Catholic climate conference spotlights ‘Laudato Si’ Champions’ of US church

By Brian Roewe
August 1, 2023

A coastal diocese. A major health care system. A Wisconsin congregation of women religious. A 94-year-old priest, a grandmother and an all-boys high school.

All were among those honored as Laudato Si' Champions within the U.S. Catholic Church for their varied and extensive ecological efforts and actions on climate change in response to Pope Francis' landmark encyclical on ecology, “Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home.”

The 13 award winners included the San Diego Diocese; Loyola University Chicago; Providence Health, headquartered in Renton, Washington; and the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, alongside parishes, schools and everyday Catholics.

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