Planting 270 trees as part of ReLeaf

Planting 270 trees as part of ReLeaf

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The Benedictine Sisters have joined the effort to plant one tree for every Erie County resident—275,000. On May 4, sisters, oblates, and volunteers planted 100 trees along Glinodo’s expanse of Sevenmile Creek in order to slow erosion. On May 21 they planted 170 trees on the hill at Glinodo, across East Lake Road from the monastery. “The trees on the hill will be a tree nursery; when the trees are big enough—but not too big—they’ll be transplanted to their permanent homes,” explained Sister Annette Marshall, Care of the Earth Committee.

The massive tree-planting effort, called ReLeaf, is an initiative of the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF). Vern Peterson, LEAF executive director, Rosa Fatica-Showers, program director, and Jamie Keim, creative director, guided the Benedictine effort. “ReLeaf and its many partners, including the Erie County Conservation District, Neighborhood Art House and Keystone 10 Million Trees to name a few, hope to plant 275,000 trees within the next 5-10 years. About 3,500 trees have been planted since fall 2020. The 271 trees planted with the Benedictine sisters help us move one step closer to our goal! Thank you to all of the sisters and volunteers who planted with us!” said Rosa. Sister Pat Lupo is part of ReLeaf education. “It was great to expand the riparian buffer along Sevenmile Creek as part of the ReLeaf project,” she said.

The Benedictine commitment to our earth is coordinated by the Care for the Earth committee (see below): (seated, L to R) Sisters Judith Trambley, Annette Marshall, Jacqueline Sanchez-Small, (standing, L to R) Sisters Kathy McCarthy, Pat Lupo, and Cindy Hoover. They will help the community be faithful to its goal to strengthen, deepen and expand our living of the Benedictine tradition as we engage with renewed urgency to reverse climate change and foster care for the earth and all creatures, through behavior change and through our individual and corporate actions.

Care for the Earth committee: (seated, L to R) Sisters Judith Trambley, Annette Marshall, Jacqueline Sanchez-Small, (standing, L to R) Sisters Kathy McCarthy, Pat Lupo, and Cindy Hoover.
Care for the Earth committee: (seated, L to R) Sisters Judith Trambley, Annette Marshall, Jacqueline Sanchez-Small, (standing, L to R) Sisters Kathy McCarthy, Pat Lupo, and Cindy Hoover.