Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center
The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 46-1437406) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
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The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center is a Catholic faith-based conservation organization that promotes Catholic teaching on ecology and the environment, conserves nature, and protects life. Our work is based on the faith and teaching of the Catholic Church, and is conducted in the light of sacred Scripture and Tradition. Our commitment to a flourishing ecology for all stems directly from our faith in God, our Creator and Redeemer. We believe that all people are co-workers with God in the stewardship and care of creation. We promote an “integral ecology” that recognizes the relationship between authentic human development, concern for the poor, and responsibility for the environment. Such a relationship is built upon our relationships with God and with each other. Concern for the poor includes not only material poverty, but also the many forms of cultural, moral, and religious poverty. We proclaim our faith in God and our fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church. We strive to deepen and share our faith, and to make known the good news of redemption for humankind and the renewal of all of creation. For us, the care of creation is, at its core, a moral and religious issue. When people separate themselves from God, they also separate themselves from each other and from all of creation. The real crisis underlying the destruction of our environment is a crisis of faith. While secular conservation efforts have made important contributions toward restoring the Earth, such efforts alone are not sufficient. The Church cautions us to resist the temptation of thinking that we can save the world and ourselves by our own efforts. To counter this temptation, the Saint Kateri Center combines a secular approach and a religious approach, the approach of faith. Rather than bringing only a secular message of ecology to Catholics and others, we also strive to bring a religious language, religious motivation, and religious faith to the sphere of ecology. We bring our faith and the Church’s social teaching on ecology to the public square, and thus we also hope to draw ecologists, environmentalists, and everyone who loves nature to the Church. We see this as a form of evangelization that is a vital part of our work. Among the community of saints, we especially venerate Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Kateri is popularly known as the patroness of people who love nature, work in ecology, and work to protect the human and natural environments. Saint Kateri is the first Native North American saint. We also  venerate Saint Francis of Assisi, who was declared by Saint John Paul II to be the patron saint of people who promote ecology. Together, these two saints offer a powerful and unifying message of love of God and love of neighbor, which extends to all of creation. Read about our education program ->
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