The Center at Donaldson is a place where art, earth, education and life happen on a daily basis. The Center includes six ministries; Ancilla Beef and Grain, Ancilla College, Catherine Kasper Life Center, Earthworks, Lindenwood Retreat & Conference Center and MoonTree Studios, in addition to serving as home to the American Province of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. This group of women religious have called Donaldson home since 1923.
The Center, located at 9601 Union Road, is a place of spiritual growth and renewal open to all Christian faiths. The ministries within The Center host a wide variety of activities and services to individuals and groups.

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Ancilla Beef and Grain Farm raises beef in a caring environment. Attention is given to raising crops and animals without the use of potentially harmful additives. The grass fed cattle graze on our pastures from spring until early winter and are supplemented in the winter with the hay and silage. Ancilla grows its own hay, corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa and triticale. We grind our own grain mixture and offer this to the cattle up to six months prior to market. Ancilla beef meets all USDA requirements, and is available in canned form at the main building of The Center.

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Ancilla College is a private, Catholic, not for profit, two-year, liberal arts college focused on preparing its diverse population for academic success and rewarding careers. Ancilla College offers over two dozen associate degree programs, as well as athletic and student activities that provide students with a well-rounded college experience. Ancilla College empowers students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers, and values-centered lives.




The Catherine Kasper Life Center is a faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Community comprised of Maria Center, senior independent living and the Catherine Kasper Home, a licensed skilled nursing facility with all private rooms providing short-term rehabilitation, long-term nursing care, and a memory care unit. The Life Center also offers spiritual care, recreational programs, and educational enrichment opportunities. The lakeside country setting, with ample amenities and intergenerational activities, provide comfort, dignity, and well-being as residents continue on their journey of life.


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Earthworks is an environmental learning center that believes passionately that all species and systems on our planet are interdependent. Earthworks is an advocate for environmental education and offers programs and experiences that teach people how to live in harmony with all of Earth's inhabitants while respecting the interconnectedness. Earthworks offers day camps that provide children the opportunity to engage in nature by exploring the wildlife and habitats at The Center.


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Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center is nestled onto the north shore of Lake Gilbraith. This natural setting provides sacred space for guests. Lindenwood has a twenty-five year tradition of hospitality and welcome those who are on a faith journey seeking how God is currently working in their lives. In addition to personal retreat space, Lindenwood offers many exciting programs and retreat workshops for men and women. Take advantage of one of the wonderful workshops held at the conference center, or plan your own and utilize this beautiful space. You may wish to visit the bookstore at Lindenwood for faith based gifts, cards and books. Visit the website for up-to-date information and opportunities to experience the unexpected!


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MoonTree Studios is a community that challenges people to experience mindfulness as they fearlessly explore the interconnectedness of Art, Nature, and the Spirit within. Through participation in experiences held at the painting, or textiles, or wood/metal working, or clay studios, people can awaken their creative potential and sow the seeds for a more mindful, compassionate, and sustainable Earth Community. The MoonTree complex is U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Gold certified. MoonTree Studios is a place where skilled facilitators in a variety of creative disciplines impart wisdom where the process is more important than the product, the exploration is more important than the outcome.
These ministries continue the work of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in the Marshall County Community and beyond through those that are touched by all that is accomplished at The Center at Donaldson. We welcome you to