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About Us


The National Catholic Rural Life Conference was founded in 1923 under the inspiration of Bishop Edwin Vincent O'Hara. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the organization is comprised of dedicated bishops, laity and religious who are joined in a common effort to serve the rural church, rural people and their communities. 



Our mission is to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America with responsibility for the care of God's creation. By providing spiritual, educational and advocacy assistance, NCRLC helps rural people shape their futures and lead lives of dignity.

While the issues facing rural communities may have changed or evolved over the past 80+ years, NCRLC's commitment to Catholic rural America hasn't wavered, placing an emphasis on challenges facing Rural Outreach and MinistryStewardship of Creation and Agriculture and Food.



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