Living our faith in a pandemic

On March 11, Seattle Archbishop Paul D. Etienne became the first bishop in the United States to suspend the public celebration of the Mass in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — an example that would eventually be followed by the rest of the country’s dioceses.

Students & Stewards

Each spring, hundreds of fifth- and sixth-graders from about 30 Catholic schools attend three- and four-day Environmental Education camps at CYO Camp Hamilton in Monroe. (These photos are from last May.) Rooted in Catholic social teaching and Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’, the program engages students in scientific observation through lessons on subjects like water quality, forests and wildlife. Each lesson begins with a quote from the pope and poses the question, “As Catholics, how are we supposed to respond to this?” said Terri Schell, assistant director of CYO Camps. The program’s mission, she said, is “to guide each student in recognizing and responding to the Catholic Church’s call to be stewards of God’s creation.”

CYO Camp Environmental EducationStudents are asked to consider how their Catholic faith calls them to act in care of creation and others. Photo: Stephen Brashear


CYO Camp Environmental EducationAfter a night hike, students sing songs, hear stories and participate in evening prayer around the campfire. Photo: Stephen Brashear


CYO Camp Environmental EducationCampers plant, weed, harvest, taste and learn about sustainable practices in the garden. Photo: Stephen Brashear

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Northwest Catholic - April 2020