​​How Are They Living

Laudato Si'

CAtholic Herald News Article

“Pope Francis has given our church and the whole world a valuable impulse through ‘Laudato Si’, and it’s wonderful to have something like the Laudato Si’ Project to help us implement those impulses in a practical and effective way,”   - Sr. M. Joanna 


Education

LAUDATO SI' PROJECT

  • The Schoenstatt Property has allowed Laudato Si' Project to educate multiple groups of school students about ecological restoration and  conservation.
  • Laudato Si' Project presented to the community of Schoenstatt Sister's regarding their property, the ecological highlights, best management practices, and conservation.


  • Schoenstatt Sister's use the property for hiking and reflective walking. The woodland trails are a favorite place for some to pray the daily rosery
  • Retreatants hike the property to reflect and find God in the silence so absent in our daily lives.
  • Neighbors utilize the property for walking and enjoyment


  • School students have installed bluebird nest boxes around the property to increase nesting access for bluebirds. There are plans to continue placement of boxes as necessary
  • Creation of woodland trails for Retreat Center use. This has also included the marking of trails and tree identification signs.
  • Invasive species removal from various woodlands on site. These woodlands contain high quality oaks and hickories.
  • Planting of a 4000 square foot Butterfly Garden
  • Future planting of a 2 acre "oak opening" prairie
  • Multiple Eagle Scout Projects are in the works on the property
  • Continuation of a trail system to highlight various ecological highlights of the property and to allow meditative spaces for both the Sisters and Retreatants



Stewardship

Recreation

Schoenstatt  Partner Page

Restoring Our Natural Connection