Sister Sharon Zayac, OP presents in New Zealand

Sister Sharon Zayac (Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic of Springfield, IL) and Sister Margaret Galiardi (Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, NY) were invited by Dominican Sisters in New Zealand to impart their knowledge through climate change workshops. They are pictured here in San Francisco as they prepare to depart for New Zealand. Sister Sharon will present Seeds of Hope: Renewing Ourselves in a World of Chaos on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2017. Pray for Sister Sharon in New Zealand today as she shares her knowledge about the climate challenge to Dominican Sisters, college professors and people interested in learning how to care of our common home.

Moral Compass: Responding to the Climate Challenge (video)


Take a look at this video of a Brown Bag Seminar called Moral Compass: Responding to the Climate Challenge held at Sacred Heart Convent on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  Sister Sharon Zayac, OP, Director of Jubilee Farm, lead an audience through Pope Francis’ suggestions in Laudato si’/Care for our Common Home to make a positive impact in response to the climate crisis.

“Being prayerful is seeing the world through a heart much greater than our own.”  ~ Sister Sharon Zayac, OP, Director of Jubilee Farm

“Self-improvement on the part of individuals will not by itself remedy the extremely complex situation facing our world today… these problems must be addressed by community networks and not simply by the sum of individual good deeds…
The ecological conversion needed to bring about lasting change is also a community conversion.” ~ Pope Francis

“While individual actions will not alone dismantle systems of evil (or injustice), those systems will only be dismantled if individuals do act.”  ~ Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda

Winter Solstice 2016


Please join us for

Winter Solstice ~ Warm Reflections

An ancient celebration that has much meaning for modern times.

The evening will be one of prayer, reflection, sharing,

and light feasting!


Wednesday, Dec 21, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Supper included

$18 per person

Registration required by Dec 18

Creative Arts Center at Jubilee Farm


Video: On Care for Our Common Home – Laudato Si

In October of 2015 Sister Sharon Zayac, OP shared a presentation at the Scared Heart Convent motherhouse, On Care for Our Common Home – Laudato Si, covering environmental aspects of the recent encyclical, Laudito Si’, from Pope Francis. The presentation goes into a deep exploration of the major environmental points of the encyclical by Pope Francis and shares what we can do to care for our common home before the damage that has been inflicted by humankind grows to a point where the damage can’t be reversed.  Sister Sharon has been noted as one of Springfield’s most knowledgeable presenters on environmental topics.

Harv Koplo taped the presentation and shared it on the Sustainable Springfield  website.  We are grateful that Sustainable Springfield shared the video with us so we can share it with you. Sister Sharon was a board member of Sustainable Springfield for six years. Learn more about Sustainable Springfield by clicking here.

On Care for Our Common Home – Laudato Si’ from SSI Info on Vimeo.

Labyrinth Walk: In/Out-Whispered Truth

Title: Labyrinth Walk: In/Out-Whispered Truth
Location: Jubilee Farm • 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, New Berlin, IL 62670
Link out: Click here
Description: Labyrinth Walk: In/Out-Whispered Truth
Friday, September 12, 6:30 pm
$5. Refreshments. Please register.

Start Time: 6:30
Date: 2014-09-12

Buy Fresh Buy Local


More and more of us are understanding the planet-health and human-health benefits of eating organic foods.  As important as this is on many levels, it is perhaps even more important for us to purchase foods grown or raised locally.  Even if your local farmer does not use all organic methods, he or she often uses fewer chemicals and certainly far less fossil fuel to transport the produce to the local market.  Buying local has many other benefits as well.  It supports your local farmer and keeps your money in the local economy, rather than sending it off to profit large corporations in far off states or countries.

As a member of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Jubilee Farm has also chosen to participate in the Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL) program.

The distinctive logo announces that we are part of a local foods’ campaign to encourage the community to support local farmers.  This local foods effort includes everyone from individual consumers to restaurants and grocery stores. Through the BFBL campaign’s marketing materials, consumers can identify locally produced foods and area farmers can reach new local markets.

Remember to look for BFBL signage and tell your retailer or restaurant that you care where your food comes from.

Climate Change: No Denying It

Washington_IL_photo_by Alexandra Sutter from WMBD

Washington, IL tornado aftermath photo by Alexandra Sutter from WMBD

Here is an excerpt from Climate Change: No Denying It written by Sister Sharon Zayac, OP the Director of Jubilee Farm. To read the whole article click here or click on the image below.


Social Analysis

A new study looking at 11,000 years
of climate temperatures shows the
world is in the middle of a dramatic
U-turn, lurching from near record cooling
to an unprecedented heat spike in the
20th century. (Union of Concerned Scientists,
Every one of the past 35 years has been
warmer than the 20th century average.
The 12 warmest years on record have all
occurred since 1998. 2012 was the hottest
year ever recorded for the contiguous
United States.

The principal driver of long-term
warming is the total emissions of CO2.
At current rates, CO2 emissions will
hurtle us past a planetary climate rise of
2 degrees Celsius in less than 50 years,
conservatively assuming that emissions
rates do not continue on their current
upward trajectory of approximately 3%
per year.

Climate change is not a new reality.
The long-predicted dramatic effects we
are experiencing have been building
for years and are now literally in our
faces as we, even in our country, endure
floods, fires, dust storms, droughts, E-5
tornadoes, massive blizzards, melting
glaciers, ocean level rise, the expansion
of disease vectors, and off-the-scale
pollen counts. In the words of Martin
Luther King, “We are living in the fierce
urgency of now.”