- Aug 3, 2020
While only a dozen people attended at the annual St. Isidore Day May 15 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina, the audience — and hopefully awareness — of the event reached beyond those in attendance.
Thousands of farmers across Minnesota and the country have been hit by repercussions of the economic slowdown — and in several cases shutdown — of meatpacking plants because of outbreaks of COVID-19.
A rural life novena to St. Isidore, patron saint of farmers, begins May 7 and ends May 15, the saint’s feast day.
Making a living as a farmer in the United States has never been easy. But the coronavirus pandemic has added new layers of complexity for farmers and the people living in the small towns that dot the rural landscape.
Catholic Rural Life ministry is nothing new, but it had gained a new energy in the past few years as new chapters of the organization emerge and more intentional outreach is provided to nurture the faith in rural vocations.
Few people might have noticed it, but Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, conducted a series of rural roundtables in 2018 and 2019 to take the pulse of Americans living in the heartland.