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Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr Recognizes 13 Catholic Communities

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On Monday, June 18, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr designated 13 Catholic parishes, schools, and religious congregations in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as “Laudato Si’ Communities” in recognition of their efforts to be outstanding stewards of the environment. The recognition prayer service took place at Good Shepherd Church.

June 18 was the third anniversary of the release of Laudato Si’: On Care of Our Common Home, Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for the world and its resources. To be recognized as a Laudato Si’ Community by the Archdiocese, Catholic institutions must achieve a certain benchmark score on a facility assessment, exhibit environmentally-friendly daily practices, have staff members who have completed personal household assessments, and have hosted a program for its members on Catholic teaching regarding caring for God’s creation. The 13 communities recognized have achieved impressive results in terms of utilizing clean solar power, energy usage reduction, and reduction in solid waste, among other outcomes.

Here are some photos from Monday night’s ceremony:

Tony Stieritz, the director of Catholic Social Action for the Cincinnati Archdiocese, welcomes those in attendance to the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Tony Stieritz, the director of Catholic Social Action for the Cincinnati Archdiocese, welcomes those in attendance to the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Max Fink, 12, Kenya Howard, 10, and Jake Fink, 10, lead the procession for the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Max Fink, 12, Kenya Howard, 10, and Jake Fink, 10, lead the procession for the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr gives the opening prayer for the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr gives the opening prayer for the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, center right, praises the awarded communities during the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, center right, praises the awarded communities during the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr blesses with Holy Water the communities and the parish during the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr blesses with Holy Water the communities and the parish during the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Awarded communities stand with their banners during the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Awarded communities stand with their banners during the first annual Laudato Si’ Community recognitions ceremony at Good Shepherd Church in Cincinnati Monday, June 18, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)

 

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