Pray. Act. Be the Change.

" We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him…We need not wait to see what others do."  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

These words written by Mahatma Gandhi have inspired many bumper stickers, memes and posters with the call to action: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."  For more than a century, Catholic Sisters have worked to bring about a more peaceful, just and compassionate world. You are invited to join us as we continue to "Pray. Act.. Be the Change."   Through sharing our stories, we hope to inspire and provide resources for you to "be the change you wish to see in the world." A new Catholic Sister story will be posted here every few days, with more stories available on our "Catholic Sisters in Action" page. 

Featured Sister Story

Off Road Ministry

Sister Linda Valasik seeds parsley in the Villa Maria Farm Greenhouse.

Sister Linda Valasik seeds parsley in the Villa Maria Farm Greenhouse.

The Villa Maria Farm in Villa Maria, Pa., is an integral part of the heritage of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. It serves as a symbol of the struggle and sacrifice of a small group of women who settled on the Lawrence County land in 1864 and succeeded in establishing a viable, productive farm when others before them had failed. Land management at the farm is based on spirituality, sustainability, simplicity, and the preservation of all local life systems.

Home to a greenhouse, two high tunnels, a produce market, a herd of beef cattle and a small flock of sheep, the Villa Maria Farm is situated on 759 acres of land near the Pennsylvania-Ohio border. The farm encompasses 300 acres and includes nine acres of naturally grown produce gardens. And although the sisters no longer do the bulk of the physical labor, their hands are still involved in nurturing the seeds that produce the harvest.

The farming ministry helps support the sisters and adheres to the sisters’ mission of bringing more abundant life to God’s people, especially the poor. To that end, half of the food produced is donated to local food banks, shelters, and parishes in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.

In 2017 the Villa Maria Farm donated 17,000 pounds of produce to organizations like the Lawrence County Women’s Shelter; Neighborhood Food Pantry in New Castle, Pa.; Dorothy Day House in Youngstown, Ohio; North-Mar Church Food Pantry in Warren, Ohio; and Prince of Peace Parish in Farrell, Pa., among others.

Partner with us in ministry and help us continue to provide more abundant life for all of God’s people. Donate online at and specify farm in the gift designation field or contact the HM Development Office at hmdevelopment@humilityofmary.orgor 724-964-8920 ext. 3291.

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Volunteer at the Villa Maria Farm by contacting John Moreira at

“Pray. Act. Be the Change” is a collaborative project of the the Catholic Sisters Leadership Council (CSLC), and made possible through funding from a $1,000 National Catholic Sisters Week mini-grant and donated space from Lamar Advertising. The project’s intent is to inspire others through increasing the visibility of Catholic Sisters as they continue to serve as leaders, collaborators and advocates for peace, justice and care for creation.  

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