"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, Laudato Si' (207)


In November 1872, Mother Mary Odilia Berger and five companions arrived on the St. Louis riverfront to care for sick people regardless of their ability to pay. Throughout our history we have remained faithful to our founder’s vision, following the Spirit’s call wherever that has led.

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Our Impact

Through impact investing and philanthropy, we use our assets to support companies and organizations around the world actively working to combat global warming and the destruction of the earth’s water, land and inhabitants.

Who We Support

  • 350.org

    Philanthropy Initiative

    350.org plays a unique role on the global climate action scene, providing communications, organizing, and campaign planning support to activists around the world.

  • AgroEcology Fund

    Philanthropy Initiative

    The AgroEcology Fund is a multi-donor fund that supports healthy and sustainable food systems around the world.

  • Climate Action Network International

    Philanthropy Initiative

    The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1,100 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

  • Conservation Forestry Capital III


    Conservation Forestry (CF) is a proactive steward of land focusing particular attention on conserving soil, water and wildlife resources.

  • Fair Food Network

    Philanthropy Initiative

    Fair Food Network is a national nonprofit founded on the belief that vibrant local food systems can create health and economic opportunity.

  • Gateway Greening

    Philanthropy Initiative

    Gateway Greening educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agricultures.



    The Global Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Fund (GEEREF) invests in clean infrastructure projects in developing markets.

  • Generate Capital


    Generate Capital is a specialty finance company that funds the Resource Revolution–doing more with less of our world’s critical resources (such as energy, water, food, and materials).

  • Global Greengrants Fund

    Philanthropy Initiative

    Global Greengrants Fund gives voice to people whose lives are most impacted by environmental harm and social injustice, giving local people a say in their food, water, and resources.

  • Liberation Capital Renewable Energy Fund Series B


    Liberation Capital makes project-level investments in the waste-to-value and renewable fuels sectors, financing facilities that reduce demand for natural resources such as fresh water and fossil fuels.

  • Lyme Forest Fund IV


    The Lyme Timber Company is a private timberland investment management organization that focuses on the acquisition and sustainable management of lands with unique conservation values.

  • M-KOPA Solar


    M-KOPA is a consumer lending company that uses an innovative SIM-card-based payment system to help off-grid consumers at the Base of the Pyramid to finance the purchase of solar home lighting systems.

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Last year our investments helped reduce energy costs of low-income households in East Africa by $36,300, produced more than 11,000 kilowatts of clean energy, and reduced CO2 emissions by 1,230 metric tonnes.

News and Notes

Catholic Sisters: The Spirit of St. Louis

The Franciscan Sisters of Mary are featured in the exhibit “Catholic Sisters: The Spirit of St. Louis,” taking place in the Carnegie Room of the Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library downtown from March 3 to April 28.

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Main Photo: “Stellar Sky in the Land of 10,000 Lakes,” © Travis Novitsky. All rights reserved. Used with permission.