Via Christi has become the first healthcare system to sign the St. Francis Pledge, a promise to consider environmental stewardship when making decisions.
Jeff Korsmo, Ministry Market Leader, signed the pledge at a recent Go Green Conference held at Via Christi. The pledge is a project of the Catholic Climate Covenant and is a commitment to protect God’s creation and advocate on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change.
The St. Francis Pledge asks individuals and communities to pray, act and advocate regarding their impact on climate. Via Christi will:
- Pray about its duty to care for God’s creation.
- Act to change behaviors to reduce impact on the environment.
- Advocate for Catholic principles and priorities in climate change discussions and decisions, especially as they impact those who are poor and vulnerable.
St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of ecology.
“The Ascension vision statement tells us that we are obligated to care for the earth and minimize our impact in our hospital and the communities where we are located,” says Lois Sechrist, leader of the Ascension Environmental Stewardship program. “This ties in directly with the Ascension Health Mission, Vision and Values.”
Via Christi is a part of Ascension, the largest Catholic healthcare system in the country.
As part of signing the St. Francis Pledge, Via Christi is asking associates to make a pledge of their own, called the Go Green Pledge. This asks individuals to consider three commitments they can make at home and two at work to lessen their personal impact on the environment.