Susan Smith, a Sister of Our Lady of the Missions, is now retired and spends her time working in the local land-care group, which seeks to provide a better environment for Indigenous flora and fauna through predator and weed control. She enjoys caring for the garden along with Mary, her sister companion; she also does some research and writing, and loves walking and reading. Susan and Mary are particularly interested in learning about how to practice eco-spirituality at both the experiential and theoretical level.

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For Catholic sisters, eco-missionary activity isn't trendy. It's integral to their work.

Commentary: Since the 1970s, sisters have been influenced by bishops' statements, scientific publications and theological works about the environment. Today, sisters worldwide prioritize care for creation as integral to their work.