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Tropical Leaves

Join Us!

We are a network of believers working with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to expand the presence of local creation care initiatives to every parish, school, and community.

Interested? Email us!

We will get you started. 

If your parish already has a creation care initiative or group,

please let us know and tell us what you're up to!

Tropical Leaves

The EcoPhilly Network

Meet The Organizers

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Nicholas Collura

Nicholas Collura, MDiv, is a board-certified healthcare chaplain and a spiritual director affiliated with St. Raphaela Center in Haverford, PA.


Emily Houck

Emily Houck is a middle school English language arts teacher who resides in Allentown, PA.

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Julian Burnett

Julian Burnett is a Neighborhood Green Energy Advocate living and serving in the Philadelphia Area. 

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John Humphreys

John Humphreys is a biochemist, conservationist, and wildlife gardener who lives in Doylestown, PA.


Kit McGovern

Kit McGovern is part of the Climate Ministry at Our Mother of Consolation in Chestnut Hill.

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Fr Arthur Purcaro

Rev. Arthur Purcaro, OSA, is Assistant Vice President, and an adjunct professor of Theology and Religious Studies, at Villanova University. 

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Bill Stigliani

Bill Stigliani is professor emeritus of environmental science and sustainability.  He is Chair of the Care for Creation Committee at Old St. Joseph's Church, Philadelphia.


Susan Tobia

Susan Tobia attends Holy Cross Parish in Mt. Airy and serves as a lector and
member of various key ministries. She
writes a weekly column in her church bulletin called Stewards of Our Earth.

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Janelle Cooney

Janelle Cooney is a  member of St. John Chrysostom Parish in Delaware County where she is the chair of the Care for Creation Team. 

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