Franciscans for Earth

As Catholic Sisters who follow the rule and life of St. Francis of Assisi we believe all is sacred, good and interconnected. We believe creation is God’s continuing revelation and mystery unfolding in our world. We call ourselves Franciscans for Earth. We reject that which does harm to creation and our earth companions.

“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” Pope Francis -Care for our Common Home

We challenge ourselves to ecological conversion and to being protectors of God’s creation.

We commit to the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help noble call of caring for creation by educating, collaborating and advocating for:

  • Simplicity of living
  • Grateful contemplation of God’s world
  • Concern for the needs of the poor
  • Protection of the environment
“It is our humble conviction that the divine and the human meet in the slightest detail in the seamless garment of God’s creation, in the last speck of dust of our planet.” – Pope Francis

In 1985 we purchased 40 scenic acres outside of St. Louis as a place of retreat and recreation for our Sisters. Those hallowed acres, which we call our Franciscan farm, have taught us about integral ecology, the interconnectedness of all things.

Our Franciscan farm has become a place for eco-spirituality and ecological learning for all people, as well as the site of a large demonstration garden. We educate, collaborate and advocate for organic practices as we support and provide produce and plants for three area farmers’ markets, host discussion groups, show eco-documentary films, welcome elementary, high school and college students to experience the earth and their place within creation. Ecological events include earth day celebrations, tomato tasting parties, family potato digs, and heirloom seed swaps.

  • Days of reflection and retreat focus on our connection to earth and God’s continuing revelation. Click here for more info.
  • We have become known as the “green Franciscans”. We invite you to call us and arrange a visit to our Franciscan farm.
  • Want to volunteer or become part of our Franciscans for Earth movement? Click Here
  • Want to know about special earth events, films, and programs? Click Here

Franciscan Farm
12824 Peter Moore Lane
De Soto, Missouri 63020
Jack Zimmerman, Farm Coordinator – 636.222.2799

RESOURCES

Sacred Earth

St. Louis Composting
Learn why it’s important to     keep food out of the landfill   and how you can help your   community make that change.

Byrne Catering 
A local catering company   willing to partner with your   school to reduce waste &   recycle when possible!

Garrett Paper
A wide array of compostable   and environmentally friendly   food packaging items.

Catholic Climate Covenant
An incredible website FULL of inspiring information, current news, and free programming

Seeds of Justice
Social justice news and happenings in the St. Louis metro area

COLLABORATIONS


The Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help have long enjoyed collaborating with the Jefferson County University of Missouri Extension. We were excited when they approached us to join them in writing a grant through the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program of the US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA). Our partners in this endeavor include the MU Extension and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.

A University of Missouri press release describes the program, ”The grant will lead to creating and sustaining beginning farmers and ranchers in Missouri. Teams of experts plan to use educational approaches to improve land access, business planning, mentorship and farm management to grow new and beginning farmers and ranchers. MU Extension partners with the Missouri Brain Injury Association and the Franciscan Farm to fill in the gaps for beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, military veteran farmers, and farmers with disabilities and brain injury. The project will offer experiential learning for beginning farmers through workshops, Grow Your Farm courses, learning circles, farm walkabouts, technical one-on-one assistance and an internship program.”

If you’d like to apply to the Internship program at our Franciscan Farm in De Soto, Missouri, please download the PDF application and submit by May 1, 2019. 
2019 Franciscan Farm Internship Fillable Application