Sisters of the Earth Community


Our Mission

Co-founders ~ Sr Gail, Fr Thomas, and Sr Bernadette

"The time has come when the single greatest service that women religious can make to the larger destinies of the human, the Christian and the Earth Community is the recovery of our intimacy with all those wonderful participants in the communion of life."

Thomas Berry


Our Mission:

Honoring Earth as a Single Sacred Community

There is no such thing as “human community” without earth, soil, air , water and all living forms. Without these, humans do not exist. There is, therefore no separate human community. Humans are woven into this larger community, which is the Sacred Earth Community. (Thomas Berry)

Co-founded in 1999 with the late Passionist priest and cultural historian Fr. Thomas Berry, we are the first community of Catholic sisters founded within the Eco-Zoic Era.  

Eco-Zoic,  a phrase coined by Thomas means 'House of Life,' and refers to the emerging geological era of Earth where we go forward as mutually enhancing members of this Single Sacred Community.

The first principle of the Eco-zoic era:

Earth is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.


All The World is Sacred by Peter Kearney. Whole song available below:  



                Used with permission /Mary Southard,csj