Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 263-6691 – Andrew
Phone: (513) 263-6690 – Tammie
Fax: (513) 421-1582
Sara Seligmann – Regional Director
Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH 45409
Phone: (937) 281-4124
Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator
Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH 45365
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Rural Life Ministry
RURAL-URBAN MASS – 2020 – CANCELLED
The Rural-Urban Mass that was to be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7:00 p.m. at the farm of Keith and Odessa Boeckman, Ft. Recovery, OH has been cancelled. Catholic Century Awards will be presented to eligible Catholic families who have farmed the same land for 100 years at a regular scheduled Mass in early fall. More details to come.
Century Farm Awards
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Catholic Rural Life of St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries would like to honor Catholic families who have farmed and nurtured the same land for 100 years or more. Recipients of these awards will be honored at the 2020 Rural-Urban Mass. For St. Marys and Sidney information and application click here.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Catholic Rural Life Conference of St. Martin Deanery would to like to honor Catholic families in the deanery who have had the same farm in their family for 100 years or more. There is a short application to fill out and a copy of the original deed is needed and can be found at the county courthouse. Click here for the necessary information and application. The deadline for filing the registration is May 31, 2020. The awards will be presented at the annual Farm Mass in September.
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:
- Assists parishes in organizing “rural life masses” and other observances
- Provides liturgy resources for rural parishes
- Promotes prayer, healing and reconciliation
- Monitors state and national legislation; advocates and prepares statements and provides legislators with resources on rural issues.
- Provides parishes with resources on farm, rural and environmental issues.
- Monitors and influences land use and development planning
- Works for credit and lending for farmers
- Advises and updates the Archbishop and the Catholic Social Action Commission.
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!
Click Catholic Rural Life for national information.