On a cold and windy Saturday on January 21, 2023, a few members of the Environmental Justice Committee worked with volunteer Phyllis Fung, a certified Tree Keeper and Board member of Blue Water Baltimore, to prune five street trees parallel to the church along Madison Street. The pruning is one piece of the Committee’s mission for 2023 to focus on water related issues.

Trees are not only beautiful, they provide shade, habitat for wildlife, and absorb CO2, a contributing cause of global warming. The roots of trees stabilize the soil to minimize soil erosion and absorb stormwater to keep it in the ground instead of running untreated into our waterways. The pruning enhanced the health of the trees by removing dead and broken branches, crossed branches and stubs. A big thanks to Father Frain, Phyllis Fung and the Environmental Justice Committee.