Catholic Rural Life (CRL) is a national, Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside. Since 1923, we have been applying the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America, strengthening and sustaining the Church in the countryside by educating and inspiring leaders and advocating on their behalf.

Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, CRL is a membership-based organization, comprised of dedicated bishops, laity, and religious who are joined in a common effort to serve the rural Church, rural people, and their communities.

While the issues that affect rural communities have changed over the decades, CRL’s commitment to rural America has never wavered. Today, we advance our mission through three distinct but inter-related Areas of Impact:

Ethical Food and Agriculture

Advocating and educating for a more just and sustainable food supply, from the farm to the kitchen table.

Rural Outreach and Ministry

Revitalizing the spiritual, social, and economic well-being of America’s rural communities.

Stewardship of Creation

Instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility for the natural world, now and for generations to come.