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National Catholic Rural Life Office

may open local branch

By David Myers
Editor

The nearly moisture-free winter southwest Kansas has experienced stands as an ominous reminder of what farmers across the state contend with on a regular basis -- unrepentive weather patterns that can doom an entire season of hard work.

    And when combined with economic turmoil, the two can create particularly hard times for our nation’s growers.
    Soon, Kansas farmers may have a local advocate, one that is based in Church doctrine and established to help farmers by being a voice in times of natural and economic turmoil, by providing a place for them to turn for guidance, and by shining a beacon on the importance of the family farmer.
    Jim Ennis, Executive Director of the National Catholic Rural Life office, spoke with a group of farmers and community leaders in Salina Feb. 28 to explore the possibility of establishing a Kansas Catholic Rural Life office.
    “We want to strengthen our relationship with rural dioceses around the country,” Ennis told the Register from his hotel room in Washington, D.C., where he was speaking at a conference. “In the past, there have been rural life directors in many dioceses across the country. What’s happened is that over time, dioceses have had to consolidate and had to have their social justice director take on the rural life role as well. In many dioceses they are cutting back staff.”
    The result has been that many rural dioceses, including Dodge City, are left without any type of rural life office – without any representative who is designated entirely to deal with the difficulties facing the family farmer.
    “The national office wants to network its support with rural life commissions around the country,” Ennis said. “We want to support Kansas in whatever way we can.”
    Father Allen Scheer, pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina, is strongly involved with the Salina diocese’s Catholic Rural Life Commission.  
    “A local office could offer the benefit of working with the people of all the dioceses, keeping on top of issues that face the Catholics in the dioceses about rural faith issues and help promote parish life --rural life…,” he said.
    “Rural issues are important to the people of all the Catholic dioceses in Kansas,“ he added. “Hopefully they are being addressed in some manner. I’m not sure if a Kansas Catholic Rural Life Office is needed, but some avenue to address the rural life issues [is needed].”
    Father Scheer said that a Kansas Catholic Rural Life Office would benefit “a large group of people because it deals with issues of faith and agriculture, and all Catholic people of our dioceses are connected with these areas. It may be dealing with food issues, current agriculture issues, or issues in the faith lives of the people in rural areas and throughout the dioceses.”
    The Salina diocese’s Catholic Rural Life Commission’s focus is to “promote the stewardship of our land and resources through a faith perspective,”  Father Scheer said. “We do this by recognizing farm families who have operated their land for 100 years or more, encouraging activities celebrating St. Isidore Day, and holding informational meetings with speakers or panel discussions on a variety of issues.
    “The statewide organization may have many of the same goals or activities, but could be offered on a state level beyond the Salina Diocese.”
    Larned farmers Tom and Sheryl Giessel sometimes travel to Salina to attend the Rural Life Commission meetings.
    Tom Giessel suggested that a Kansas Catholic Rural Life Office might include the following topics, among many others.
    “Focus on local activity,” he said. “Organizations are most effective when individuals have the opportunity to speak out and relate things to what is happening at ‘home.’
“...Try to plan a local activity -- blessing of soils, seeds and crops.
 “Gather oral histories about the community and/or parish as it relates to our culture.
 “Develop educational opportunities -- share culture and arts such as braiding of palms and other things us old guys remember,” he added.
 “Create more community gardens with teaching about food (all aspects -- spiritual, cultural, historical...).”
    He also said that the office would be a place that would include frank discussion about the future.
    More information on the possible formation of a Kansas Catholic Rural Life Office will be included in a future edition of the SKR.
 
     

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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