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Seminarians Visit Farms, Learn About Rural Challenges

As part of a Rural Ministry Practicum, seminarians visit farms and learn about the issues rural communities face. Each August, we team up with Saint Paul Seminary to offer a week-long Rural Ministry Practicum course. We begin by introducing seminarians to Catholic social teaching on agriculture, rural communities, and care for creation. We hear from guest speakers on rural pastoring experience and Hispanic ministry.  Then seminarians visit a farm. The experience provide future priests with a new awareness of the rich and unique life that exists in rural communities, as well as the challenge that rural communities face.