Rural Issues

2019 National Conference for Rural Catholics

25/05/2018 12:00 pm

The Fifteenth National Conference for Rural Catholics takes place 25-27 February 2019, Sarum College, Salisbury. The conference includes includes talks by 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 and Sarum College’s rural ministerial training 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 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.

Where?

Sarum College
19 The Close
Salisbury SP1 2EE

Sarum College has beautiful accommodation, set in Salisbury’s historic cathedral Close. Book soon to be sure of a room.

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.

Cost?

Single rooms £235, double £402. Non residents £25 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
P: 01747 870228
E: rwhm274@btinternet.com

Programme

Monday 25 February

Time Details
15:30 Arrivals and Coffee
16:00 The View from Parliament - Neil Parish MP, Chairman, EFRA Parliamentary Committee
17:00 TBC
17:45 Evening Prayer
18:15 Dinner
20:00 The Rural Post Office - Ed Rigg (Tisbury PO)
21:15 Compline

Tuesday 26 February

Time Details
08:00 Morning Prayer & Mass - St Osmund's
08:30 Breakfast
09:30 Sarum College's pastoral training programme for rural ministry - The Rev. Paul Burden
10:30 Coffee
11:00 The Changing World of Farm Machinery - Colin Smart, MD Smart Agricultural Services Ltd. (John Deere & JCB)
12:30 MDO
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Fish Farm visit, guided tour of Salisbury, or leisure.
16:00 Coffee
16:30 TBC
17:45 Evening Prayer
18:15 Dinner
20:00 Bruce Tozer: Agricultural Finance & the Environment
21:15 Compline

Wednesday 27 February

Time Details
08:00 Morning Prayer & Mass - St Osmund's
 08:30 Breakfast (please vacate your room by 9.30)
09:30 Lord Talbot, The Paper Farmer
10:30 Coffee
11:00 David Waters: Reintroducing the Great Bustard to Wiltshire
12:00 Business Meeting
12:30 Angelus and lunch
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Booking Form

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Booking form for the 2019 National Conference for Rural Catholics.