Catholic Rural Life Updates


Catholic Rural Life has been speaking out about the unique and essential vocation of farming for over 90 years, but we always appreciate when other people help spread the message.








February 6, 2015


Our mission is to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America.


 CRL helps rural people shape their futures and lead lives of dignity and piety

by providing spiritual, educational and advocacy assistance.









You are the Light

of the World


LORD Jesus Christ, You are the true Light enlightening every soul born into this world.


Help us to realize, this day and every day, that our daily work, if it is done for love of You and in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, will be a supernatural work, and will shine brightly before You for all eternity.


You are the Light of the world, shining in the darkness of our times.


Help us to live in that Light, to make it our own, and to kindle it in the souls of others, increasing the area of light and lessening the darkness in the world.


Then we, too, working for You shall be light-bearers who will help to spread Your kingdom on earth, and increase the number of those who dwell in heaven, the city of eternal light. Amen.


Pope Francis: Humanity cannot exist without farmers


Catholic Rural Life has been speaking out about the unique and essential vocation of farming for over 90 years, but we always appreciate when other people help spread the message.


Especially when that other person is the pope.


At a recent papal audience, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the agricultural vocation. Visit our new blog to learn more about the pope’s remarks, and share the blog post via social media!


capitolFarm & Nutrition Priorities for CRL in 2015


Catholic Rural Life, as a member organization of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, collaborates to determine and advocate for the coalition’s priorities. For 2015, our federal policy priorities include: 

  • Bolstering beginning and socially-disadvantaged farmer programs;
  • Laying the groundwork for Crop Insurance reform;
  • Growing and defending voluntary Conservation programs;
  • Expanding federal support for Farm-to-School activities.

This last item is linked to a priority with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. The Act must be reauthorized by September of this year: see the Backgrounder at the USCCB Agriculture & Nutrition webpage.


We are currently updating the Ethical Food and Agriculture section of our new website where we’ll provide more information about these priority issues. We’ll be watching as Congress moves forward on debating and approving a budget for the next fiscal year. It remains crucial to secure adequate funding for the necessary farm, conservation and nutrition programs we support in the spirit of sustainability and fairness.


Immokalee workerAction Alert: Help protect farmworkers from pesticides


It’s been 20 years since the only rule protecting farmworkers from agricultural pesticides was put into effect. The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to revise it, but they are moving slowly. Many watchdog groups think it’s been long enough. 


CRL is spreading the word about a campaign to keep pressure on EPA to strengthen the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and better protect the country’s two million farmworkers and their families from the harms of pesticides.


The campaign’s deadline for EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to act is August 18, 2015 — exactly 20 years after the WPS were put in place in 1995 — to put these new protections in place.

Send a message to EPA via the Pesticide Action Network.


Faith, Food & the Environment


Catholic Rural Life is facilitating this initiative that will lead to a new understanding of the vocation of agricultural leaders.


Visit the Faith, Food and Environment website to learn more.


Check out the Presentations page for video links.



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Jonathan Liedl 

Communications Coordinator

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