Sacred Earth: Our Call to Action


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Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Nerinx Hall High School
530 E Lockwood
Webster Groves, 63119
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. (full schedule below collaborators)

Everyone can care for our planet! We have invited Dr. Biersmith, a trained ambassador of the climate change issue by Catholic Climate Covenant, to educate and inspire us. He speaks to why we are called to care about climate change and how the changing climate impacts the poor of the world. He will enlighten us on what the Catholic Church teaches about climate change and environmental issues. We hope you can join us! The Earth needs you, Pope Francis is asking you, God is with you.

A conference inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ for parishioners, educators, administrators, and high school students to discuss the importance of caring for our Earth and practical solutions to get started today. Break-out sessions will feature local environmental advocates.

Light breakfast & lunch Included
Adult Price:     $25
Student Price: $15

Presented by Ecological Consortium Conference Collaborators:

Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kirkwood, MO                                     Oblate Ecological Initiative, Godfrey, IL

Jamie Hasemeier, Holy Redeemer Parish, Webster Groves, MO                                      Mark Etling, St. Nicholas Parish, O’Fallon, IL

Nerinx Hall High School, Webster Groves, MO


In Cooperation With: 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Byrne Catering will work closely with your school to tailor a lunch program to meet your specific needs and requests. They are committed to serving healthy meals to fuel student’s bodies and minds! They promote healthy, “kid-friendly” meals with a focus on kid friendly entrees and always add healthy fruits and veggies! The menu features delicious, homemade lunches with many of the items made from scratch with an emphasis of wholesome, natural foods. They also boast a Green lunch program with a goal of ZERO waste from school lunch. They are willing to partner with your school to reduce waste and recycle when possible!


For over two decades, St. Louis Composting has been the region’s leading producer of nature’s ultimate renewable resource. We supply hobbyists and professionals alike with top quality compost, topsoil and soil blends and a variety of mulches while simultaneously reducing landfill waste across the metro area.Learn why it’s important to keep food out of the landfill and how you can help your community make that change.



Sacred Earth: Our Call to Action

A conference to highlight the specific call to action Pope Francis outlines in his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home. Inspirational guidance will be provided by Dr. Ed Biersmith, a Climate Ambassador from Catholic Climate Covenant. A panel of religious environmentalists will help you understand how climate change impacts poor communities and will inspire you to begin making positive changes in your community. A panel of high school activists will outline how changes can be made in schools.

What to expect
Registration will open at 9 am and a light breakfast will be provided with generous support from St. Louis Composting. We’ll then move to the theater to learn what Dr. Biersmith has to share about being a Catholic who is called to care for creation. Afterward, we’ll break out into smaller groups to learn and be inspired.
Such exciting conversations will surely find us searching for sustenance, so we’ll head to the cafeteria where lunch will be provided by Byrne Catering, specialists in hot lunch programs based on wholesome ingredients with a focus on ZERO waste. During lunch we will hear from the team at St. Louis Composting about the many benefits composting offers.
After our bodies have been re-energized, we’ll break into another round of small group sessions. Our day will round out by gathering once more in the theater to share and reflect on how you can take that first step into creating change in your community.

Additional information

Conference Tickets

Adult Price $25, Student Price $15