The Rural Life Commission serves the mission of the Church by promoting the care of God's creation and the welfare of the people who depend on it.
The Salina Diocese Rural Life Commissions announces the Vocation of Agricultural Leader Workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Salina and the Catholic Rural Life. The workshop will be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell.
This workshop is for anyone involved or interested in agriculture: producers, processors, consumers and anyone willing to consider how our Catholic faith informs all aspects of agriculture.
Farming is not easy work. Given the complexities of agriculture production: the natural elements, changing climate, global competition, and constant pressure to make a living while being good stewards of the natural resources -- there is a great need for ethical leadership in addressing these challenges and understanding our relationship to others, to God and to the environment.
The workshop will include a presentation of a newly release document titled Vocation of the Agricultural Leader. Most Reverend Edward Weisenburger will participate. Mr. Jim Ennis the Executive Director of Catholic Rural Life, is the keynote presenter.
New members on the Commission are Mr. & Mrs. Tom Murphy. Tom Murphy grew up in Gorham and attended Fort Hays State University. He spent 30 years in the livestock feed and production industry and the transferred to finance and eventually to computer support for John Deere. Tom and his wife, Jo, are both active in their parish and interested in Catholic Rural Life.
Recently appointed to the Commission was Ms. Justine Dlabal. Ms. Dlabal is a member of St Wenceslaus parish in Wilson. She grew up on a small farm near Wilson and was very active in FFA. She served as the Kansas FFA Treasurer. Following high school graduation, she attended Kansas State University and received a degree in Elementary Education. She teaches 4th grade at Wilson Elementary School.
The Salina Diocese Catholic Rural Life Commission met in Hays on December 3rd for their regular quarterly meeting.
New officers were elected. President, Tom Murphy, St. Joseph parish, Dorrance; Vice-President, Pete Lorenz, St John the Baptist parish, Beloit; Secretary, Fr. Brian Lager, Sacred Heart parish, Plainville; Treasurer, Janice Kruse, Sacred Heart parish, Seldon; Fr Richard Daise, Sacred Heart parish, Colby, is the Moderator for the Catholic Rural Life Commission.
Stepping down from President was Greg Stephens, Salina; and Nick Levendofsky, Belleville was the past secretary.
New president, Tom Murphy grew up in Gorham and attended Fort Hays State University. He spent 30 years in the livestock feed and production industry and the transferred to finance and eventually to computer support for John Deere.
Tom and his wife, Jo, are both active in Catholic Rural Life. "I have always felt that good Ag producers were the most environmentally conscious people and they're very connected to their God. I look forward to finding ways for Catholic Rural Life to continue to help people of the Salina Diocese to continue to grow in their faith and appreciation of God in their daily farming activities."
Catholic Rural Life meets quarterly and hosts two different events throughout the Diocese each year: On or near May 15th a St Isidore's Day Mass and blessing of the fields and flocks is held and a Rural Life Day is held on the second Sunday in August. The Rural Life Day includes hearing the stories and recognizing farm families with a Monsignor Weber Century Farm Award for families who have farmed their land for at least 100 years.
Bishop Edward Weisenburger serves on the national board of the National Catholic Rural Life.