Part of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, the Bishops' Conference has a working group that focuses on rural issues. Sometimes the Church is most visible as a Church of towns and cities yet many Catholics in England and Wales attend rural parishes or urban parishes with large rural areas. Although the focus often falls on agriculture, rural ministry encounters many challenges from flooding and diseases that threaten animals/food supplies to the plight of rural migrant workers and Single Farm Payment registration for diocesan-owned farms. The Working Group on Rural Issues organises an annual conference to closely and proactively examine these and other issues.
The bishop with responsibility for rural affairs is the Rt Rev Seamus Cunningham, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.
Fr Robert Miller
Secretary, Working Group on Rural Issues
t: 01747 870228