Celebrating 100 Years - Catholic Rural Life

Join us May 8th, 2024
$125 per ticket
See table & sponsorship options below

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May 8th, 2024

Schedule of Events

1:15pmPresentation by Dr. James L. Nolan – What They Saw in America
2:15pmPresentation by Dr. Christopher Thompson – Another Way of Seeing
3:30pmMass at University of St. Thomas Chapel
5:00pmPresentation by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in Woulfe Auditorium
7:30pmPresentation by Monsignor James Shea
8:30pmSocial time


His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Archbishop of New York since 2009 and author of 11 books, including his seminal biography of Catholic Rural Life’s founder, Archbishop Edwin V. O’Hara (1881-1956) entitled, Some Seed Fell on Good Ground. Cardinal Dolan continues to cite O’Hara as his role model of an immensely effective bishop. In November 2013, Cardinal Dolan also completed a three year term as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His ministry and speaking engagements extend internationally.


Monsignor James P. Shea

Since 2009, Monsignor Shea has served as the sixth president of the University of Mary. He is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Bismarck, North Dakota, and co-author of the prophetic book, From Christendom to Apostolic Mission: Pastoral Strategies for an Apostolic Age. Monsignor Shea grew up on a dairy farm near Hazelton, North Dakota.


Bronze: $2,500

Includes eight registrations or one table, and your name at your sponsorship level is included in:

  • Event evening program
  • Event page on CRL website
  • Sign on post displayed during event

Silver: $5,000

Includes all the benefits of the Bronze level plus the following:

  • Display of the company logo rather than name
  • Name or logo on personalized sign to identify dinner table

Gold: $10,000

Includes all the benefits of the Silver level plus the following:

  • First to be served dinner
  • Wine offered during dinner
  • Static color logo displayed on projection screens during event

Platinum: $20,000

Includes all the benefits of the Gold level plus the following:

  • Entry to VIP meet and greet for three guests
  • Logo and/or name displayed in all event-related emails

Diamond: $30,000+

Includes all the benefits of the Platinum level plus the following:

  • A signed copy of Cardinal Dolan’s book, Some Seed Fell on Good Ground, for each sponsorship guest in attendance
  • Additional ten registrations for final event (at discretion of sponsor)

Thank you to our current sponsors


  • Kathy and Dean Janssen
  • James and Sally Ennis
  • Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota
  • Creamery Creek Holsteins, LLC
  • Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Minnesota Catholic Conference



  • Earl and Kathy Hoagland Fund
  • Emery and Karen Koenig
  • Catholic Home Missions (USCCB Subcommittee)

“There’s a rhythm of life that is conducive to spiritual vitality in the heartland and countryside.”
– Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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