Care for Creation

Our mission is to spread the Catholic teaching of creation care concerning our duty to be good stewards of our common home, to include the just use of our environmental resources and the protection of all life. We raise awareness to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, encourage individual and community resilience and empowerment, and advocate for the adoption of sustainable lifestyles, all with the urgency the times require.

Read Pope Francis’ New Apostolic Exhortation

Upcoming Events

Season of Creation 2024 is coming soon—Sept 1-Oct 4th! Events and programming will be released August 1st.

Happy Summer to the Diocese of San Diego!

Creation Care Ministry wishes all a joyous and safe season of fun in the sun. We hope you are getting out to experience the wonder and awe of the gift of creation. Please do remember to stay hydrated by bringing a reusable bottle with you everywhere and stay protected from too much sunshine by wearing a hat and sunscreen. Finally, don’t forget that we live in a drought-prone region! Be mindful of dry conditions and the significant potential for wildfire in our region.

The slow and easy, “dog days” of summer also offer a good opportunity to think about how you, your parish and/or school might take Laudato Si’ action to protect our Sister, Mother Earth, demonstrating your love of neighbor at global scale by engaging with our “SD Catholic Pathway to Action.” Learn more below…

SD Catholic Creation Care Pathway to Action

1. SEE:  Watch The Letter, a free film produced by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development and the Laudato Si’ Movement to get an overview of today’s environmental crisis and develop understanding of how the poor and vulnerable experience the greatest impact.

Families can watch at home on YouTube here, or parishes/schools/groups can register for a link here.

2. DISCERN: Participate in one of our diocesan introductory workshops to learn about the science that explains today’s environmental degradation, the spiritual nature of these dynamics, and how you can get involved with our Creation Care programs.

We hold two workshops at the Pastoral Center, just before Lent and during the Season of Creation in September, AND/OR we will gladly come to your parish—English and Spanish presentations are available!

3. ACT: Attend a Laudato Si’ Action Planning Hands-On Workshop, at which we will guide you—parishes, schools, families, businesses, and universities—through the Vatican’s online platform for taking action to lessen your impact on our sister, Mother Earth!

Laudato Si’ Goals
Click on the thumbnail to view the Laudato Si’ Goals.

A Prayer for Our Earth, from Laudato Si’

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.


Robert Ehnow, PhD
Phone: (858) 490-8375
rehnowEmail at


Maria de Lourdes Valencia
Associate Director, Culture of Life
Phone: (858) 490-8323
mvalenciaEmail at


Christina Slentz, PhD
Associate Director, Creation Care
Phone: (858) 490-8327
cslentzEmail at


Carolina Diaz-Romero
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8324
cdiaz-romeroEmail at


Rev. Emmet Farrell
Spiritual Advisor, Creation Care
efarrellEmail at

Creation Care Monthly Articles

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

(Pope Francis, A Christian Prayer in Union with Creation, Laudato Si’)