National Catholic Rural Life Conference


October 31, 2012


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Our mission is to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America.
 NCRLC helps rural people shape their futures and lead lives of dignity and piety by providing spiritual, educational and advocacy assistance.






A Prayer for All Souls


DEAR Lord, we remember the men and women who worked on the land. They knew the meaning of hard work, and they knew the joy and peace that is the product of labor. Now we trust they know the peace and happiness of everlasting life with You.


These men and women labored most of their lives to supply the food and nourishment necessary to sustain human life. We pray they rest eternally in the life that You, Lord, came down to earth to give those who follow You.


Dear Lord, bless those who labor now in the fields and hills where these dear dead have worked. Grant that we may remember them with charity and kindness, walking reverently in the ways that they have left behind them. Amen.




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NCRLC expresses our concern for Hurricane Sandy victims


NCRLC executive director Jim Ennis expressed his heart-felt concern for all those affected by the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and convergence of storm systems hitting the East Coast. 


"NCRLC asks all our members across the country to pray for all who are suffering as a result of Hurricane Sandy, especially those in rural communities," said Jim Ennis, NCRLC executive director. "Pray also for the protection of all first responders. St. Isidore and Maria, pray for us."


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2012 Farm Bill petition: 

Time to push Congress


Can Congress still finish a farm bill this year? There is a short window of time for Congress to complete a new bill when they return to Washington, DC after Election Day. This will be the critical time for all of us to tell them loud and clear:  we need an equitable, sustainable 2012 Farm Bill
NCRLC is part of a major grassroots effort in collaboration with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to make our voices heard. Sign onto the citizens' petition today. And please mark your calendar for a national day of action on November 15!



Food Policy Action launches website


Many have heard about our Ethics of Eating campaign and efforts to make more people aware that eating is a moral act. Our network members may be interested in a new website that will highlight the importance of food policy and to promote many of the policies that NCRLC promotes through our Ethics of Eating campaign.


Known as Food Policy Action, the goals of this initiative are to support healthy diets, reduce hunger at home and abroad, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, support local and regional food systems, and reduce the environmental impact of farming and food production.



Festival of Faiths Conference; Louisville, Nov. 14-18


The Festival of Faiths is an annual event that celebrates religious diversity in our communities and strengthens the role of religion in society.


This year's festival theme, "Sacred Fire: Light of Compassion", brings together people from different faith traditions to discuss issues of importance to their faith life and their daily life, and to engage in common action to promote the good of our communities and environment.


 The Archdiocese of Louisville and NCRLC are co-sponsors of this annual event. Click here for more information.




Upcoming Conference on Migration Advocacy in 2013


Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding a national conference on Dec. 3-5, in Atlanta, Ga. This conference will examine migration from federal, state and local perspectives, and will discuss methods for advancing the migration policy agenda of the Church in 2013 and beyond.


The conference is designed to interest diocesan staff and Catholic Charities, men and women religious, parish ministry leaders, priests & pastors, and lay members of the Catholic community.

Click here for more details and how to register.


New Commentary on website!

"Challenges Lead to Renewal in Rural Ministry" By James Ennis
Jim "Every summer my family and I go camping to be renewed and re-energized in spirit by a fresh contact with God's beautiful creation. This summer was no exception as we traveled to the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the beautiful shoreline of Lake Superior. One of the planned activities was an eight-mile round-trip hike to a pristine mountain lake. The hike included a variety of terrain with some difficult paths through thick forest and over steep rocky mounds.  Sprinkled throughout the journey were periodic outlooks where you could see for miles around. Each outlook filled us with awe and inspiration at how far we had come and also of the majesty and presence of God ("The heavens are telling the glory of God..."1). " Read More. . .
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Kara Storey                                             Bob Gronski

Program Coordinator                         Policy Coordinator

(515) 270-2634 ext. 12                      (515) 270-2634 ext. 13