August 2, 2019

From the Archives

Rural Life Day in Bradford

In this photo, an outdoor Mass takes place as part of “Rural Life Day” at St. Michael Parish in Bradford in July 1949. Archbishop Paul C. Schulte is seen from behind. This event in the New Albany Deanery faith community included a field Mass, talks by clergy and laity on the needs of rural Catholics, a picnic, games and folk dances, and solemn benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The National Catholic Rural Life Conference was founded on Nov. 11, 1923, to serve the needs of Catholic farmers in America. Local “Rural Life Days” are among the events sponsored by the conference, which still occur today in some areas of the country.

In this photo, an outdoor Mass takes place as part of “Rural Life Day” at St. Michael Parish in Bradford in July 1949. Archbishop Paul C. Schulte is seen from behind. This event in the New Albany Deanery faith community included a field Mass, talks by clergy and laity on the needs of rural Catholics, a picnic, games and folk dances, and solemn benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The National Catholic Rural Life Conference was founded on Nov. 11, 1923, to serve the needs of Catholic farmers in America. Local “Rural Life Days” are among the events sponsored by the conference, which still occur today in some areas of the country.
 

(Would you like to comment on or share information about this photo? Contact archdiocesan archivist Julie Motyka at 800-382-9836, ext. 1538; 317-236-1538; or by e-mail at jmotyka@archindy.org.)

 

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