JPIC News – Farm Focus

The farm has been firing on all cylinders lately! In the past month we have planted fall or winter crops in 25 beds, with still more to come over the next few weeks. These new beds include carrots, arugula, Brussels sprouts, onions, leeks, and lettuce, among others.

JPIC ~ The Franciscan Center

Established in May 2019 & sponsored by our friars serving in ministry in Shamokin, Coal Township and Trevorton, Pennsylvania, The Franciscan Center works to help create a sustainable and promising future for the coal region, by networking and collaborating with faith based groups, community organizations, business owners, government agencies, and institutions of higher learning.

JPIC News – Farm Focus

One year ago this month that we planted the first plants on Little Portion Farm. At that point the farm consisted merely of two beds of tomatoes in an otherwise empty field. Now, we have 67 beds planted, two wildflower sections, and a woodchip path which outlines the shape of the farm and welcomes visitors to take a reflective walk.


Franciscan Action Newtwork (FAN) and the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities have planned a 3-part webinar series on Laudato Si’ for college age students and young adults. 
The first part will be next Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. ET via Zoom. 

RISE UP TO PROTECT OUR FUTURE: A Guide to Living out Laudato Si’
Presenters:  Daniel P. Horan, OFM, and Meghan Clark, PhD
Moderator:  Stephen Schneck, PhD., Executive Director of Franciscan Action Network
Date/Time:  Tuesday, June 30 @ 7:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CT / 4:00 PM PT
RSVP to attend here:

 If you have any questions, please contact Janine Walsh of FAN at 203.685.1856 or at:

NOTE: Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Michael Lasky, OFM Conv. serves as our Province Chairman of Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC). He is also the President of the Board of FAN.

Franciscan Voice

This new website represents a joint-endeavor of friars from across the CFF, seeks to update and unify our online branding, and reimagines how we proclaim the Gospel as Conventual Franciscans in the digital town square.

JPIC Farm Focus

Fifty years ago we celebrated the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Perhaps not coincidentally, this period of increased awareness of the finitude of Earth’s resources was around the same time astronauts were leaving our atmosphere and giving us the opportunity to see our home from afar, such as in the famous “Earthrise” photograph. At the sight of the blue planet rising above the horizon, Jim Lovell, one of the astronauts on that Apollo 8 mission, said “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth.” While most people will never have the chance to see our common home from this perspective, I hope you are able to catch a glimpse of that wonder today by contemplating life in all its uniqueness.