The Diocese of Green Bay's Rural Life Committee meets the pastoral needs of families in rural areas by:
- planning an annual Rural Life Day celebration
- performing legislative advocacy on rural issues
- advocating for needs of parishioners in rural areas in diocesan planning
- working closely with the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.
Diocesan liaison: Deb Wegner-Hohensee
Phone: (920) 272-8286 or 877-500-3580, ext. 8286
Rural Life Day | March 20, 2018, Brillion | March 22, 2018, Shawano | 10:30 a.m.
|All are invited to celebrate and support Rural Life 2018 in the Diocese of Green Bay at one of the two celebrations. Rural Life Day is an opportunity to:|
Collections taken at Masses go to scholarships for students pursuing a degree in a field supporting rural life.
March 20, 2018, Brillion
Where: Holy Family Parish
Mass Celebrant/Homilist: Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert Morneau
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Luncheon Tickets: Meal tickets must be purchased seven days before the event by mailing, calling or emailing Holy Family Parish:
March 22, 2018, Shawano
Where: Sacred Heart Parish
Mass Celebrant/Homilist: Bishop David Ricken
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Luncheon Tickets: Meal tickets must be purchased seven days before the event by mailing, calling or emailing Sacred Heart Parish:
NE Wisconsin Native and Broadcaster Pam Jahnke to Speak at Luncheon
Pam JahnkeNortheastern Wisconsin native Pam Jahnke will be the luncheon speaker. Jahnke learned the farm work ethic growing up on her family's 200-acre dairy farm. She was active in 4-H and FFA, serving as a 4-H camp counselor, a dairy exhibitor in county fairs, and Oconto County's Dairy Queen.
Jahnke studied broadcast journalism and agriculture at UW-River Falls. In October of 1990, Jahnke became farm director in Madison and grew her farm broadcast from a single station in Madison to today's statewide 23-radio station WI Farm Report Network, plus daily reports on Madison's CBS affiliate WISC-TV.
In 2010 she was named president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and the Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 2013.
2018 Resources | Posted as Available
Fox 11 News Report | Bear Creek | Rural Life Days 2017 offers blessing for farmers
2018 Rural Life Essay and Drawing Contest
Students in grades 1-3, 4-5, and 6-8 will be invited to write an essay or draw a picture on a theme to be announced later. Winning entrants will receive a Culver's gift card and their entries will be published in the Rural Life Issue of The Compass.
2017 Rural Life Scholarship Winners
Derek SchmidtElizabeth BekkersElizabeth Bekkers and Derek Schmidt received the 2017 Rural Life Scholarships.
Elizabeth Bekkers, a member of St. James Parish in Cooperstown, received the scholarship check from Jim Wavrunek of the Rural Life Committee May 24, 2017, at the Denmark High School awards ceremony.
Derek Schmidt, a member of Holy Family Parish in Brillion, received the scholarship check from Greg Bohman of the Rural Life Committee May 24, 2017, at the Brillion High School awards ceremony.
2017 Rural Life Drawing Contest Winners
1st Place | Ben Staudinger, St. Mary/St. Michael School, Clark Mills
2nd Place | Josh Afshar, Notre Dame School, De Pere
3rd Place | Zach Nelson, Notre Dame School, De Pere
1st Place | Abby Jerdee, St. Mary Church, De Pere
2nd Place | Brooke Heran, St. Mary/St. Michael School, Clark Mills
3rd Place | Brenna Englebert, Notre Dame School, De Pere
1st Place | Riley Westlund, Holy Trinity School, Casco
2nd Place | Danica Gagne, Holy Trinity School, Casco
3rd Place | Paige Selner, All Saints School, Denmark
2017 Rural Life Essay Contest Winners
Grades 4 & 5
1st Place | Theresa Martin, All Saints School, Denmark
2nd Place | Malena O'Rourke, All Saints School, Denmark
3rd Place | Sophie Bienapfl, All Saints School, Denmark
1st Place | Maya McManus, Notre Dame School, De Pere
2nd Place | Delaney Gallagher, Notre Dame School, De Pere
3rd Place | Anneliese Cuene, Notre Dame School, De Pere
Grades 7 & 8
1st Place | Morgan Hmielewski, Holy Cross Parish, Kaukauna
2nd Place | Sophie Smidel from Holy Rosary School, Kewaunee
3rd Place | Cameron Cullen from Holy Rosary School, Kewaunee
Essay & Drawing Contest Winning Entries
Harvest Ideas 2017
Rural Life Committee members gratefully share memorable ways to celebrate God's wonderful blessings, the harvest, Thanksgiving and the bounty of Northeast Wisconsin, including festivals, recipes, prayers, and games.
Harvest Ideas Download Flyer
Seasonal Prayers for the Rural Life Community
Prayers from Catholic Rural Life (CRL), a national, Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside.
Continuing a long tradition this October, Massachusetts Citizens for Life will honor Respect Life Month with our Annual Massachusetts March for Life around Boston Common on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 1 to 4pm.
The day begins with a brief pre-march rally at the Parkman Bandstand with musicians and pro-life speakers, including Cardinal Seán O’Malley, to energize the crowd before we set off on a joyful march around the perimeter of the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common.
Various Massachusetts organizations dedicated to supporting the physical and emotional needs of pregnant women and children in crisis will benefit from the proceeds raised at the March. See a list of participating organizations below:
- Massachusetts Citizens for Life
- Friends of the Unborn, Quincy
- Operation Rescue, Boston
- Heartbeat, Burlington
- Learn Your Options, Boston, Fall River, and Hyannis
- Bethesda House, North Pembroke
- Archdiocese of Boston Pro-life Office (incl. Project Rachel & Pregnancy Help in Brighton, Brockton & Natick)
- Diocese of Fall River Pro-life Office
- Diocese of Worcester Respect Life Office
- Diocese of Springfield Pro-life Office
- Problem Pregnancy of Worcester
- Abundant Hope, Attleboro
- First Concern Pregnancy Resource Center, Clinton
- Birthright of Framingham
- Birthright of New Bedford
- Problem Pregnancy of North Quabbin
- New Direction Pregnancy Center, North Adams
The March is an inspiring opportunity for pro-life supporters of all ages to give public witness to their belief in the value and sanctity of all human life. We can also celebrate the gains we have made in the respect for life, including a decrease in the numbers of annual abortions in Massachusetts by half over the past couple of decades.
Please come join us for a day you will always remember and send a clear message to the world that we value life in Massachusetts!
As we do each year, we’ll be asking marchers to support a variety of Massachusetts organizations that provide pro-life services of various kinds.