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. Edward J. Weisenburger, President

Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona


Ms. Anne Cullen Miller, Treasurer

President, Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota
Mendota Heights, Minnesota


Dr. Christopher Thompson, Secretary

Professor, Moral Theology and Director, Center for Theological Formation
St. Paul, Minnesota


Most Rev. Brendan J. Cahill

Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria, Texas
Victoria, Texas


Most Rev. Robert D. Gruss

Bishop of the Diocese of Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City, South Dakota


Most Rev. John T. Folda

Bishop of the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo, North Dakota


Sr. Esther Mary Nickel, R.S.M.

Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan
Alma, Michigan


Rev. Larry Snyder

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


Ms. Cecilia Calvo

Senior Advisor on Environmental Justice, Jesuit Conference
Washington D.C.


Mr. Julian Heron

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


Mr. Kelly Spiering

Farmer and Owner, Spiering Farms
Powell, Wyoming


Mr. Max Becher

Farmer and Owner, First Steps Farm
Ojai, California


Mr. Anthony Granado, USCCB Observer

Director, Office of Domestic Social Development, USCCB
Washington DC