In this edition of “Behind the Editor’s Curtain” with Don Corrigan, the spotlight is on involvement by the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in local environmental issues and their thoughts about the recent visit by Pope Francis to the U.S.
Sister Renita Brummer talks with Corrigan about facing the challenges of transitioning to a sustainable lifestyle, which means asking questions like, how to conserve water, reducing plastics usage, and knowing where the food on our dinner table comes from.
The Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help tries to share their knowledge about the environment with others, according to Brummer. They offer events like film festivals and public activities at their sustainable farm located south of St. Louis in DeSoto.
Speaking about what she took away from the Pope’s U.S. visit and her time in Washington D.C., Brummer said it was encouraging to see many different types of people come together.
“To me, it’s a great hope in the goodness of people and the dignity of each person because I saw such a range of thousands of people of various backgrounds, economic levels, ages,” Brummer said. “All (were) there because of a person who can speak the positive message of hope and mercy.”
Pictured above, while in Washington D.C. during Pope Francis’s recent U.S. visit, is Sister Renita Brummer and Sister Norma Pimentel, who was recognized by Pope Francis for her work ministering to immigrants along the U.S. – Mexico border.
Click below to hear the conversation between Sister Brummer and Don Corrigan.
The Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located in Kirkwood.