Eco-Justice

Ministries of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill are informed by Gospel values, responsive to the needs of a changing world, and guided by the prudent use of available resources.

As we work to continue the mission of Jesus, we bring the message of peace and love to all people through building right relationships with all creation. The Eco-Justice section of our website is  intended support a deeper understanding and respect of the inter-dependence of the ecosystems that comprise the earth and to promote good stewardship of earthly resources

Water . . . Air . . . Environment . . . These and other “green” issues shape the ministry of Sister Mary Elizabeth Lawrence, Directory of Pastoral Care at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and Eco-Justice coordinator for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill.  She is also Co-Executive Director of Arizona Interfaith Power & Light (AZIPL), an interfaith ministry devoted to deepening the connection between ecology and faith. Sister Mary Elizabeth works to increase awareness about everything from water use to light bulbs to local and international efforts to protect the earth and help people recognize and fulfill their responsibility for the stewardship of our planet.

In a cactus-dotted desert of Arizona or a hemlock-shaded woodland in Pennsylvania, Sister Mary Elizabeth prays and works to guarantee a sustainable future for generations to come. Beyond the study and dissemination of practical information about ecological issues, she also introduces her audience—the sisters, schools, parish groups, and this website audience—to the compelling reasons to see all of the earth and its inhabitants as part of one living and endangered system.  

Fall stewardship topic:
Energy audits—save energy, save resources, save money!

Like charity, good stewardship of earthly resources begins at home.  Sister Mary Elizabeth has conducted energy audits at the Pennsylvania residences  of the Sisters of Charity in Greensburg and Pittsburgh as well as at Caritas Christi and the DePaul Center offices. Sister Mary Elizabeth began each meeting with prayer and explained the environmental impact that can be made individually and communally by implementing energy efficient practices at home and at work.

An evaluative walk through each house or building provided opportunity for Sister Mary Elizabeth to identify energy wasting target spots and make recommendations for improvements. Suggested practices included the use of energy efficient light bulbs, such as CFL and T-8 florescent lighting; use of aerators at each faucet to reduce the flow of water per minute; use of surge protectors with switches to turn power off when appliances are not in use; and use of weather stripping to seal air leaks at doors and windows. Sister also recommends proper disposal of mercury containing light bulbs and battery recycling.

Energy audit at Ennis Hall, Greensburg, PA
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