DOMINICAN SISTERS NURTURE NATURE
IN THE HEARTLAND
AT THE HEARTLAND FARM in Kansas, the Dominican Sisters of Peace work daily to keep their corner of the world in sync with nature. The 80-acre farm was founded as a
Dominican project in 1987 when three sisters started it as a way
to showcase sustainable practices. Since that time, the farm has
evolved into a number of initiatives. Among them are: organic
gardening and farming, a hermitage, an art studio, an alpaca herd,
production and sales of handmade products (from soaps to string
bags), workshops in eco-friendly practices, and public events to
promote earth-friendly practices. The three on-site sisters work
with paid staff and volunteers to support the Heartland Farm.
SISTER OF MERCY MIGRATES TO BORDERLAND MINISTRY
WORKING WITH MIGRANT FARMER WORKERS and families in Central Florida for 32 years was a privilege and a pleasure,” says Sister Alicia Zapata, R.S.M. Zapata says her longtime ministry with migrant workers was a natural
path for someone whose community, the Sisters of Mercy, is dedicated to serving the poor.
Not long ago Zapata volunteered with other religious at the border in El Paso, Texas, welcoming immigrant families
to the United States and helping them in the next step in their journey. Some of the El Paso immigrants were seeking
asylum, but other immigrants also come to help harvest crops. “The Sisters of Mercy are women of faith who commit
their lives to God and their resources to serve, advocate and pray for those in need around the world.” Migrant workers
are frequently new immigrants from Central America, Mexico, or Haiti who tend to face low pay, poor housing, and
difficult work conditions. Many are Catholic and find support in the church, including ministers like Zapata.
O. P. brings
apple bread to
students in a
in Central Florida.
COURTESY OF SISTERS OF MERCY