Catholic Rural Life

The purpose of the Catholic rural life movement is the upbuilding of country parishes, recognizing in the rural community an important source of urban as well as of country population. The movement aims at the economic, social, hygienic, cultural, and religious rehabilitation of Catholic rural communities in the United States. The Rural Life Bureau in the Social Action Department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference was established in 1921, with its office at Eugene, Lane Coounty, Oreegon, where it remained until January, 1929, when it was moved to the headquarters of the National Catholic Welfare Conference in Washington, District of Columbia. The Catholic Rural Life Conference was organized at Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1923, at the call of the Catholic Rural Life Bureau. The conference is governed by a board of 18 directors chosen from as many different states. Since its organization it has held annually a national convention for the promotion of the Catholic rural life movement. Its official organ is "Catholic Rural Life," a monthly established in 1921 as "Saint Isidore's Plow," and first issued at Eugene, Oregon; the name was changed in 1924; circulation, 2,582. Editor, Dr. Frank O'Hara, Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia.

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