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Chris Lanciotti: Evangelizing through the beauty of nature

In October 2023, our brother Christopher Lanciotti has been introduced by Creatio as its CEO. Chris, as we call him colloquially, has worn multiple hats since joining in 2014, climbing every Fourteener in Colorado (United States) and bringing Creatio experiences to more than 15 destinations around the world.

Chris Lanciotti. Photo by Thomas Nabelek.

In an interview with the Denver Catholic portal, Chris shared his vision of the unique beauty of the Colorado mountains and the devotion of its inhabitants to the outdoors, essential elements for Catholic evangelization, he commented, encouraging Catholics to become experts in evangelizing through the beauty of creation , a central mission of Creatio.

Chris’s career

Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, he studied biochemistry at Regis University before becoming a member of the Sodalitium of Christian Life. Since his return to Denver in 2014, he has participated in various Creatio activities, climbing 70 of the 100 highest peaks in Colorado and aiming to cover about 400 kilometers a year with his backpack.

A lover of nature, he has trained six generations of Creatio missionary guides. In his new role as CEO, as he notes in the interview, he seeks to “assemble a core of well-trained leaders who are ready to walk with the people.”

Photo by Juan Andrés Coriat.

“Our goal is to speak into their lives and give them the opportunity for their encounter with the Truth to be a springboard to a deeper and more important encounter with a strong community in the Church,” shares Chris.

You can read the full interview with Chris Lanciotti in Denver Catholic to learn more about his mission at Creatio.

Evangelizing in the midst of the beauty of nature

To show us how the beauty of nature can deeply impact a person’s spiritual experience, Chris tells us this story:

“Pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, one of the young people participated looking for an experience of renewal after a very difficult year that culminated with the death of his mother. He expected an experience of adventure and communion, but almost from the first day he was overwhelmed by the beauty of the Camino.”

“He told the group that he hoped to fight with God and better understand his pain, but in reality he couldn’t stop smiling because beauty moved his heart. He said that he had the experience of being healed, and that this experience reminded him of the goodness of life despite death.”

“He was actually one of the happiest people on the trip. Truly, for me, it was an experience of seeing the power of God working in the heart through beauty, healing the deepest wounds, a confirmation of our mission.”

Evangelization guide

Finally, to evangelize through the beauty of creation , Chris shares valuable advice based on his experience and reflection. Giving us guidance on how we can become evangelizers by taking advantage of what God has arranged for us.

“First, Catholics have to transform our own vision of nature.”

“Many Catholics (including me at some point) think that nature is simply a source of resources for human beings, following a technological mentality that abuses nature. Others fall to the other extreme and say that human beings are like a plague, that nature is like a god that man should praise.”

Photo by Juan Andrés Coriat.

“We have to understand our vocation, stated in Genesis, as stewards of Creation. We have to seek to develop a relationship with nature, as we do in relationships with people : spend enough time with it; seek to know her better; care and protect it. And like a work of art, when we fall in love with it, you want to know everything about the work and the artist.”

After developing our own sensitivity to creation, we can help others interpret their own experiences of nature.”

“Many people have “spiritual” experiences with nature (as also happens with art). It is the job of Catholics to help other people interpret this experience, to take advantage of this moment, in an organic way, to know the Author.”