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“Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man.” 

– St. Theresa of Avila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (Feast Day: Oct. 15)




Day of Action, October 22


The deadline for Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act (CNR) is now. The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 expires on Sept. 30, and Congress has yet to pass a new version of this bill (also known as the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization, or CNR).  

We’re joining together with our partners across the country and members like you during National Farm to School Month to celebrate the benefits of farm to school and to tell Congress that it’s time to finish CNR and strengthen the USDA Farm to School Program. Make your voice heard: Join us in calling on Congress to pass a strong CNR that supports farm to school across the country! Make sure your legislators know that farm to school is a common sense approach to child nutrition that empowers kids and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.



Bishop Pates Hosting Event for Members and Friends


CRL may be headquartered in Minnesota now, but we certainly haven’t forgotten our many friends and members in Iowa. As an opportunity to reconnect with them, we’ll be having a dinner in downtown Des Moines at the end of the month. Bishop Richard Pates, a former CRL board member, is co-hosting the dinner, and he’ll reflect on Laudato Si and its call for an “integral ecology.” CRL executive director Jim Ennis will also speak.

The dinner is Wednesday, October 28 at the Des Moines Marriott, and it will begin at 6 PM. There is no cost, but we do request a reservation no later than October 21. So RSVP today by contacting Beth Hyser at or give us a call at 651-962-5955. We hope to see you there!





Strengthening the Church in the Countryside 

Pastors in rural areas often have their hands full, juggling responsibilities at multiple parishes that are located many miles apart. That’s why CRL has created the Life in Christ Lay Leadership program, a comprehensive effort to train, empower, and provide ongoing support to lay people who want to bring the faith alive in their parishes. Read more about the program and how you can bring it to a church near you.




Scientific and Theological Views to Be Included


A panel of experts–from both the secular sciences and theological studies–will discuss “Lessons from Laudato Si: Climate and the Common Good” in New England this November. The event, sponsored by the Diocese of Providence, will be held on November 12 at Providence College. 

Bishop Thomas Tobin will provide an introduction before presentations are made. Presenters include a professor of ocean engineering and a hydrologist for the National Weather Service, as well an environmental ethicist and a professor of theology.

The discussion will be moderated Bill Patenaude, a friend of CRL and the author of Visit the diocese’s website to learn more about the event and pre-register today!



Award Given to Two Grassroot Groups

The Food Sovereignty Prize recognizes that hunger is caused by a distribution problem. Worldwide, there is 1.5 times enough food for every person on the planet, and yet over a billion people are without food.

By honoring grassroots, community owned, democratically controlled cooperatives like Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras, this rewards those who fight again land grabs, racism, hunger and institutionalized violence, all of which are the norm in our current food system.





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