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JOIN US FOR A FARM MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP SCHNURR: SEPTEMBER 5!
On Friday, September 5, at 7:00 pm, the St. Martin Deanery Catholic Rural Life Conference is organizing a Farm Mass at the farm of Randy Louiso, located at 276 Unity Rd, West Union, Ohio 45693. The host parish will be Holy Trinity in West Union. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will celebrate this Mass during which we will pray for God’s continued blessing on our local farm families and the vitality of our rural communities. All are welcome! Bring a chair, if you can. For more information, please contact the office or Pat Hornschemeier at 937-378-4769 (day) or 937-378-4560 (evening).
Catholic Century Farm Registry
The heritage of family farming for a century is something to be celebrated. The Catholic Rural Life Conference of St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries is now accepting applications for the 2014 registration for the Catholic Century Farm Registry. Click here for information and an application for the registry.
Ohio Catholic Rural Advocated on the U.S. Farm Bill in 2013
Dioceses throughout the state are calling for a farm bill that helps family farms, protects productive and fragil lands, reforms out-dated farm subsidies, provides fair and adequate food assistance for the hungry both in the U.S. and abroad. To learn more, click here.
What is Rural Ministry. . .
Dedicated parishioners, priests, religious and bishops join together in a common purpose to the rural church, rural people, and their communities. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is served by two Rural Life Conferences, which operate under the auspices of the Catholic Social Action Office: The Catholic Rural Life Conference of St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries and the St. Martin Rural Life Conference. These conferences educate and assist parishes and parishioners about rural life concerns by identifying needs, providing resources and advocating a moral perspecitvie.
The St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries Rural Life Conference covers Darke, Mercer, Auglaize, Shelby and Miami Counties. For a brochure of information on this organization, please click here.
The St. Martin Rural Life Conference is organizationally located within the St. Martin Deanery and meets regularly at St. Mary Church in Arnheim, Brown County. The St. Martin Deanery covers five counties in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati: Adams, Brown, Clinton, Highland, and the western portion of Clermont. For brochure of information on this organization, please click here.
Check out this January 2012 article from The Catholic Telegraph to learn about the work of the conference and to meet one of the farm families involved: “Catholic farm families share gifts and challenges of rural life.”
Experience a “Rural Plunge!”
Both Archdiocesan rural life conferences offer immersion experiences for parishioners and students from inner-city and suburban parishes into rural communities. These enlightening opportunities expose participants to the joys and struggles of local farm families and provides them with a greater appreciation of rural life values and the source of food. To learn more, download the Rural Plunge Brochure.
Ohio Rural Life Conference
This site provides Rural Life resources such as rural life prayers, legislative updates, Catholic social teaching and more!
National Catholic Rural Life Conference (NCRLC)