St. Basil Academy students and teacher tree planting volunteers
Earth Day 2013 was marked by the Sisters 0f the Order of Saint Basil the Great, Fox Chase Manor, PA, as a day-long activity of tree planting.
The Sisters, students and staff members of Manor College and St. Basil Academy, members of the Basilian Associate Program, Motherhouse chaplain and staff members gathered Monday, April 22, in Macrina Park, a wooded one acre plot between St. Basil’s Faculty House and Manor College’s Basilead Library, to plant trees under the direction of Susan Harris of the Montgomery County Conservation District. Representatives from the Cheltenham Environmental Advisory Council (David Shultz), Abington Environmental Advisory Council (Jenn Sherwood), and Tookany/Tacony - Frankford Watershed Partnership (Alix Howard & Molly Finch) were also there.
Thanks to a Growing Greener Grant awarded to the Sisters under the Environmental
Stewardship and Watershed Protection Project, a variety of 85 young, individually-
protected trees was planted to enable their root systems to minimize soil erosion
in that area.
Spurred on by personal and communal concerns for God’s Planet Earth, the volunteers braved cool, gusty winds to complete a significant step in a two-phase project of Woodland Restoration and Wetland Enhancement.
One of the 85 trees put in place
House Superior Sister Maria Rozmarynowycz, OSBM planting a tree
With the Growing Greener Grant, obtained with the assistance of the Montgomery County Conservation District, the Sisters of the Order St. Basil the Great hope to utilize
Best Management Practices for stormwater and erosion improvements of their property
with long term benefits to the local environment as well.
During their 2010 Provincial Chapter, Sr. Dorothy Ann Busowski, Provincial Superior,
her Council and all the Sisters of the Province pledged as one of their
goals to recognize the sacredness of God's creation. A committee has
been established to ensure the implementation of this goal, for as
Pope Francis stated in his inaugural homily, "Everything has been entrusted
to our protection and all of us are responsible for it."
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