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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Our Mission
To promote Catholic teaching on ecology and the environment, to conserve nature, and to protect life.
Our Vision
A faithful, loving home on Earth for people and all of God’s creatures.
Who We Are The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center is a Catholic land trust and online nature center whose mission it to promote Catholic teaching on ecology, to conserve nature, and to protect life. The Center was founded in 2000, incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2012, and recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization in 2014. What We Do The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center conserves Church-owned land and restores habitat for people and wildlife. We promote Catholic teaching on ecology and the environment. We promote an integral ecology that recognizes the relationship between authentic human development, concern for the poor, and responsibility for the environment. 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. Our areas of interest include ecology, land protection and stewardship, natural resource planning, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, biodiversity, forestry, pollution and climate change, and environmental justice. The Center serves as a faith-based land trust to protect land and water with significant conservation value. We focus on protecting religiously-owned land from secularization and haphazard development, and protecting land and water that serve people who are poor, either materially or spiritually. This includes protecting Catholic pilgrimage, religious, and heritage sites. 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.   We follow the Church’s universal call for concrete programs and initiatives to protect the human and natural environments, as expressed by Saint John Paul II in 1990: "There is a growing awareness that world peace is threatened not only by the arms race, regional conflicts, and continued injustice among peoples and nations, but also by a lack of due respect for nature... Moreover, a new ecological awareness is beginning to emerge which, rather than being downplayed, ought to be encouraged to develop into concrete programs and initiatives."  We work to stimulate the “ecological conversion” called for by John Paul II, which is a personal and social conversion in Jesus Christ that enables us to change the way we think and act so that we can conserve nature and protect life, in wisdom and love. In keeping with Catholic social teaching, we strive to place the needs of people who are poor, vulnerable, distressed, or underprivileged at the forefront. Concern for the poor includes not only material poverty, but also the many forms of cultural, moral, and religious poverty. The Center focuses on three program areas: faith, education, and conservation, as summarized below: Faith We believe that the care of creation is, at its core, a moral and religious issue. Whenever people separate themselves from God, they also separate themselves from each other and from the rest of creation. The Church cautions us to resist the temptation of thinking that we can save the world and ourselves by our own efforts. For us, the real crisis underlying the destruction of human life and the environment is a crisis of faith. 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 belief in God, our Creator and Redeemer. We believe that all people are co-workers with God in the cultivation and care of creation.  Among the community of saints, we especially venerate Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Saint Francis of Assisi. Our beloved patron Saint Kateri is popularly known as the patron saint of people who love nature, work in ecology, and work to preserve the human and natural environments. Saint Kateri is the first Native North American saint. We also venerate Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of people who promote ecology, as declared by Saint John Paul II. Education The Saint Kateri Conservation Center maintains an extensive, searchable on-line collection of quotes, statements, and writings about ecology and the environment, written by popes, bishops, priests, sisters, saints, and laypersons. Our co-founder, Bill Jacobs, began compiling this collection in 1998. Our collection is updated regularly and is available for free on our web site. We provide education and inspiration in faith-based ecology and environmental conservation through a combination of on-line and physical nature centers and programs. Through our education program, we seek to foster a greater awareness and understanding of the Church’s teaching on ecology and the environment, always in a manner that is accurate and faithful. We educate people of all ages around the world through the use of the Internet, which includes our web site and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube (coming soon). We are blessed with an active and growing on-line community of faithful friends. Our plans include the development of on-the-ground nature centers, where people of all ages will experience and learn about nature, ecology, conservation, agriculture, and environmental justice, all in the light of Catholic faith and social teaching. We attend and host workshops, conferences, and training events, focused on sharing accurate information about Catholic faith-based ecology and conservation, and on serving people who are poor, either materially or spiritually. Additionally, we seek to foster an appreciation of the Church’s rich cultural tradition, including in literature, the arts, and music, especially as these relate to our natural environment and the stewardship of creation. Conservation The Saint Kateri Conservation Center serves as a Catholic faith-based land trust to conserve land and water for public benefit, including nature preserves, parks, forests, wetlands, gardens, farms, and religiously-owned land. To this end, the Center may purchase or accept donations of conservation easements and real property with important conservation values, or may assist with the protection and stewardship of such easements and land. Other land protection methods may include planned gifts, deed restrictions, rights of first refusal, limited development, a conservation buyer program, and a registry program. The Center focuses on protecting religiously-owned land from secularization and haphazard development, and on protecting land and water that serve people who are poor or underprivileged. Poverty for us includes material poverty and the many forms of cultural, moral, and religious poverty that are widespread today. We are currently making plans for our initial land protection projects. As a Catholic faith-based organization, we promote “authentic development”, which refers to the comprehensive development of people as whole persons, each worthy of human dignity and respect. Numerous social conditions, including the right to life, healthful environments, well-functioning ecosystems, access to open space, clean air and water, renewable energy, and an appreciation for the order and beauty of nature, impact our ability to reach our full potential. Authentic development encourages a balanced view of human progress, a view that includes the right and the ability to know God.     Through our various programs, we seek to protect endangered, threatened, and rare species and to restore critical habitats, communities, and ecosystems. Soon we will offer a full range of technical services, including ecological inventories, environmental assessments, natural resource planning, geographic information system (GIS) maps and analyses, habitat management, and ecological restoration. We’re just getting started with the land conservation aspects of our work. With your prayers and support, together we can help bring about the “ecological conversion” called for by Saint John Paul II. In 2010, we were voted one of the best Catholic web sites by readers of Our web site earned the Fidelity Green Light Award for Excellence in Catholic Fidelity from (under our original name Catholic Conservation Center).
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