Tag: Farming

A Farmer’s Wedding; Congratulations Dale & Brooke Gerringer

Farming is a dignified calling, and yields some marvelous correlations for marriage and family life.  Jennings County Indiana is populated with one family farm after another.  During two of my years as Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, I served as pastor for two small parishes in Jennings County, and the vast majority of parish families were farmers.  Yesterday I returned to this rural community to preside at a wedding for Dale Gerringer and Brooke Caudill. Dale is the youngest of three, having two older sisters.  Privileged to preside at the weddings of his two sisters, I completed […]

The Greatest Gift Of All; Our Salvation

Yesterday, a nice group of people gathered at the Miles Land Ranch southwest of Casper for the second annual Rural Life Mass and celebration.  I’m very grateful to the three ranch families that sponsored this year’s gathering; Jim & Peggy Price, Randy & Vernita Marton, and Roy & Kathleen Jarrard.  They did a super job from planning, preparation to welcoming all of our guests, and the clean up was well underway by the end of the day.  Their hospitality was incredible! All pics can be viewed here. I would judge from the number of cowboy hats […]

Catholicl Rural Life Issues Press Release in Response to Papal Encyclical on Environment

Papal Encyclical Affirms “Vocational” Approach to Agriculture, Says Director of Catholic Rural Life June 18, 2015 WASHINGTON (June 18, 2015) – Pope Francis’ widely-anticipated teaching document on environmental concerns, Laudato Si’, was published today, with big implications for farming and food production. “This encyclical underscores how farming isn’t solely an economic endeavor,” said Jim Ennis, the executive director of Catholic Rural Life, a 92-year old non-profit dedicated to applying Catholic social teaching to agriculture and other rural issues. “Rather, it needs to be thought of in a much broader framework, with ethical, social, environmental, and even cultural dimensions […]

Mass For Ranchers, Farmers & Families

This notice is way in advance, but I’m very excited about offering a Mass this August for Ranchers, Farmers and Families.  As many of you know, one of my joys of being a bishop is serving as the President of Catholic Rural Life, an organization dedicated to promoting the Church’s teachings on behalf of agriculture, care of the environment, and supporting the Catholic Church in Rural America. In August, The Diocese of Cheyenne will be happy to host Mr. Jim Ennis, the Executive Director for Catholic Rural Life.  Jim will be present for the Mass […]

Farming: An Invaluable and Irreplaceable Vocation

The following reflection appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Catholic Rural Life‘s magazine. The issue focused on “The Agricultural Vocation.” If you’re interested in purchasing this issue, I encourage you to visit Catholic Rural Life’s online store. Over the past few years, I have been meeting with a group of ranching families in Wyoming. I wish to get to know them better, as well as to better understand the unique challenges they face in ranching today. I recently met with them and gave a presentation on the life of Catholic Rural Life’s founder Archbishop O’Hara and […]

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