Our mission is to live a sustainable life based on the Gospels and on Catholic Worker principles as an alternative to the consumer culture. The community provides practical assistance, prayerful presence and a place for reflection to help others simplify their lives.
The grace of God, the generosity of supporters and the bounty of the land provide the foundation for the community. By their commitment and unpaid labor the full-time residents maintain buildings, work the land and welcome visitors. Guests volunteer their labor and share the simple gifts of the farm: work and prayer, discussion and recreation.
Click here for more information on the Catholic Worker movement.
Although the mailing address is Lacona, the farm is actually in Orwell. If you use directions from an internet directions site you could end up on another Wart Rd that is not maintained in winter.
From the south: Take I-81 North to exit 36, Pulaski. At the end of the ramp turn right onto State Route 13. After about 1 mile, turn left onto County Route 2A. Take the first right (after about 0.7 mile) onto Centerville Road, then the first left (after about 0.2 mile) onto Peck Road. At the end of Peck Road turn right onto County Route 2. At the first stop sign turn left onto County Route 48. Travel about 1.1 miles and turn right onto Wart Rd. We’re in the only barn on the road, on your left, about 1.3 miles up Wart Rd.
Looking for home activities, indoor and outdoor, for the social-distancing time? Check out our Live and Learn page, which we’ll keep adding to.
While social distancing is needed to control the spread of COVID-19, people are also encouraged to spend time outside. You’re welcome to come walk our nature trails, watch birds or picnic by our pond, or fly kites on the hill above our parking lot. We recommend taking bathroom breaks before you come so that you can stay outside and avoid possible cross-contamination, and keeping a safe distance from people other than the people you came with.
For more about what you might see outdoors here in various seasons, check out our Nature page. Many birds have already returned, frogs have begun to sing and salamanders to emerge, and pussy willows are out. The woodcocks are doing their spectacular courtship displays at dusk and are likely to continue into May. We expect wildflowers soon.
We’re looking for new community members to join our work and life. For more on that, click here.