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Rural Life Ministry
Come Pray at the Farm
Faith, family and farming will come together at the Rural Urban Mass Thursday, July 23, at Joe and Joanna Goettemoeller’s Farm in Botkins. Eleven families will receive the Catholic Century Farm Awards. For more information
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)