Rural Ministries

Parishes like Families

Our 22 rural parishes are often keystone organizations in their communities, and have unique opportunities to make an impact through local outreach programs.

“We share love and hope with our neighbors in Valdez,” said Fr. Eric Wiseman. “Our next-door neighbor is the Lutheran-Episcopal Church.  Last year both churches invited families living on the street we share to a BBQ picnic. During Advent we all host a “Walk to Bethlehem”—each church takes part in one chapter of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter.”

Our rural communities face many challenges, but they have an important local impact through faith and service. “Loving in deed and truth is shown as St. Francis Xavier prepares to move the Valdez Food Bank onto our vacant lot, which is located in the residential area,” said Fr. Wiseman.

How is your parish making a difference in your community?

Read more: How we Support our Rural Parishes, Missions, & Communities

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