"The sisters are to be concerned about conservation of the environment and to manage natural resources prudently."
- OCSO Statutes, 27A
Our commitment to care for creation is rooted in our Cistercian heritage. Like our forefathers and mothers who were known for taming the wildernesses of Europe through their agricultural endeavors, we feel responsible for the good stewardship of the land that is our inheritance, as well as for the whole of creation which is humanity's inheritance.
We have committed ourselves to three types of renewable energy on our property: a wind turbine, which supplies power for our monastery; a geothermal energy system for heating and cooling our candy production facility; and a solar field which benefits the nearby town of Franklin, MA.
We are eager to decrease our carbon footprint and so plan over the next few years to meet all our energy and heating needs by installing more solar panels on our roofs and connecting all the abbey buildings to the geothermal system. Currently we are in the process of replacing household appliances with updated energy-saving models, including propane dryers.
We are also involved in a forestry program which aims to promote the health of the woods on our property by selective harvesting of trees. Part of our land is leased for organic farming.
"As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning... Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life."
- Pope Francis, Encyclical Laudato Si