Passionist Earth & Spirit Center

Lent 4.5–Christian Simplicity is a program of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center, a JPIC organization sponsored by the Passionist Congregation of Holy Cross Province. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize religious institutions and people of faith to undertake an active role in building a sustainable, just and spiritually enriched human society.

Our Vision

Inspired by the work of Fr. Thomas Berry, CP, our vision is to cultivate a place and promote an ethic of life which acknowledges the Earth and all of its inhabitants to be a single sacred community.

Our Heritage

While rooted in the Christian faith and the Passionist charism, our programs and resources are available to all. 











Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

Our Ministry

Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.

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