The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center received generous financial support and donations to develop Lent 4.5. We want to express our gratitude for the significant contributions of these major donors.

W.L Lyons Brown Foundation 
Mr. and Mrs. Owsley Brown
The Sisters and Co-Members of the Loretto Communtiy, Denver, CO  
Passionist Congregation of Holy Cross Province, Chicago, IL   
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Nazareth, KY 
SC Ministry Foundation, Cincinnati, OH    
Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catherine, KY 
St. Agnes Church, Louisville, KY 
St. Edward Church, Louisville, KY    
St. William Church, Louisville, KY



Lent 4.5 was originally developed by the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center for use in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Five churches, four parochial elementary schools, and one high school participated in the pilot program. We would like to acknowledge their contribution to the development of this program. They offered valuable suggestions, corrections, and creative adaptations to make Lent 4.5 a vibrant program of conversion. We are extremely grateful.

St. Agnes Church – Rev. Jack Conley and Jim Luckett
St. Agnes School – Margi Johnstone and Carol Meirose
Ascension Church – Rev. Gary Padgett and Rosemary Cavanaugh 
Ascension School – Mary Jo Ellis   
Assumption High School – Gloria Thornburg 
St. Francis of Assisi Church – Rev. Lou Meiman and Joanne Jones   
St. Francis of Assisi School – Paula Watkins and Catie Jones
Our Lady of Lourdes Church – Rev. Nick Rice and Sr. Mary Caroline Marchal, SC
Our Lady of Lourdes School – Laura Glaser   
St. William Church – Rev. John Burke and Sharan Benton






Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

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Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.

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