Lenten Novena for Earth Defenders

This novena provides a way to be in solidarity with people, especially indigenous communities, who speak out against the impacts of extractive industries. It was developed by the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas to be used during Lent, March 1-9.

Too many courageous people have sacrificed their lives to protect water, land and sacred territory. Despite their experience of life-destroying and systemic oppression, these 'protectors of Mother Earth' continue to bear witness to our world, claiming their fundamental rights, their essential and sacred dignity and their vision that we all share of water as a source of life.