18 Mar 2024
"Flowing Forward: A Water-Wise Earth Month Calendar" Launches to Promote Conservation Efforts

As Earth Month approaches, the Midwest Franciscan Justice Promoters proudly announce the release of their special calendar for April 2024, titled "Flowing Forward: A Water-Wise Earth Month Calendar." Developed by Catholic sisters from six congregations spanning Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, this calendar seeks to raise awareness about water conservation and sustainability efforts.


The title "Flowing Forward" embodies the essence of progress and movement towards a more water-conscious future. With a central focus on water conservation, the calendar serves as a timely reminder of the importance of safeguarding our planet's most precious resource.


Sister Nancy Miller, OSF, a member of the Midwest Franciscan Justice Promoters shares, “Since the beginning of the 13th century, St. Francis of Assisi acknowledged the value of water, affectionately referring to it as 'sister' in his song 'Canticle of the Creatures.' He eloquently expressed both a close bond with water and a profound reverence for its importance when he wrote: 'Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water, So useful, humble, precious and pure.'"


In line with Pope Francis's teachings in Laudato Si’, the calendar underscores the universal right to safe drinking water, emphasizing its vital role in sustaining life and ensuring the exercise of other human rights. Through this initiative, the Midwest Franciscan Justice Promoters echo the call for a shared commitment to addressing environmental challenges.


With Earth Day expanding from a single day to a month-long observance, the "Flowing Forward" calendar offers daily insights, resources, and tips to inspire individuals to take action in conserving water and protecting our planet. It serves as a valuable tool for promoting environmental consciousness and fostering sustainable practices.


About 71 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, yet this vital resource faces numerous threats exacerbated by climate change. By raising awareness and providing practical solutions, the "Flowing Forward" calendar empowers individuals to play an active role in preserving water resources for future generations.


The calendar will be available on the websites and social media platforms of the participating congregations: Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota; Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse, Wisconsin; Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis, Wisconsin; Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa; Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa; and Sisters of St. Francis, Rochester, Minnesota.


For more information and to access the calendar now, please visit https://clintonfranciscans.com/flowing-forward-a-water-wise-earth-month-calendar

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