Who We Are

Our Founding

 In 1990, the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (Columbus, Ohio) challenged themselves to a life-style that honors the graced reality of creation, acknowledges our oneness with creation, and holds us accountable in the use of our resources. Sisters Jane Belanger, Camilla Smith, and Loretta Forquer responded to that invitation by creating Shepherd’s Corner on land that was owned by the Sisters in Blacklick, Ohio.  Throughout these twenty-five years Shepherd’s Corner has grown into the lived expression of that vision.  It continues today as a Founded Ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Shepherd's Corner founders: Sisters Jane Belanger (left), Camilla Smith and Loretta Forquer (right).

Our founders: Sr. Jane Belanger (left), Srs. Camilla Smith and Loretta Forquer (right).

An Ecological Ministry

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Shepherd’s Corner, founded in 1992, is an ecological ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. This 160-acre natural oasis serves as a center for ecology, spirituality, and education. The property’s diverse range of habitats offers a haven for wildlife and native flora, plus a place of peace, natural beauty, and spiritual refreshment. Our strategic plan focuses on three areas: environmental education, reflection on care of creation, and providing healthy, naturally grown produce.

At Shepherd’s Corner, you’ll find chemical-free naturally grown gardens, chickens, sheep, a llama, a turf labyrinth, greenhouses, and meditation trails. Shepherd’s Corner welcomes many volunteers and hosts public programs as well as programs for adults or student groups. As a non-profit organization, Shepherd’s Corner relies on donations to operate.

Please note that Shepherd’s Corner is private property and is not a public park. If you wish to use the trails or other facilities, please call to make arrangements.

Our Vision

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is positioning itself to be an Earth-centered leader in the Central Ohio community: teaching environmental education, offering reflective experiences on care of creation, and renewing the land while providing healthy, naturally grown produce.

Learn more at Catholic Climate Covenant.