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Catholic Social Action Contact:

Tony Stieritz – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Dayton Office
Sara Seligmann – Regional Director

Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH  45409
Phone: (937) 281-4124
Fax: (937) 341-5036

Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH  45365
Phone:  (937) 498-1192
Phone:  (937) 281-4124 ext. 5015

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Rural Life Ministry

Eating is a Moral Act
Why the Farm Bill Matters to All of Us

Come learn about the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, a major piece of legislation that affects farming, nutrition and anti-hunger efforts, including SNAP and food banks, as well as forestry, conservation and rural programs.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Archdiocese – Sidney Office
119 E. Water Street, Sidney, OH  45365
RSVP: or call (419) 953-4411
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Center
819 Kenton Street, Springfield, OH  45505
RSVP: or call (513) 546-3143
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A farming family near Carthagena, Ohio, will welcome Bishop Joseph Binzer of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, as well as area Catholics and neighbors to this year’s Rural-Urban Mass Thursday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m. The Bishop will say Mass at Doug and Sarah Franck’s Farm, 5750 Carthagena Rd, St. Henry, Ohio. Some seating will be provided, but individuals attending Mass should consider bringing lawn chairs. At Mass Bishop Binzer will present Catholic Century Farm Awards for the Sidney and St. Marys Deaneries. The award recognizes Catholic families who have continuously farmed the same land for 100 years or more. Blessed water and soil will be distributed at the Mass. Please bring a Holy Water container, if possible. Parishioners from St. Aloysius will host the Mass and provide refreshments.

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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.” The conference:

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

Ohio CRLC Website This site provides Rural Life resources such as rural life prayers, legislative updates, Catholic social teaching and more!

National Catholic Rural Life Conference (NCRLC)