RURAL CATHOLICS Fifteenth National Conference
RURAL CATHOLICS Fifteenth National Conference to be held at Sarum College, Salisbury from 25 to 27 February 2019. Booking forms available in churches, with full programme
What? If rural prompts a first thought of farming, please think again. Most Catholic parishes include rural areas, often packed with commuters and retirees,
with farmers increasingly rare. Those responsible for training priests and deacons may like to note this year we include a presentation on Sarum
College’s rural ministry training programme.
Why? Most of each diocese is rural, yet most parishes are based on a town. We try to bridge the gap. Small congregations are not failed larger churches, but God’s design for rural ministry. 2019’s conference includes the the MP who chairs the EFRA Parliamentary Committee, The Changing World of Farm Machinery, The Paper Farmer, Rural Post Offices, Re-introducing the Great Bustard, Sarum College’s rural ministerial
training programme, plus an option to visit a fish farm.
When? The Conference begins at 3.30 pm on Monday, February 25th, 2019 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, February 27th.
Who? Any Catholic – clerical, religious, lay – interested enough to come is welcome.
Attendees come from assorted dioceses. Behind this conference are Fr Harry Doyle (Lancaster) & Fr Robert Miller (Clifton). The CBCEW Bishop for Rural Issues is the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.
How Much?. Non residents £25.00 per half day includes lunch or dinner. Your booking form must be accompanied by your deposit, which is non returnable if you cancel within 30 days of the conference. Some people who attend are subsidised by parish or diocese.
More information? Contact Fr Robert Miller (01747 870228, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
An extra! Sarum College is offering a study day on Rural Ministry on Thursday 28th February and invites anyone interested to stay over and attend –
contact The Rev P Burden (email@example.com).