This month’s issue of U.S. Catholic includes a feature I wrote about Jeannie Kirkhope, director of Appalachian Catholic Worker farm. (That’s Jeannie in the photo, with three of my daughters on the day I went to the farm to visit her for an interview. They keep asking to go back.)
Jeannie puts her own twist on the Catholic Worker farm idea — she says she sometimes thinks Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin must be spinning in their graves — but it seems to be working.
Among her comments I included in the article is this fine one:
“The face of God is so clear to me in these mountains. It’s clear that creation was not complete in six days. I see streams forming every season, changing course over time. Trees grow up or fall down before my eyes, year by year. The pulse of life is so obvious in the mountain forest. It’s closer to the edge of life and death. It keeps me in tune with God and the people I serve.”
The article’s not available online. But U.S. Catholic has kindly provided a .pdf of the article as it appeared in the issue and given permission to attach it here. Click here to open it: Jeannie, US Catholic (You do want to read the bit about the tree bog that Martin Sheen paid for.)
Finally, you’ll find the Appalachian Catholic Worker website here.