following a brief introduction, this document is presented under the following headings: I Franciscan motivation for addressing the crisis: II A New Ethic for a Globalised World: III Environmental Justice: IV Experiences of and Reflections on Environmental Justice using four examples of Franciscans engaged in environmental justice situations: 1. Indonesia : Minining Industry and the Dream of Prosperity; 2. The Enigma of Abundance and the Degradation of the Environment in Africa; 3. A Reflection on Amazonia and Environmental Justice; 4. New Orleans: We have not here a Lasting City followed by a conclusion. 

Caring for Creation in the Daily Life of the Friars Minor

is the second document and is presented under the following headings: introduction; water; energy; garbage/waste; packaging; paper, batteries, toxic products; transport; food; Fairtrade; liturgy and prayer. 


A Blackbird foraging among the trees in the friary garden, Killarney, Co. Kerry


Praised be You

my Lord

with all

Your creatures

- St. Francis