A Reflection from our Executive Director, Joe Meyer
It’s hard to believe that just 2 years ago the Catholic Ecology Center officially began. Of course, it was three years prior to that the original visioning of a place called the Catholic Ecology Center began. Not to mention multiple attempts at land deals and constant fundraising and all the while trying to trust that God is in control. Talk about a lessen in faith and humility!
A Conduit to Christ
It’s humbling to watch God use our ministry to strengthen the faith of so many. The success and growth of our mission is testament to the need for God in all aspects of our lives. As St. Augustine said, “Our hearts our restless until they rest in thee!” People are hungry for Christ and desiring to bring their faith to a deeper level. We seek to foster that growth in our retreats, ecology programs, events, workshops and service projects.
We founded our mission on the premise that God’s creation can draw people into relationship with Him. Wisdom 13 tells us “For from the greatness and beauty of created things, their original author, by analogy, is seen.” We don’t stop there though. It’s critical to use this universal call within us to unite us in fellowship with one another and strengthen our desire to care for our common home.
A Beacon of Hope
With so many challenges facing our world, it’s more critical than ever that we are firmly rooted in our faith. Though we journey through difficult times, as our current Lenten journey shows us, we are ultimately an Easter people- a people of hope and joy. One of the most common things people comment when they first come to a retreat, event or program at the CEC is that they feel such a great energy in this place. This is not some new age “energy” they speak of, it’s the Holy Spirit alive and at work!
Where Do We Go From Here?
Our work is just beginning. We are thrilled to announce our plans to expand the CEC’s mission through expanding our physical spaces. God willing and with your support- we will break ground on a building addition this fall that will include a chapel, welcome area, breakout room and viewing deck- all with handicap accessibility! By using sustainable building products, renewable energy and water conservation, it will enable us to educate people first-hand on bringing sustainability into their lives.
Learn more about our plans HERE
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