Care of Creation

Mission Statement

The St. Mary’s Basilica Care of Creation Team seeks to inspire all parishioners on restoring and preserving God’s creation as encouraged by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’, and to plan and take steps in order to fulfill this goal.


209515In our individual response to the new appeal from Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) which he addressed to “every person living on this planet” for a inclusive dialog about how we are the future of our planet, how the Church and the world are called to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in freely embarking on a new path of protecting Mother Earth by including changes in our daily lives. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.

Learn more about the encyclical Laudato Si’ that has inspired our team to take this initiative and will hopefully inspire you to join us as well:

Text in English:   LAUDATO SI’
A Reader Guide:  NCR Readers Guide

Upcoming Meeting

Date:  To Be Announced
Time:  1 PM
Location:  Parish Office – Conference Room

Upcoming Activities

To Be Announced

Previous Activities

The team meets on a regular basis to brainstorm planned events such as visiting the Arizona Audubon Center, the South Mountain Environmental Education Center and the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden, and to suggest other environmentally conscious initiatives for our parish community such as recycling and planting native plants.

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Members of Care of Creation Team with some St. Mary’s parishioners work together at the Rio Salado Audubon Center in their Burrowing Owl shelter project.


A ranger from the South Mountain Environmental Education Center is giving a presentation on the petroglyphs that are abound in the South Mountain area.







Visiting Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden

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Earth Day Celebration:  April 23rd
We just completed our Earth Day Celebration on April 23 and it was a great success!
Thank you to everyone involved. Listed below our the highlights from that event:

  • Planting of a pollinator garden by the ramp area to create a wildlife corridor.
  • Creation of Earth Day collages now on display in the basement encouraging action by all.
  • Writing letters to their congressman about current environment challenges and their calls for change.
  • Learning how to create a bee feeder and bird feeders using recycled materials

Liberty Wildlife, a local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization, brought three bird ambassadors including a Peregrine Falcon, Harris Hawk and Great Horned Owl and spoke to children, parishioners, and locals about how we can make our yards and lifestyles more wildlife friendly, and how to get involved.

Finally, parishioners and faith formation classes participated in a 10 minute Care of Creation video presentation where we discussed simple solutions to the big Climate Change challenges and how if we all do a little, we can make a big difference.

Read The Catholic Sun’s article on Laudato Si highlighting St. Mary’s Basilica Care of Creation Ministry:

‘Laudato Si’’ two years later: Parishes throughout diocese continue to answer pope’s call to environmental stewardship

1397659886862We also encourage you to take the St. Francis Pledge, which commits you to respond to the moral call for action on climate change. By pledging, you commit to praying, acting, and advocating to solve climate change. How you fulfill those commitments is up to you.

For More Information

Director of Faith Development
Br. Scott Slattum, OFM
Phone:  602-354-2082

If you feel strongly about caring for our Earth, please consider joining our team or participating in our activities.