Care of all creation
As part of our mission, we are attuned to how all of creation lives and moves and has its being in God.
We commit to conserving resources and living in sustainable ways, especially when caring for our 80 acres in Baden. Earth Tones ministry is a tangible expression of the Sisters’ reverence for Earth by encouraging an understanding and awareness of God and nature.
As part of Earth Tones ministry, we coordinate:
Chickens for Change
Hens are part of the ecosystem on the Motherhouse ground and provide fresh produce for our Sisters and guests in our Dining Room. Between 2013-2018, we donated 161.5 dozen eggs, a source of high-quality protein, to local food banks and soup kitchens.
Bees for Beauty
In the tradition of the working farm and apiary that our Sisters operated on the grounds in the early 1900s, beehives were added to the Motherhouse grounds in 2005. The honey is used in the dining room and sold in our online gift shop. The remaining beeswax is used to make all-natural products, such as moisturizing cream, soap and lip balm that are also available in the gift shop. Watch Sister Lyn catch a swarm of honeybees.
Two 2,500-square-foot gardens, known as Miriam’s and Elizabeth’s Gardens, were created on the Motherhouse grounds and opened to the public in an effort to address food security issues in Beaver County. Between 2013-2018, our gardens donated 6,365 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks and soup kitchens.
Green Teens, a component of the community gardens, trains youth in sustainable gardening skills and encourages teens to develop a relationship with Earth and one another in community while addressing a major social need – hunger.
Volunteer Work Days
Volunteers help us continue our community gardens, chickens and apiary operations, which supply produce, eggs and honey to food banks to help reduce food insecurity among our neighbors. We welcome individuals, families and groups from local schools, parishes and organizations to lend a hand. View 2019 Volunteer Work Dates.
We appreciate all contributions to help us maintain our contemplative space, whether it’s for an hour or for the entire day. Tasks may include but are not limited to: weeding, gardening, labyrinth maintenance, grapevine pruning, statue painting, wood chopping and weed whacking.
Please RSVP to Luke Badaczewski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-869-6550 at least one week before each work day and let us know if you will be staying for lunch, which is provided. Email reminders will be sent 2 weeks prior to each work day. Weather-related cancellations will be announced the Friday before each work day.
Other Earth Tones Projects
- Faith.Field.Feast. Farm to Table Dinner
- Camping Retreats
- Tree Trails
- Sustainability Presentations
- Nature retreats