About Laudato Si' Project

Who We Are

Laudato Si' Project began in 2016, responding to Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home. Laudato Si' Project is a tax-deductible, 501(c)3 non-profit that seeks restore humanity's connection to the natural world through faith, education, stewardship and recreation. This is done through educational programming, stewardship projects, retreats, recreational outings and partnerships with schools, parishes and land-owners. It is clearly seen in our newest project the Catholic Ecology Center.

Laudato Si' Project Catholic Faith Programs
Laudato Si' Project Catholic Faith Programs

Meet Our Executive Director

Joe Meyer has always had a passion for his Catholic faith and a love for ecology. As a result of these passions and his desire to teach, he graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor's degree in biology/environmental science education and later a Masters in Education from UW-La Crosse. He taught in National Parks and environmental education centers across the country and strives to connect people with the natural world around them. As a result of his deep Catholic faith, he has also been very active in youth ministries, parish catechism classes and mission trips.

Joe has a long time interest in Church teaching especially as it relates to care for the environment. After Laudato Si' was published by Pope Francis, he decided to create Laudato Si' Project to better connect people with their faith and to foster a stewardship ethic to care for it. Through the lens of our faith, Laudato Si' Project utilizes education, stewardship and recreation to "restore our natural connection."

Through his work at Laudato Si' Project, Joe has spread this message of hope to dozens of schools and parishes in Southeast Wisconsin. He currently teaches science at Marquette University High School, a premier college preparatory school in Milwaukee, WI. 

Joe Meyer, executive director Laudato Si' Project
Joe Meyer, executive director Laudato Si' Project

Our Board

Nate Lasnoski, Chairman                                                  

Andy Schoofs, Treasurer 

Ryan Grusenski, Secretary                                                

Tom Mlada

Matt Vogel  


In the News

Catholic Herald September 2018

National Catholic Reporter 2018

Catholic Herald August 2018

National Catholic Reporter 2017

Catholic Herald October 2016

Impact Reports

Impact_Report_2019 (pdf)


Relevant Radio Interviews with Laudato Si' ProjecT