Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall

Care for Creation

Following in the Holy See’s Encyclical Letter (Laudato Si 2015) and walking intentionally on a Christ-centered journey to healing and reconciliation, the Archdiocese promotes and encourages listening to Indigenous voices, to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth as we educate ourselves, raise awareness and make changes accordingly: “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue. It is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” Laudato Si’ #217


Those involved in this ministry provide:

  • Assistance to Parish Communities and groups: Formation, awareness, events, prayerful contents, retreats, collaboration with other parishes, participation to Laudato Si Groups: (Water/Indigenous/Education /other)
  • Assistance to Youth Groups: In school Presence, Resources, Heroes for the Earth, Leadership Development


For more info and how you can get involved:


Resources and Faith-based Initiatives on Care for Creation:

John Dorner
Care for Creation Award

2023 Winner: Valeria Clavijo

Valeria Clavijo is the 2023 winner of the John Dorner Care for Creation Award. She has shown great leadership at her school and youth group and played an important role in starting up the Heroes for the Earth group at the Conseil scolaire catholique de l'Est ontarien. Mrs Anna Dorner, widow of John, is pictured giving Valeria her trophy.

Genesis: The Palette of Creation

Welcome to the Archdiocese

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