The Catholic Parks Network creates, promotes, and preserves spaces that inspire serene harmony between humans, the built environment, nature, and God.
“The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face.”
– Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, par. 233
In Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI asked: “Are not the oases of creation that sprang up, say, around the Benedictine monasteries in the West foreshadowings of this reconciliation of creation brought about by the children of God?” The Catholic Parks Network will create oases of creation of diverse nature and sizes throughout the world: mountains, valleys, rivers, estuaries, forests, wetlands, community green spaces, and more. It will preserve God’s creation; it will provide opportunities for people to encounter God through the beauty of creation; and we believe that this major global initiative can play a significant role in humanity’s reconciliation with creation. As Pope Francis writes in Laudato Si’: “Saint Bonaventure held that, through universal reconciliation with every creature, Saint Francis in some way returned to the state of original innocence.”
The Catholic Parks Network will focus in particular on protecting areas of great biodiversity richness that are under threat, though the scope of the parks will be broad and will include urban as well as rural and wilderness parks. Closing sentence / bible quote (garden)?
We all have an essential role to play in caring for God’s creation. The Catholic Parks Network – a global network of oases of creation for which our planet is longing – will give all people new opportunities to echo the praises that Saint Francis sang and that inspired our Holy Father’s vision for the world.
Catholic Parks Network Global Launch September 1, 2020