CRL 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.

Most Rev. Brendan J. Cahill, President
Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria, Texas
Victoria, Texas

Most Rev. Robert D. Gruss, Vice President
Bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan
Saginaw, Michigan

Mr. Emery Koenig, Treasurer
Retired Vice-Chairman and Chief Risk Officer, Cargill Inc.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Ms. Cecilia Calvo, Secretary
Senior Advisor on Environmental Justice, Jesuit Conference
Washington D.C.

Most Rev. John T. Folda
Bishop of the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo, North Dakota

Most Rev. W. Shawn McKnight
Bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri
Jefferson City, Missouri

Rev. Larry Snyder
Vice President, Office for Mission, University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, Minnesota

Mr. Julian Heron
Owner, Tuttle, Taylor and Heron
Washington D.C.

Mr. Kelly Spiering
Farmer and Owner, Spiering Farms
Powell, Wyoming

Mr. Max Becher
Director of Parish Social Ministry, St. Joseph Parish
Farmington, Maine

Dr. John Cuddeback
Author, Professor of Philosophy, Christendom College
Front Royal, Virginia

Sr. Esther Mary Nickel, RSM
Religious Sisters of Mercy
Saginaw, Michigan

Mr. Michael Hirt
Director of Member Relations, Land O’Lakes Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana

Mr. Richard Coll, USCCB Observer
Director, Office of Domestic Social Development, USCCB
Washington DC


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