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Rural Parish Workers in Fertile, Mo, consider prayer with the poor they serve an integral part of their mission. Rural Parish Worker Natalie Villmer, right, visited with Emily Spruell in her trailer home hidden in the woods. Spruell calls Villmer "Mom" as they have had a long relationship as the laywoman is helping her get back on her feet and reunited with her children.
Rural Parish Workers in Fertile, Mo, consider prayer with the poor they serve an integral part of their mission. Rural Parish Worker Natalie Villmer, right, visited with Emily Spruell in her trailer home hidden in the woods. Spruell calls Villmer "Mom" as they have had a long relationship as the laywoman is helping her get back on her feet and reunited with her children.
Photo Credit: Lisa Johnston

New outreach by the Rural Parish Workers

Health care and family services will augment the ministry, thanks to Annual Catholic Appeal

Programs providing medical services to working, uninsured rural residents in an impoverished area of the archdiocese and a witness to life across the street from an abortion clinic are funded by new grants from the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal.

Health care and family social services will be provided in rural Washington County through Catholic Charities of St. Louis to augment the ministry of the Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King. A medical clinic, staffed by a doctor working with volunteers, will be piloted on Rural Parish Workers property in Old Mines, and may set the stage for a Catholic mobile health clinic to also bring health care and social services to uninsured in and around nearby parishes.

The Rural Parish Workers, a group of lay women bound by religious vows, serve about 2,500 people a year, providing food, clothing, shelter and utility assistance.

Elsewhere, the Franciscan Sisters of Charity have moved to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Convent directly across the street from an abortion clinic in St. Louis. They offer a ministry of hospitality and prayer as a witness to life, love and mercy. The operational needs of this ministry of life will be met with the help of the Annual Catholic Appeal.

Brian Niebrugge, executive director of the Office of Stewardship and the Annual Catholic Appeal, said the two programs reflect two legs of the Church — prayer and action. “These two new efforts supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal are very forward-looking and expand the mission and ministry of the archdiocese,” Niebrugge said. as “they go to the peripheries as Pope Francis tells us, to the places where people need the help of the Church the most.”

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