Integral Ecology


The Integral Ecology Committee of the Diocese of St Augustine has been charged with developing a plan for protecting and improving our natural environment. This follows the lead of the Holy Father Pope Francis and his concern for all creation outlined in the papal encyclical Laudato Sí. The committee has been working for approximately one year to establish the basis for the plan.  You can read the foundational document prepared by the committee (Coresponsible Attitudes for Resources and the Environment) which states the case for concern and the structure of the plan.  We have focused on three areas: formation, reduction of consumption and waste, and advocacy. In each area the committee will have goals and suggested actions for individuals, small groups and families, and entire parishes and organizations.  Although the plan is not completed, everyone can begin the work of protecting and improving the natural environment in order to show reverence for all life.  The members of the committee hope you find our work valuable, and will participate in all three areas.  The first step is to take the survey (links below) that will help us understand our current situation.

Committee Members

Lee Ann Clement, Ph.D., director of Academic Integrity and professor Biology and Marine Science at Jacksonville University
Mike Day, director, Office of Family Life
Jack Daniels, D.Th., teaching and learning librarian of the Proctor Library at Flagler College and adjunct professor of religion
Jimmy Orth, St. Johns Riverkeeper and MSRI at Jacksonville University
Lisa Rineman, St. Johns Riverkeeper and MSRI at Jacksonville University
Chris Williams, department chair of Biological Sciences at St. Joseph Academy, St. Augustine

Laudato Si

On Care for Our Common Home

Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.


Other Resources
USCCB Resource Page
Earth Day Op-Ed by Bishop Felipe Estévez, S.T.D.
Earth Day Reflection by Lee Ann Clement, Ph.D.
Laudato Si Week (May 16-24)

Bishop Barron on Laudato Si

Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Ministries, provides his insights to Pope Francis’ monumental encyclical on the care of our common home.


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