The Dominican Sisters of Peace announced Wednesday the election of J. Basil Dannebohm and Karla Kirkman as co-chairs of the Heartland Farm Advisory Council. The advisory council works with the sisters toward the wellbeing of the farm.
“We’re confident in the leadership of these two individuals on our advisory council,” said Sister Charlene Moser, OP. “Each brings to the table different strengths, that together make for a good team.”
Recently retired from the Kansas House of Representatives, Dannebohm is writer, speaker and business consultant. Kirkman is another familiar face to Barton County as a farmer, rancher, and avid supporter of various community projects.
Heartland Farm, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is a Christian community committed to working for the healing and care of the Earth and its inhabitants. A registered agri-tourism operator, the ministry sits on an 80 acre homestead west of Great Bend. Members of the community are committed to exploring and living the principles of community, simple living, nonviolence, justice and peace, and the nurturing of all God’s creation.
The farm offers opportunities for visitors to expand their knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience in eco-justice through education, retreat work, and a volunteer program.
Dominican Sisters of Peace is a US-based congregation of Catholic Dominicans that includes about 600 Sisters and 500 Associates living and serving in 37 states and in eight additional countries. As part of the worldwide Order of Preachers (Order of St. Dominic), the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace strive to preach the Gospel of Christ Jesus through word and action, serving God’s people in many ministerial areas, including education, health care, spirituality, pastoral care, prison ministry, and care of creation, among others.