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Rural Life Ministry

Welcome! Here, you will find details on the following Rural Life programs for the Diocese of Green Bay. 
  pdf View our Rural Life insert from The Compass News.  (1.92 MB)

Contacts for Rural Life Programming

Peter Weiss | Living Justice Advocate/Program Manager

Phone: (920) 272-8321
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Catholic Charities
Bona Hall, P.O. Box 23825, 1825 Riverside Drive, Green Bay, WI 54305 


2020 Rural Life Essay & Drawing Contest

Winners will be chosen among these categories: Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, and Grades 6-8. Winners receive a Culver’s Gift Card and their entries will be published in the Rural Life Issue of The Compass.

  pdf View Contest Flyer (1.64 MB)

Rural Life Days 2020 - POSTPONED 

 The two rural life day events have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Schedule and Ticket information: 
10:00 am - Mass and blessing of soil, seeds, animals, and machinery
11:30 am - Lunch (See ticket information below.) After lunch speaker: Fr. John Girotti.
Lunch Ticket Info: Tickets for the meal must be purchased seven days in advance of the event from the host parish. Cost of the ticket is $10 each. Tickets are obtained by mailing, calling or emailing the host parish.

About the  featured speaker:
Fr. GirottiFr. John W. Girotti is a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Ordained in 2002, he was a parish priest for many years before earning a degree in Canon Law in 2015. Currently, he serves as Vicar for Canonical Services for the Diocese of Green Bay.  As a pastor, Fr. Girotti served in four rural parishes in Tigerton, Marion, Wittenberg, and Leopolis and he currently serves as priest celebrant at Holy Rosary Parish in New Holstein. Although he grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee, he has fallen in love with rural ministry because “I learned how to be a priest and pastor there.” He regularly teaches and speaks about the Catholic Faith, helping Catholics and those of other faiths to better understand and to follow the Way of the Lord Jesus.

Questions and Additional Information:
Contact the Host Parish or the Diocese of Green Bay Office of Living Justice at (920) 272-8344 or toll free within the diocese at 1-877-500-3580 ext. 8344. Partially funded by the Bishop’s Appeal.

  pdf View Event Flyer (1.48 MB)

 Rural Life Scholarship

The Rural Life Scholarship is a scholarship worth $500 sponsored by the Rural Life Committee of the Diocese of Green Bay. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial aid for an aspiring student going into the agricultural field. To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must meet the following criteria.

  •  Pursuing post-secondary education that results in serving the agricultural community in their chosen profession
  •  Be an Active Member in Their Parish Community
  •  Exhibit Leadership Qualities
  •  Receive Recommendation from Pastor, Pastoral Leader, or Religious Education Coordinator

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must submit both the application and the Pastoral Recommendation Form (both can be found below as fillable PDF’s).  The application deadline is March 15, 2020.  If you have questions, please contact Peter Weiss (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 920-272-8321).