CRL magazine celebrates its members and mission

By Catholic Rural Life on May 20, 2014

CRL magazine celebrates its members and mission

Spring 2014 edition is now available

The newest edition of the Catholic Rural Life magazine celebrates the historical roots of the organization, as well as Spring 2014 Coverthe members who help CRL’s mission flourish today.

Entitled “Sowing Seeds: Celebrating 90 Years of Ministry in Rural America”, the Spring 2014 issue includes some exceptionally informative and impactful articles, highlighted by a “Q&A” with Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. Cardinal Dolan, who wrote a published biography on Archbishop Edwin V. O’Hara, CRL’s founder, provides incredible insight into the history of CRL, the connection between the Church and the countryside, and the continued importance of CRL’s work–all with his typical pluck and charisma.

The interview with Cardinal Dolan leads nicely into a profile of several current CRL members. These folks come from different parts of the country and different walks of life, but they’re all committed to supporting CRL and its work on behalf of rural communities, sustainable agriculture, and stewardship of creation. The piece provides a nice reminder that CRL’s members are the backbone of the organization and all the work it does.

One example of that work is the Vocation of the Agricultural Leader project, an initiative CRL is launching in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The project aims to create a set of resources that fuse Church teaching on food and the environment with practical steps for implementation. The first big event of the project, the “Food, Faith, and the Enviornment” symposium, which will take place in St. Paul, Minn., in November, is highlighted in the magazine. The article includes the perspectives of two agricultural leaders–a moral theologian and a Farmers Union official–who will be in attendence.

In addition to these feature articles, the magazine also includes pieces focusing on the pros and cons of the recently passed Farm Bill; a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer program that connects American farmers with their counterparts in East Africa; and, of course, all the latest news and developments from Catholic Rural Life.

If you’re already a member, the magazine will soon be in your mailbox.

If you’re not yet a member, now might be the time to change that!


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