Rural Issues

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

Rural Issues

2019 National Conference for Rural Catholics

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.

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