“I work at CRL because it is where I can live out my passion for Christ and His Church and also get to work with farmers and ranchers from around the country. The Catholic Church affirms all who are involved in agricultural production and who help bring food to our tables. I have been working with farmers and ranchers for over 20 years, and for the last 11 years with CRL! It’s a blessing to combine my faith and interest in food, agriculture and the environment.
I feel a tremendous responsibility to be a good steward of the organization and to help CRL serve the rural Church in ways that can inspire the next generation of men and women to take their faith in Christ seriously and to use their gifts and talents for the glory of God and for the good of their communities.”
“I am in a unique position to offer others an opportunity to participate in the great work that we do: to tangibly build the Church in rural and agricultural communities is not insignificant.
I have the tremendous blessing of meeting and becoming friends with some of the best people on the face of the earth! People who are intentionally and faithfully living out their faith, those who work incredibly hard and sacrificially to feed the world, those who really see and appreciate God’s creation in a personal way and those who are simply warm and charitable.”
“I have been cultivating a love for rural throughout my life. When I went to college in North Dakota, I became friends with people of great faith, many of whom hailed from family farms across the country. There my love grew for people in rural communities, the hardships they face and the beautiful faith they practice.
One of the best parts of my job is to connect with new and existing members. I love being a part of creating a community of faith-filled members all working toward one common mission: growing the faith in rural America. I have seen the loss of faith in my generation, especially those from rural and farming communities, and I want to be a part of its regrowth and ignition.”
“I love the work I do with CRL because it corresponds to my heart: the mission of building faith in rural America, as well as advocating for local, sustainable farming practices, is something I have been wanting to participate in for a long time. I have a passion for beauty and I love to highlight God’s beautiful work, so I am grateful to have the opportunity to do this in my own work: writing, editing and designing CRL’s publications.”
JoAnne Parks, Bookkeeper