SYLVANIA--Each year on Oct. 4, the Sylvania Franciscan Village, comprised of the Sisters of St. Francis, Lourdes University and Sylvania Franciscan Health, celebrates the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment.
Known as Sylvania Franciscan Village Day, this year’s celebration includes a zero waste lunch, Mass in Queen of Peace Chapel and an award-winning documentary on climate change.
The zero waste lunch supports the Village’s Care for Creation proclamation, which calls for members of the community to live in a way that does not negatively impact God’s creation. With that call to action in mind, the goal of the luncheon is to create as little waste as possible, from the preparation of the food to the end of the lunch.
The menu includes sweet potato chips, fresh fruit and a dual main course of either BBQ chicken or grilled vegetable sandwiches. To cut down on waste, packaging will be minimized and reusable dinnerware will be used. Additionally, leftover food, napkins and utensils will be collected and composted by a company based out of Detroit.
The Sylvania Franciscan Village Day also features showings of the film "Sun Come Up," an Academy Award-nominated documentary about the Carteret Islands of Papua New Guinea and its residents, who as a result of climate change, are losing the land they call home. The film follows the relocation of island residents, who are now some of the world’s first environmental refugees. "Sun Come Up" is winner of the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival, Best of the Festival at the Montana International Film Festival and Best Cultural/Human Interest Film at the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival. To view the trailer, visit www.suncomeup.com.