Board of Directors

Catholic Rural Life is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of clergy and lay persons, drawn from diverse backgrounds and representing different parts of the country.

Dr. Christopher Thompson

Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Director of the Center for Theological Formation

St. Paul, Minnesota


Most Rev. Edward J. Weisenburger

Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona


Sister Esther Mary Nickel, R.S.M.

Religious Sisters of Mercy

Jackson, MN

Anne Cullen Miller

President, Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota

Mendota Heights, Minnesota


Rev. Larry Snyder

Vice President, Vocation for Mission for University of St. Thomas

St. Paul, Minnesota

Most Rev. Brendan Cahill

Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria

Victoria, Texas

Kelly Spiering


Powell, Wyoming

Most Rev. Robert Gruss

Bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota

Most Rev. John Folda

Bishop of the Diocese of Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Max Becher


Ojai, California

Anthony Granado

Director, Office of Domestic Social Development USCCB

Washington, DC

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