Why Are Monarch Butterflies Important?

What are some of the benefits of planting gardens ?

Laudato Si' Gardens are sacred places that promote in us a love for all of God's creation. The gardens

contribute to enhancing local biodiversity and environmental justice with their special emphasis

on the beauty of native plants, food and the dignity of all people.

Laudato Si' Gardens help people to remember the goodness and peaceful serenity of God's

creation and to recover the original harmony between God, our first parents and all

of creation in the Garden of Eden. They are sacred spaces where all of God's families can gather to pray and to celebrate the outdoors.


Laudato Si' Gardens also serve as a place for encounters with local community

members, including children, the elderly, diverse ethnic groups and the physically 

challenged.  They provide a means to knit the community's social threads together, thus promoting neighborhood cohesion, solidarity and peace.

Healing. Forgiveness. Penance. Remediation of wrongs. 

Enjoyment. teaching our children well.

Loving your neighbor and community.

Learning Science and how to plan and budget.

Can you think of any others ?

So the idea is to plant Laudato Si' Gardens in our communities.

In spaces like this. This one is at Frances Xavier Warde School.

The heart of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  The vision is to bring about some change in this area. 

Have children do a writing exercise to see what they would do with this area.

Have students go around Four Blocks of their school and see what needs to be done.

Have our future generation become inspectors.

Have them critique their elders.

My concept was a butterfly garden with indigenous plants.




The Foundation’s Pollinator Schools Program  ( Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation)

supports the creation of native pollinator habitat at locations in Illinois that provide K-12 environmental

education programming.  Students learn about Illinois’ native plants while the habitat provides a

much-needed food source for a variety of pollinators. Grant support can be applied towards the

purchase of plant materials as well as cover a portion of the costs associated with hiring consultants or

contractors to help with the design, installation and limited summer maintenance of the habitat.

 Depending on the land available, some  of the projects selected for this program may create habitat areas

that are relatively small (i.e. 1,000 square feet), while others may be an acre or more in size.

All will provide students first-hand experience with Illinois’ native habitat in action by creating

a year-round refuge for pollinators.

SAINT FRANCIS BEHIND BARS. { Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois} 


And if you click below on the picture you will find some wonderful stories about butterflies.

My appeal is to ask the children what they think should happen here.

Do this in all our Catholic Schools.

Dedicated to: Sinforiano G. Fajardo and Family.

He served with distinction in the Philippine Air Force and retired honorably with the rank of Major in 1970.