Caring For Our Common Home

Registration ButtonThe Environment
August 12
9 – 11:30 a.m.
Guild Center

Cost:  $20
Call: 618-394-6270 for Registration

Jean Ponzi –  Earthworms Host, KDHX
Mike Roberts – Former KSDK – Channel 5 Meterologist
Dr. Peter Raven – Senior Science Advisor Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Science
Vic Hamer – Founder of Give Me Water Lord

Jean Ponzi Jean Ponzi, Emcee

Jean Ponzi has been a strong voice for environmental awareness in St. Louis for nearly 30 years.  As Green Resources Manager for the Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center and as volunteer producer/host of Earthworms podcasts from KDHX-St. Louis Community Media, she strives to cultivate positive perspectives and promote community-based action.

Vic HamerVic Hamer

It all began when Sparta native Vic Hamer was told by an SIU student that her village in Kenya needed water.  So touched by her story, Vic proceeded to raise the money and eventually provided the village with a fresh water well.  His non-profit organization, Give Me Water Lord, arranges for deep water wells to be drilled in desperate areas of Kenya.

Financing for this program is achieved with Vic collecting shoes and handbags and selling them to exporters for affordable sales in developing countries.

We invite people to bring their slightly used shoes and handbags to our program to help Vic bring clean water to Kenya. 

Mike RobertsMike Roberts
“Climate Change: What’s the Big Deal?”

Four-time Emmy Award winning meteorologist, Mike Roberts, left KSDK in 2015.  In October he began a new career as Director of Client Services at Home Care Assistance of St. Louis.  Mike has long had an interest in climate change and has recently combined with fellow meteorologist, Cindy Preszler, hosting a program on Global Warming on KMOX.

“Climate Change: What’s the Big Deal?” 2016 was the hottest year on record globally.  In fact, for the last ten years, nine of them were record breakers.  The effects of global warming have a direct impact on our health and our economy.  The Zika outbreak hit hardest in regions of the world that are hotter than usual, and extreme weather events can be directly linked to an increase in food prices.  Coffee production has been impacted as growers have had to seek higher elevations to produce their crop.  Mike will talk with us about these changes and how “not normal” weather affects us all – even impacting our national security.

Dr. Peter H RavenPeter H. Raven, Ph.D.
 “Faith and Science in Partnership”

Since 1990, Dr. Peter H. Raven has been a Senior Science Advisor to the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Science.  Dr. Raven also serves as the President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, where he was director from 1971-2010.  In 2000, he received the National Medal of Science, the highest award for scientific accomplishment in the United States.

“Faith and Science in Partnership”  The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is a valuable source of objective scientific information which is made available to the Holy See and to the international scientific community.  It is located in the heart of the Vatican Gardens and has a membership of the most respected names in science.  Dr. Raven will share his experience as one of the minds behind the encyclical from Pope Francis, released in 2015, which addressed climate change as a moral issue for all people of this Earth.

Come, Experience La Vista
Oblates Caring for Our Common Home
Saturday, October 7
9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Discover the deep connections between faith and land in your own life.


  • Care for the Land Called La Vista
  • Missionary Oblates’ Woods Nature Preserve
  • Pollinator Garden at La Vista
  • Forest Legacy Land Conservation
  • La Vista CSA Farm

Cost:  $15

For more information or to register, call 618-466-5004 or email

La Vista Ecological Learning Center
4300 Levis Lane, Godfrey, IL 62035