For more than 90 years, Catholic Rural Life has been a vital part of rural America. CRL has a national network of members, donors, and contacts including diocesan bishops, priests, women and men religious, social ministry directors, university faculty, non-profit and government workers, farmers, advocates for rural and environmental issues and supporters like you.
Here are some ways you can help the mission of Catholic Rural Life, and help promote the vitality of the American countryside.
By becoming a member, you support CRL’s mission of applying the teachings ofthe Church for the care of family farms, rural communities, and the created order. With your dues, you’ll also receive a complimentary copy of our Catholic Rural Life magazine, published 3-4 times a year, as well as invitations to events CRL participates in within your region.
As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generous support of people like you. Your contributions directly aid CRL’s work and programs, such as our Life in Christ lay leadership program, our Faith, Food & the Environment initiative, and our Catholic Rural Life magazine. Make a one-time contribution or make a re-occcuring donation–the choice is yours. Either way, know that CRL appreciates your support!
One of the most important ways of staying involved is staying informed: keeping track of the various issues facing rural communities, family farms and the stewardship of creation. Catholic Rural Life has a free e-bulletin that keeps you informed. Once you subscribe, you’ll receive a weekly email updating you on the most pressing issues facing the rural America and what CRL is doing to address them.
Rural life groups are grassroots efforts to address challenges facing rural communities from a parish level. Catholic Rural Life has actively supported the development and work of such rural life groups with great success, and we’re happy to provide a guidance for thinking about the purpose, structure, and role of these types of efforts.
To be a Green Ribbon church means to share a concern over the future of family farms. It also means to act decisively so that our nation retains a local, viable, and independent system of agriculture.
Here at Catholic Rural Life, we’re always looking for inspiring stories of faith in action in rural America. Know a farmer who strives to incorporate Catholic teaching into his or her work? Or a lay leader who goes the extra mile in rural ministry and outreach? These are the types of stories that we love to hear, and, in turn, share with our community of members in the Catholic Rural Life magazine. If you or someone you know is helping advance the teachings of Christ in rural America, we want to know about it!
Contact Morgan Smith, Director of Communication, to share your story: Morgan@CatholicRuralLife.org
CRL welcomes volunteers to help with:
- setting up Rural Life Days in your diocese
- outreach to nonprofit organizations creating jobs, training leaders, and fighting poverty in rural communities
- recruiting rural parishes and participants for our Life in Christ lay leadership program
- keeping in touch with CRL staff around regional/local issues affecting our rural communities
- raising money to support and expand our programs