CRL Chapters

A Catholic Rural Life Chapter is a group individuals committed to upholding and supporting rural Catholic culture. A CRL Chapter is a part of a family of chapters around the country. With both the national CRL office and the local diocese behind them, they maintain with firm and unbending conviction that genuine rural culture is a priceless and utterly essential bulwark of a healthy, flourishing, community. A CRL Chapter seeks to foster and celebrate rural Catholic culture in their local area.

There are local chapters of Catholic Rural Life throughout the United States. These chapters put on events and work in the local community with both CRL members and non-members to further our shared mission.

See the information below to learn if there is a chapter in your area. The chapters are listed in alphabetical order by state and diocese.

Don’t see your community represented? Find out more about the background and how to start a CRL chapter here and contact us at If we have inadvertently missed your community in the list below, please let us know at


CRL Springfield
Diocese of Springfield, Illinois
Office of Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries
Donna Moore


CRL Davenport
Diocese of Davenport, Iowa
Social Action Department
Deacon Dan Freeman, Kent Farris


CRL Des Moines
Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa
Social Justice Consortium, Rural Life
Deacon Luke Tieskoetter
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CRL Salina
Diocese of Salina, Kansas
Rural Life Commission
Rev. Richard Daise, Rev. Brian Lager, Tom Murphy
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CRL Owensboro
Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky
Social Concerns Office
Deacon Richard Murphy, Billy Bray
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CRL Maine
Diocese of Portland, Maine
St. Joseph and St. Rosa of Lima Parish
Rev. Paul Dumais, Max Becher
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CRL St. Cloud
Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota
Catholic Charities, Office for Social Concerns
JoAnn Braegelman (East), Barb Ryan (West)
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CRL Metuchen
Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey
Catholic Rural Life Ministry Office
Rev. Michael Saharic
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CRL Cincinnati
Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio (North District)
Catholic Social Action
Becky Kunkler
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CRL St. Martin Deanery
Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio
Catholic Social Action
Pat Hornschemeier
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CRL Columbus
Diocese of Columbus, Ohio
Catholic Charities, Office for Social Concerns
Jerry Freewalt
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CRL Portland
Diocese of Portland, Oregon
Office of Justice and Peace
Matt Cato
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CRL San Angelo
Diocese of San Angelo, Texas
Rural Life Committee
Deacon Charlie Evans, Deacon Floyd and Martha Schwartz


CRL Victoria
Diocese of Victoria, Texas
Catholic Rural Life Committee
Rev. Stephen Vacek, Deacon Larry Hoelscher
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CRL La Crosse
Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin
Catholic Rural Life Committee
Deacon Bob Zietlow
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CRL Madison
Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin
Catholic Rural Life Committee
Tom Nelson, Fr. Bernie Rott, Fr. Jim Murphy