May 4, 2015


Our mission is to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, eco nomic, and spiritual development of rural America.

 CRL helps rural people shape their futures and lead lives of dignity and piety
by providing spiritual, educational and advocacy assistance.




Prayer for

Month of May



Dear God,

you are the Creator of all things;

all the goods of the earth are yours.


Teach us again how to feel the earth

and show us where we came from.


Ease all our questions, point us in the right direction,

and bring us home to You.


Dear Christ, you are always by our side;

You are always standing next us.


In the darkness, You send us your light;

You stand against the threatening tides.


Dear Holy Spirit, always protect and guide us.

Cover the earth with goodness and grace.


Bring us home to live and love in God's land. 



Novena for the Feast Day of
St. Isidore the Farmer 


The feastday of St. Isidore the Farmer is May 15. Along with his wife Maria, Isidore is recognized as an example of how to devote one's life to the land, in service towards others and as part of his deep devotion of our Heavenly Father.

As the patron saint to farm families and to Catholic Rural Life, St. Isidore can inspire our work here on earth. We invite our members and broad network to pray the Novena in Honor of St. Isidore, Patron of Rural People. We have a web version and a downloadable PDF available for your use. If you begin Day 1 on May 7th, then you can complete the Novena on May 15th.


St. Isidore, pray for us!

Continuing to care for creation after Earth Day


Grateful thanks to our members who took the opportunity to recognize Earth Day in the spirit of care of creation. Of course, our efforts do not end once April 22 comes and goes!


We remind our network that you can always take the St. Francis Pledge to pray, learn, advocate and more by visiting the Catholic Climate Covenant website. This is an important year to raise Catholic social teachings in respect to the environment and climate change.


Speaking of Catholic teachings on the care of creation, be sure to also check out the Catholic Climate Movement website. There you will find papal teachings, among other statements.


Finally, you can take action by contacting Congress and asking our elected officials to improve farming practices in the spirit of the care of creation. The Earth Day organization makes it possible to send an online message.

EXPO 2015 begins, sets stage for Faith, Food & the Environment Milan


EXPO 2015 launched this past Friday in Milan. The world expo will bring together millions of people from hundreds of countries from May to October. The theme of EXPO 2015 is "Feeding the Plant, Energy for Life."

The expo sets the stage for the international Faith, Food & the Environment symposium, which is being co-sponsored by Catholic Rural Life. The event will be held in Milan from June 27-28, with a community of international ag, faith, and ecology leaders in attendance. Read more about the build up to Milan 2015 here.


Social Action Summer Institute: Cherishing Creation, July 19-23

The Archdiocese of Portland will host the 29th annual Social Action Summer Institute on human and natural ecology July 19-23, 2015 at University of Portland.


The five-day national conference is organized by the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors in partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Offices of Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Justice Peace & Human Development, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services and JustFaith Ministries.

Prayer for Trees on Arbor Day

We beg You in Your goodness, almighty God, to pour the showers of Your blessing upon the sapling trees we plant and the budding trees which You have made. We are thankful that You have been so kind as to nourish with temperate weather and sufficient rain.


We ask You to bring the fruits of Your earth to full ripeness.  Grant, too, that Your people may always give You thanks for Your gifts, so that You may fill them that are hungry with the fruits of a fertile land and that the poor and the needy may praise the glory of Your name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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