Rural Life

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.

Our Goals:

  • Foster the spiritual formation of the people relating specifically to the vocation of farming.
  • Promote an economic environment that sustains family farms and rural communities.
  • Be an effective voice in the public forum for Christian values on rural issues.
  • Educate people on the social teachings of the Church as they relate to rural issues.
  • Create a structure that sustains the Rural Life Commission. 

St. Isidore Day celebrated with blessing of seeds, fields, animals

Atwood — A crowd of 125 people gathered to witness the blessing of seeds, soil, livestock and fields May 16 in honor of St. Isidore, the patron saint of farmers and rural communities. 
The day, sponsored by the Salina Diocese Rural Life Commission, was jointly sponsored by Sacred Heart Parish in Atwood, St. John Nepomucene Parish in Beardsley and Assumption of Mary Parish in Herndon.
  • St Isidore Days Blessing Steer belonging to Daisy Hawkins
  • the field blessing one
  • the goat blessing two
  • the goat blessing
  • bishop blessing
  • steer two
  • surefire five
  • surefire six
  • surefire ten
The day opened with Mass at Sacred Heart, with Bishop Edward Weisenburger presiding. During Mass, the bishop blessed soil samples from the fields and gardens, as well as seeds.
Following Mass and lunch, Daisy Hawkins’ 4-H steer was blessed by Father Richard Daise. Dogs owned by Karen Bolt were also blessed.
En route to the afternoon’s tour, the group stopped to bless a flock of dairy goats which began a few years ago as an FFA project belonging to Malory Horinek, as well as a  wheat field belonging to Dean Lankas.
The group toured Surefire Ag Industries, which was started about 10 years by three local residents of Atwood: Matt Walker Josh Walker, and Blain Gonzer. The home grown company develops the equipment, computer boards and software for application of fertilizer, chemicals and other processes for farm equipment. 
In addition they have adapted some of the equipment and computer controls to assisting in loading aircraft for aerial applications. They are a home owned industry with 16 percent of the ownership by the employees.

Members Appointed to Commission

The Salina Diocese Rural Life Commission welcomes two new members.  Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger recently appointed two new members to the Rural Life Commission of the Diocese of Salina.

Mr. Nick Levendofsky of Courtland, KS, was appointed to the Commission.  Mr. Levendofsky has participated in an international young farmers workshop in Europe and made a slide presentation on the workshop at the Rural Life Day last August in Cawker City.  His presentation was well received as was his enthusiasm for farming and Catholic Rural Life.  Mr. Levendofsky will be a welcomed addition to the Commission.

Bishop Weisenburger also recommended to the Commission and later made the appointment of Reverend Brian Lager to the Rural Life Commission of the Diocese of Salina.  Father Lager grew up on a farm near Angelus, KS, and wrote a dissertation on Catholic Rural Life while in the seminary at St John Vianney Seminary in Denver, CO.   Father Lager has attended most of the Rural Life Commission events since his ordination in 2012.  His knowledge and rural life background will be invaluable additions to the Rural Life Commission.

Welcome to both of our new members.  May God Bless you both.  St Isidore pray for us.


Name Rev. Richard Daise

Phone (785) 827-8746