Diocese’s Action Plan

The San Diego diocese has launched significant projects across its parishes and schools in response to Pope Francis’s urgent challenge to protect the environment and care for creation.

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The diocese, under Bishop Robert McElroy’s leadership, launched a Creation Care Ministry, which is led by Father Emmet Farrell. This ministry works on two fronts: education and action.

The ministry inspires and supports parishes and schools across San Diego and Imperial Counties to form their own Creation Care Teams. These teams develop and implement action plans to protect the environment.

The diocese has made a significant investment in solar projects at 58 of its parishes, two high schools and its Pastoral Center. The diocese installed charging stations in the parking lot of its Pastoral Center. And its staff switched to using sustainable, biodegradable products whenever possible.

The Creation Care Ministry, working in collaboration with Bishop McElroy, developed a Diocesan Climate Action Plan. The plan provides fact-based information about the existential threat climate change poses to all life; gives moral and spiritual reasons to act; and provides practical steps individuals, families and communities can implement.

The Diocesan plan will work in tandem with the Vatican’s Action Platform, to be formally launched in October 2021.


Fr. Emmet (Emilio) Farrell
Phone: (619) 419-8345
efarrellEmail at symbolsdcatholic.org
Robert J Gilleskie, P.E.
Phone: (858) 793-1757
rjgilleskieEmail at symbolsan.rr.com
Jim DeHarpporte
jim.deharpporteEmail at symbolgmail.com
María Lourdes Valencia
Diocesan Liaison
Phone: (858) 490-8323
mvalenciaEmail at symbolsdcatholic.org
Cathedral Deanery
Robert Gilleskie
rgilleskieEmail at symbolsan.rr.com
Escondido Deanery
Arnold Bernardo
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Mission Deanery
Margaret McCahill
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Oceanside Deanery
Patricia Grace
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South Bay Deanery
David Larom
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