Presentation commemorates 35th Anniversary of Saint Francis being named patron of ecology

A large group gathered on Sunday, April 26, at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Saint Francis of Assisi being named patron saint of ecology.  Pictured during the event (L to R) include Jeff Odendahl—moderator; Rick Dietz—panelist from the Franciscan Life Center; Doctor Jessica O’Reilly, panelists from St. John’s University, Collegeville; Sister Michelle L’Allier—panelist from the Franciscan Life Center; and Doctor Bernie Evans panelists from St. John’s University, Collegeville. The event featured short presentations and group discussions on ecology from the viewpoint of anthropology, Catholic social teachings, the role of Christian faith and the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Ecology 2015

(Left photo taken by Sister Mary Lou; right photo taken by Sister Gloria Haider, Franciscan Life Center, Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota.)


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