As part of their Center for Ecology and Spirituality, the new building provides space for meetings and facilities for the sister-weavers, potters and woodworkers. There is also a small gift shop, workroom, and bathroom facilities. The arts center replaces a picturesque but termite-ridden 100-year-old barn, according to the Springfield Dominicans.
“We have so many special folks to thank for the new building,” said Sister Sharon Zayac, OP, Jubilee Farm director. “[It] is a sanctuary for us; we’d like it to serve as that for everyone who visits, whether they just want to stretch their legs on the land or are looking for spiritual guidance or an inspiring meeting space.”
The new center, built entirely through the generosity of donors, contributes to the mission of Jubilee Farm to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the “Earth community” and to share the gift of the land. Resident Dominicans, Sister Sharon and Sister Anita Cleary, provide programs and retreats for children and adults, offer spiritual direction and open the facilities for public rental.
Information about rentals, volunteer opportunities and events can be obtained by calling (217) 787-6927. Some of the events scheduled for this fall include Weaving a Holiday Gift, Nov. 3-5 and the Holiday Craft Sale featuring Sisters’ artwork and baked goods on Dec. 2.
Jubilee Farm is four miles west of Veterans Parkway on Old Jacksonville Road in Springfield.