Laudato si’ leads to clean energy in Monterey diocese

Chancery runs on 100 percent solar energy, while 18 of the diocese's 46 parishes and two of its 12 schools have made the move

St. Michael’s, Boulder Creek, is now a model parish for the Green Diocese, Green Parish project. (image from joinmychurch.com)

One-third of the parishes, offices and facilities of the Diocese of Monterey have gone solar, and the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz now draw on 100 percent carbon and nuclear-free energy largely thanks to efforts of local Catholics.

The diocesan office and the late Bishop Richard Garcia led the way in union with the faithful in the effort. Now the office runs on 100 percent solar energy, while 18 of the 46 parishes and two of the 12 schools have made the move. More are in process.

Adding in the number of facilities that are preparing for the transition, about half of the diocese’s facilities will soon draw power from a renewable source.

Father Murrin of Boulder Creek’s St. Michael’s Parish, touched by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’, noted he was personally motivated by the realization that there is no single group that could make a more positive impact on the environment globally than the Catholic Church — if only for the number of buildings owned by the Church world-wide.

Beyond this Green Diocese, Green Parish solar initiative, Catholics in the Monterey Diocese were searching for more ways they could make a difference. Responding to this desire, the diocese began close collaboration with the Romero Institute — a nonprofit interfaith organization dealing with public policy — and its subsidiary Green Power to explore what could be done.

Simultaneously, three of the counties within the diocese were looking at launching Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs, allowing local communities the freedom to choose the sources of energy they purchase.

The collaboration between the diocese, the late Bishop Richard Garcia, the Romero Institute and Green Power proved a powerful force. With the clear and expressed support of their bishop, Catholics in the diocese were mobilized to act as crucial agents in community advocacy in the establishment of the local clean energy power company, Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP).

Full story at California Catholic Conference.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    So what makes the diocese different from the Democrat party? It’s telling that a certain brand of catholic got excited about Laudato si but paid no attention to Summorum Pontificum.

  2. It makes me wanna buy a coal stove.

    • bedwere, don’t invest in a product that is going out of style. Coal mines are closing all over the country because no one wants to buy it. In ten years or less it will be in the history books

  3. William Robert says

    Wonderful! More Catholics should read and follow Laudato Si. God Bless Pope Francis.

  4. Positive action to follow Laudato Si.

  5. In the meantime, attendance at Mass continues to fall but that is OK because we now use solar power.

  6. helen wheels says

    the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Sierra Club

  7. helen wheels says

    Hymie:
    erryvay unnyfay

  8. Your Fellow Catholic says

    I can’t figure out for the life of me why anyone would have a problem with an instiution saving money and the environment at the same time. And it gives authentic witness to the unfaithful to boot.

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