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Jordan River Farm

Center for Service, Prayer, Community, Simplicity, and Ecology

Jordan River Farm is an envisioned service retreat center and community garden of the Diocese of Joliet’s Laudato Si’ Ministries. The center will consist of a live-in intentional Catholic community who will host retreats for volunteer groups to do service projects in the southern part of the Diocese of Joliet. The community will function under the cornerstones of: prayer, community, service, and simplicity.


Who: Service retreat opportunities will be offered to many age groups. We will host youth groups, college students, and adult groups, from the Diocese of Joliet and elsewhere.

Live-in Community: The intentional live-in community will lead service retreats. This community will consist of people 22-years-old and older who want to live the cornerstones of the farm and volunteer for a year at the minimum. They will lead home repair service projects, run a community garden, host retreats and prayer opportunities, teach visitors about charity, social justice, and caring for God’s creation, and support the local Catholic Community of Sacred Heart Mission.


Serve the poor: Lead service projects in the southern part of the Diocese of Joliet and teach our retreatants the necessity of loving thy neighbor and social justice for the poor and vulnerable.

Community Garden: Grow healthy food, teach the retreatants the importance of nutrition and feeding the hungry. Give them the opportunity to be connected to their food source and the satisfaction of working on the land.

Rural Life: Bridge the gap between the many areas of the Diocese of Joliet. Teach people from suburban and urban areas the beauty of rural life and the necessity to preserve and sustain rural areas.

Alternative Lifestyle: Promote a life of community and resist a life of isolation and individualism, introduce visitors to a life of simplicity and freedom of consumerist habits.

Prayer: Ora et Labora, implement the monastic balance of physical labor (the garden and home repair projects) and prayer and reflection. The community will pray together daily. Spiritual development will be a primary responsibility for the live-in community members so that they are grounded and rooted to serve the community and retreatants more properly.


If you are interested in donating much needed “housewarming” items to our new mission visit our Target registry.

Monetary donations could be sent to the Diocese of Joliet, Office for Human Dignity, 16555 Weber Rd. Crest Hill, IL 60403. Please write “Jordan River Farm” in the check memo.