JUSTeach Newsletter

September 2003

In the Footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi


One of the best-known Saints of the Church whose feast we celebrate in October is Francis of Assisi.  Francis has long been revered as a model of non-violence and love for the poor ... both key principles of Catholic Social Teaching.  But also, Francis has increasingly been upheld as a protector of God's creation, and inspiration for our efforts toward environmental justice, and stewardship of all God has made.  This is especially true since the publication of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' pastoral letter, Renewing the Earth, in the early 1990's. 

To help commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi during October (the actual feast is October 4th), we offer the following prayers and simple activities for classroom use, or as suggestions sent home for their families. In the Footsteps of Francis

May Francis’spirit of love and compassion for all people, the earth, and all living beings permeate your lives and experiences with your students throughout the year! 

In God’s peace,

Mary Jeanne Lindinger-Olsen
Associate for Parish Outreach




email us:  peace@dioceseofjoliet.org