What We Do

FEEDING THE HUNGRY
Trinity Hills is a working production farm, with sheep, goats, chickens, and donkeys. As of April 2, 2016, we have donated more than 35,556 eggs to local organizations.
HELPING THE HOMELESS
We provide a place to live, within a family setting, for persons in need. Our guests share in the work of our house and farm, developing their own unique talents and assisting us in serving others.
RETREATS
We offers retreats to a variety of different organizations, from parishes to Boy Scouts. In the past, one hundred people have been able to come to Trinity Hills as part of a single group.
SOCIAL MINISTRY
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Mission

Trinity Hills is a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, established on March 25, 2011—the Feast of the Annunciation. We are a center for prayerservice, and Christian formation, and our efforts are deeply inspired by Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day, co-founders of the Catholic Worker movement. Located in unincorporated Greene County, Trinity Hills is about a twenty minute drive from Springfield, MO.

Every day, the staff at Trinity Hills prays the Liturgy of the Hours for the intentions of our Bishop, Pope Francis and all those who have asked us to pray for their particular needs. If you have a prayer intention, please contact us.

All of the images on this website were taken on the Trinity Hills property, and a full portfolio can be found at our gallery. Trinity Hills, a working farm, is rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and promotes the Apostolate of the Laity.

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BOOKS IN OUR LIBRARY
4202
PERSONS SERVED
408
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Caring for God's Creation


The James River
Several branches in the James River go through the property, and the river is accessible to all who come to Trinity Hills.
A Place for Restful Contemplation
The hermitage is on a bluff, providing a wide view of the surrounding river and forest. It offers a rustic way to spend time in the presence of God and his creation.
126 Acres of Beauty
There are 126 acres of land in total, including four walking paths, which go to the hermitage, pond, river, and arena.
One of only 150 registered American Jacob breeders
The Jacob Sheep is a rare and unimproved breed that has survived with little human selection and is descended from an ancient Old World breed of sheep. They can have up to six horns.
Marian and Saint Jude Grottos
Our two grottoes, located on two ponds, offer an environment for quiet contemplation and reflection. Marble plaques and manicured trees and plants are at both ponds.
35556
CHICKEN EGGS DONATED
120
LAYING HENS
40
JACOB SHEEP
5
GOATS
2
DONKEYS

OUR TEAM


 

Nicholas Lund-Molfese, Director

Nicholas Lund-Molfese, Director

Nicholas Lund-Molfese serves as Director of Trinity Hills and the Office of Social Ministry for the Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau.  He is the editor of two books, author of more than twenty-five articles and has given many invited academic lectures. He has also written for The Mirror, the diocesan newspaper.

He received his Juris Doctor and Masters of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Illinois in 1994. After graduation he worked as an attorney at Prairie State Legal Services in Rockford, Illinois for two years.

As an Assistant Professor in the Administration of Justice department at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, Nicholas taught graduate and undergraduate courses in morality, ethics and law.  While teaching, Nicholas and his wife, Christine, started the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Worker House and Farm, which assisted women in crisis pregnancy and situations of domestic violence.

Immediately prior to coming to the Diocese, Nick served the Archdiocese of Chicago for over ten years in a number of different capacities, including: Director of the Office for Peace and Justice, Director of the Integritas Institute for Ethics at the University of Illinois, and Coordinator of the Ministry in Higher Education Agency.

Christine Lund-Molfese, Coordinator

Christine Lund-Molfese, Coordinator

Christine Lund-Molfese was born in San Antonio, TX, at Fort Sam Houston, the daughter of an army surgeon in the Vietnam War.

She grew up on 5 acres of serene countryside near Rockford, Illinois. While attending Marquette University for undergrad studies, she worked on the streets feeding the homeless and took at-risk children on field trips to the zoo.

Transferring to the Franciscan University of Steubenville to finish her junior and senior year, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health and Human Services in 1993. After college, she worked at Janet Wattles Mental Health Center in Rockford as a crisis counselor in the Triage Department, with the mentally ill, but left that position to work full time on the Youth Ministry Team for the Diocese of Rockford. She coordinated Mother-Daughter Teas and gave chastity talks to hundreds of junior high and high school teens. In addition to sharing in the work of Trinity Hills, she has the privilege of raising seven children. Her heart is moved by seeing the oppressed liberated and she enjoys walking alongside them.

Catherine Lund-Molfese, Farm Manager

Catherine Lund-Molfese, Farm Manager

Catherine Lund-Molfese arrived at Trinity Hills a little over four years ago. Shortly after that, she researched chickens, and purchased sixty-six Rhode Island Red chicks. Five months after that, ten Jacob Sheep arrived, and then Catherine went to pick up ten goats. Catherine is the overall manager of the farm, responsible for all of its animals, and final decisions.

She appeared in The Mirror, the diocesan newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, to celebrate the donation of Trinity Hills’ ten thousandth egg. Catherine has also been featured in Ozark Farm & Neighbor’s “Youth in Agriculture” column.

In addition to keeping all the animals fed & healthy, Catherine is always learning new things about them. Catherine is always happy, and proud, to show off the intelligence and unique personalities of all the animals—even the chickens! Catherine is home-schooled and currently in seventh grade.

Clare Lund-Molfese, Administrative Assistant

Clare Lund-Molfese, Administrative Assistant

Clare Lund-Molfese primarily handles the Trinity Hills budget and manages expenses. She is also responsible for some of Trinity Hills’ correspondence, and can be frequently found as the lector at Monday Mass. Additionally, she often works on the odd jobs; constructing fencing, fixing electrical problems, or crawling in the attics. After working for three years as a co-Farm Manager with Catherine, Clare is now transitioning the farm duties to Gianna Lund-Molfese as she focuses on schoolwork and other responsibilities. Clare is home schooled as a sophomore in high school.

Gianna Lund-Molfese, Farm Assistant

Gianna Lund-Molfese, Farm Assistant

Gianna Lund-Molfese currently trains under Catherine, learning how to properly care for the animals, and will eventually take over as farm manager. She enjoys working with the animals and helps with the indoor and outdoor chores whenever she is needed. Gianna is currently home-schooled, in fifth grade.

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