Fort Wayne Project Completion Reduces Pollution in St. Joseph River

WBOI News recently reported on the completion of a project in Fort Wayne to decrease the amount of sewage overflow into the St. Joseph River.  Fort Wayne’s sewers would overflow during heavy rains, whouch would carry sewage and pollution into the river, and a 2008 mandate required that Fort Wayne and other cities had to reduce the number of overflows.

The city managed to complete the project four years ahead of schedule and cost less than they expected by increasing utility rates.

Click the following link below for the report by Lisa Ryan at WBOI news: Project Reduces Pollution


Flow the St. Joe

The St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative and Fort Wayne City Utilities are sponsoring the “Flow the St. Joe” canoe/kayak trip on Saturday, October 3rd.

This recreational paddle and self-guided tour of the St. Joseph River runs from Spencerville to Leo-Cedarville, and lasts four to five hours. Registration is $20 per person and includes transportation to launch, lunch at the rest stop, and educational materials. They also have an arrangement with Fort Wayne Outfitters or Earth Adventures if you need to rent a canoe or kayak.

Visit the event link for more information and to register: Site to register.

Celebration of St. Francis’ Feast Day & Free Conference on Recent Encyclical

Celebration of St. Francis’ Feast Day 2015

On Sunday, September 27th, First Presbyterian Church on 300 W. Wayne St. will be hosting a luncheon and a presentation by Dr. Esperanca Camara exploring St. Francis’ love of nature.

The luncheon starts at 12:15 pm, and will be catered by Splendid Fare. Reservations need to be made by today by calling the church office, and tickets are $7.00. Afterwards, Dr. Camara’s presentation, “Reflections on St. Francis, Pope Francis, and Creation: A Message for the 21st Century”, will begin at 1:30 pm. This event is free of charge and open to the community.

The program is in anticipation of the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 3rd at 10:00 in the First Presbyterian Church Courtyard. Members of the church and the community are invited to bring their pets (or photos if the animal is too large to bring) for this event sponsored by the First Pres Earth Care Ministry. Click the link for more information: An Invitation to St Francis’ Feast Day.

Examining Laudato Si

Also on Saturday, October 3rd is a free one-day conference held by the University of Saint Francis to study Pope Francis’ recent encyclical.

“Sharing the Gospel of Creation: Integral Ecology and Catholic Theology in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si” will explore the theological, scientific, and political aspects of this document on the environment, from 12:30 pm to 5 pm in the USF North Campus, 2702 Spring St., Fort Wayne.

The conference will feature four sessions with a break in between for light refreshments and discussion, and a final panel discussion at the end. The speakers for each session are Mr. John Carr, Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University; Dr. J. Matthew Ashely, Chair of the Department of Theology at University of Notre Dame; Dr. Maryanne Cusimano Love, Associate Professor of International Relations at The Catholic University of America; and Dr. Adam Deville, Chair of the Department of Philosogy and Theology at USF.

While free, the event does require advanced registration. For more information, please visit their website, or contact Dr. Lance Richey at 260-399-8112 or