When some of the nation’s largest and most important Catholic organizations come together in Washington, D.C., in early February for the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, Catholic Rural Life will have a seat at the table.
Or rather, a table at the gathering.
Catholic Rural Life will host a Meeting and Luncheon at the event from 11 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturday, February 7. CRL executive director Jim Ennis will present at the luncheon, along with board member Dr. Christopher Thompson, academic dean of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. The session will be a focus group with Catholic Social Ministry Directors.
“This is a great opportunity to share our work and mission with a wider audience,” said Ennis. “We need to make people aware of not only the challenges facing rural communities, but also what we can do to overcome them.”
CRL will also have a display table throughout the four day event, which is scheduled for February 7-10 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. Attendees will have the opportunity to take home some of CRL’s publications and to learn more about CRL’s work in the American countryside.
The theme of this year’s Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is “To Go Forth: Encountering Christ in the Heart of the World.” The gathering brings together thousands of Catholics from across the country who work in ministries at parishes, dioceses, and college and university campuses.
The gathering is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and 16 other national organizations, including Catholic Rural Life. The gathering seeks to equip leaders and rising leaders in the Church to bring the voice of faith into the public square.
Visit catholicsocialministrygathering.org to learn more about the event and to register as a participant.