Earth Day: Protecting and Healing God's Creation

Fifteen years ago, Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN was killed for her efforts to protect the land and indiginous people of Brazil. Now on the 50th celebration of Earth Day, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are renewing their commitment to the care of God’s creation with this pledge:

Pledge of Commitment To Protect and Heal God’s Creation

We renew our covenant with God and with one another in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

We commit ourselves to protect God’s creation. We commit ourselves to heal injustice and poverty.

We commit ourselves to stand together against all threats to life. We commit ourselves to discovering new beauty every day in God’s creation: the sunrise and sunset, birds, flowers and trees, rainbows in the sky, the stars, the many forms of life in the forest.

We commit ourselves to listening to the “music of the universe”- water flowing over rocks, the wind, trees bending in the wind, raindrops pattering the roof.

We commit ourselves to remembering always that God speaks to us through the beauty of creation and to reverence all that God has created.

We thank the Ohio Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for the use of this pledge. To learn more about Sr. Dorothy Stang, visit