Endorsements

  • “Thank you so much for developing Lent 4.5 as a spiritual program of stewardship and care of God’s creation.” – Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, D.D., Archbishop of Louisville 
  • "We are deeply grateful for the work tht you do in service to this sacred cosmos that embraces us all. You are in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers." - Wendy, Don San Damione Friary, San Antonio, TX
  • Thank you for the wonderful Lent 4.5 materials! Several of us took a "field trip" on a beautiful spring day to Garrard County to purchase local/regional food from Marksbury Farm that some used in their Easter meals. Thanks again for your work in making our Lenten experience deeper, more meaningful, "green" and sustainable!" - Kim, First Christian Church, Frankfort, KY
  • "The Christian Simplicity program really opened my eyes to new perspectives on life and living as a steward of God's creation. So many habits developed over the years have often blinded me to the reality of the "bigger picture'." - Jeff, St Louis de Montfort, Fishers, IN
  • "Thank you for a wonderful program. Saint Stephen Cathedral participants enjoyed it and still talk about the changes we are doing in our lives." - Dirck, St. Stephen Cathedral, Owensboro, KY
  • "Thanks for your great Lent 4.5 program. I shared with our SSJ Community, uded in bulletin announcements, I have shared the program with others, and they are definately interested in doing it." - Sr. Bethany, Sisters of St. Joseph, Hammond, NY
  • "Please know how important this information is to me and my parish community. Thanks so much. Parish members have thanked me for sharing this website with them. Christ's blessings to you and your staff. What a great job you have done!" - Linda, St. Patrick Catholic Community, Athens and Catskill, NY
  • “Our entire family has started adopting the practical action steps we’ve learned from Lent 4.5.” – Lori Brown, Parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes Church 
  • “Lent 4.5 is a challenging and enriching opportunity for any church that wants to expand their experience of Lent.”  – Sr. Mary Caroline Marchal, Director of Religious Education 
  • “Scripturally grounded, theologically sound, carefully researched, eminently practical, and gently challenging." – Fr. Nick Rice, Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes Church 
  • “This program has changed minds and hearts. I cannot imagine a more effective inter-generational formation and conversion program.” – Fr. Jack Conley, Pastor, St. Agnes Church 
  • “Great material to help deepen our inner and outward expressions of Lent...a resource to challenge us to make our world a better, more peaceful place for all of God’s creatures.” – Community of Christ Church, Orange, CA 
  • “Everyone got more than they expected, and we are looking forward to putting changes into effect in the church and in our homes.” – St. Paul United Methodist Church, Louisville, KY 
  • “In Lent 4.5 we found a curriculum that would address spiritual needs by honoring not only our Creator, but also the world God created.” – Rev. Patricia K. Tull, First Presbyterian Church, Jeffersonville, IN 
  • “Lent 4.5 changes hearts and minds. It was a great program of conversionfor my church.” – Rev. Tim Mitchell, Rector, Episcopal Church of the Advent 
  • “We had a very successful program and I really want to thank you for all your help…. This is what we need at St. Edwards. With the help of our Justice and Peace ministry volunteers we put together the speaker series to tie into the Lent 4.5 bulletin inserts. Lent 4.5 made it possible for us to implement such a program because it is so well thought out and very easy to use.” – Vincent Salomone, St. Edward Church
  • After two years of participating in Lent 4.5, we have taken action: energy audits, recycling, reusables for school and church meals, and there’s a parish garden in the works! – Rosemary Cavanaugh, Pastoral Associate, Church of the Ascension, Louisville, Kentucky
  • I tried my best during Lent to put some ideas into practice, and now I hope to remain faithful to these also in the future…. The program enabled me to be united to the Passionist community who wants to ‘live simply so that others may simply live.’ - Immaculate Conception Church, Jamaica, NY
  • Lent 4.5 was a perfect focus for our Lenten Soup, Bread and Justice night. People thought it was very meaningful and relevant. Thanks ever so much! - Director of Social Justice and Outreach, Resurrection Catholic Church, Burtonsville, MD
  • We loved the Lent 4.5 program. I liked the eye opening experience we had and the lively discussions on Christian Simplicity, Consumption, Water, Energy, Transportation as well as Gratitude & Generosity. - Maureen Avenevoli, Assumption Catholic Church, O'Fallon, MO
  • The Lent 4.5 program was so incredibly wonderful and thought-provoking.. I cannot recommend it strongly enough as a way of raising awareness about how everything we do ultimately affects the health and well-being of everyone around us, as well as every other creature on this glorious planet. – Mary Kate Hayes, Benedictine Grange
  • We have become a consumer society.  People need to think about how they use the planet’s increasingly limited resources…. It’s [the message of Lent 4.5] the kind of penance that fits the modern world. - Fr. Anthony Shonis, Holy Name Catholic Church, Henderson, KY
  • Our church was looking for a Lenten curriculum that would address spiritual needs in the fullest possible way—by honoring not only our Creator but also the world God created. We found it in Lent 4.5. The conversations around these articles were some of the best we ever had.  – Rev. Dr. Patricia K. Tull,  Louisville Presbyterian Seminary
  • Lent 4.5 was really great material to help deepen our inner and outward expressions of Lent. Thanks for creating a resource to challenge us to make our world a better, more peaceful place for all of God’s creatures. – Community of Christ, Orange, CA Congregation

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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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