New Officers for the Salina Diocese Catholic Rural Life Commission.
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.