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 Values
Our values are rooted in the faith and teaching of the Catholic Church, as follows:  We are dedicated to the long-term conservation and stewardship of the natural and cultural resources in our care. Our commitment to a flourishing ecology for all stems directly from our belief in God the Creator, from our recognition of the effects of original and personal sin on human well-being and the environment, and from our faith in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that respect for life and for the dignity of the human person extends also to the rest of creation, which is called to join humankind in praising God. We believe that the work of creation culminates in the still greater work of redemption, which gives rise to a new creation in which everything will recover its true meaning and fulfillment. We strive to present authentic Catholic teaching, and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic anything contrary to the Magisterium of the Church. We recognize that the conservation of creation and respect for life are integral to our Catholic faith and identity, and that we are more than just activists or advocates for particular causes or policies. We believe that all people are co-workers with God in the cultivation and care of creation. We hold that human dominion over creation is not a form of destructive domination; rather it is the responsible stewardship of God’s creation. We hold that there exists an interdependence and an order among creatures as willed by God. There is also a unity and solidarity among creatures since all have the same Creator, all are loved by Him, and all reflect and are ordered to His glory. Respecting the laws inscribed in creation and the relations which derive from the nature of things is, therefore, a principle of wisdom and a foundation for morality. We are committed to the dual commandments of love of God and love of neighbor. Catholic social teaching is an essential and central element of our work. This includes respect for the human person, the link between human ecology and natural ecology, and the principles of solidarity, subsidiarity, and the common good.1 We take a positive approach to conservation that fosters faith, hope, love, truth, goodness, and beauty. Our work benefits people of all faiths, especially people who are poor, disadvantaged, vulnerable, or marginalized. We favor a cooperative approach to conservation that achieves just, sustainable, and authentic solutions to environmental challenges. These complex challenges are not only technological or economic; they are primarily theological and moral. The technical aspects of our work are based on the best available science and are consistent with Catholic ethical demands. By maintaining an open and respectful attitude toward all, we hope to avoid bias. We are committed to honesty, integrity, responsibility, and accountability within our organization and with others. This is reflected in our conservation work, our financial and organizational management, and our relationships with partners and supporters who make our work possible. We believe that work is fundamental to the dignity of the human person. We strive to give our volunteers and employees the tools and support necessary for their personal and social well-being and to perform at the highest level in their position. We humbly ask for the intercession of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, our patron saint. 1 Please see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church for more information about Catholic social teaching.
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