Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center

Catholics conserving nature and protecting life. TM




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    The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to ecology, environmental and social justice, sustainable and authentic development, renewable energy, and stewardship of the Earth, in light of the Bible and sacred Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. 

    To face today's environmental challenges and to develop new opportunities for conserving and restoring creation, the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center has as its mission to inspire the ecological conversion called for by Pope John Paul II.  This conversion is a genuine conversion in Jesus Christ that enables us to change the way we think, feel, and act so that we exercise our dominion of creation with wisdom, truth, and love.ProEnvironment_ProLife

    Our approach is based on the centrality of the human person within creation and is inspired by environmentally ethical behavior stemming from our triple relationship to God, self, and creation.

    The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center is committed to promoting authentic Catholic doctrine related to ecology and the environment, and refrains from teaching anything that is contrary to the Magisterium of the Church.

    We recently changed our name from the Catholic Conservation Center in order to honor Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, patroness of people who work in ecology and love nature.     

    In the words of Blessed John Paul II, "If humankind is not at peace with God, then earth itself cannot be at peace..." 



"Secularization, which presents itself in cultures by imposing a world and humanity without Transcendence, is invading every aspect of daily life and developing a mentality in which God is effectively absent, wholly or partially, from human life and awareness. This secularization is not only an external threat to believers, but has been manifest for some time in the heart of the Church herself." ~ Timothy Cardinal Dolan (2012)

Secularization is rampant in the fields of nature conservation and environmental protection. One of the purposes of the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center is to foster and support an awareness of Transcendence in nature and our environment.




    Established in 2000, the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center (formerly the Catholic Conservation Center) began as a project of the Environmental Group of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Wading River, in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York USA.  You are invited to visit the St. John's parish website at

    Bill Jacobs, founder and president, is a professional ecologist and conservation planner.  Bill has worked for more than 20 years in the field of environmental conservation.  He has a master of science degree in forest resources management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).  Bill currently works for an environmental consulting firm serving the Long Island and New York metropolitan area.  Previously he worked for The Nature Conservancy, Natural Land Institute, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  Bill and his wife Lynn and their three beautiful children reside on Long Island, New York. 


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The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center strives to be faithful to the Magisterium of the Church, the Pope and the Bishops in union with him.  If you have reason to believe that information presented on this website is not faithful to God and the Church, please contact Bill Jacobs at and we will make the necessary corrections.



This website is dedicated to Erin, Cara, and Willy.


"Being a champion in life demands the three Ds: discipline, dedication, and divine assistance."

~ Bishop James A. Griffin of Columbus




Handwritten sign found on the wall of Blessed Mother Teresa's room:


People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; be successful anyway.

If you're honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, others may be jealous; be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow; do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give your best anyway.

For you see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.


Adapted from The Paradoxical Commandments by Kent Keith (1968)





"Our arms are too short to box with God."

~ Unknown author



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