Irma. Harvey. The list of climate disasters grows longer and more intense. On Sunday, October 1st, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Mariandale Center, the Dominican Sisters of Hope will gather in solidarity with Mother Earth and all her inhabitants as we host an Interfaith Vigil for Climate Justice. Join us in solidarity with all who suffer throughout the world from climate disasters.

“With LOVE as our source and an awareness of the ways we have failed our planet and each other, we seek the courage to ask the right questions and the knowledge to create the change that benefits all creation,” writes Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster, OP, a co-organizer of the event.

All are welcome to heal our planet home in mindfulness, presence and intention. Together, we’ll share readings, poetry, prayer, music, singing and silence, along with the option of mindful walking in the following areas: Nature Trail, Labyrinth and Herbs, Healing Hut, Butterfly Field, Bee Yard, Vegetable & Flower Gardens, Route 9 and the Hudson River.

The vigil comes at the close of the Season of Creation, which runs yearly between September 1 and October 4. During this time, 2.2 billion Christians are invited to pray and care for creation. (September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989, and was embraced by the other major Christian European churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.)

As people of faith and of goodwill, we feel that we are called to pay attention to this season and to offer our prayers and action.

For more info on the vigil, call 720-587-9935 or 917-647-5143.