By Debby Stricker
A farm rich in family history and the Catholic church was selected for the Diocese of Belleville Blessing of The Harvest.
Bishop Michael McGovern and other clergy came to the RO-AN farm in rural Venedy Friday to bless the harvest, machinery, and animals, as representative of all agriculture in the Diocese.
People attending brought seeds, produce, tractors,and even a trailer of cattle to be blessed.
Clergy attending the Blessing were Fr. Robert Zwilling, Diocesan Rural Life Coordinator; Ft. Nick Fleming of St. Liborius/Holy Childhood, Mascoutah; Fr. Andy Knopik of St.Ann’s Nashville; Fr. Paul Weinhoff of Corpus Christi, Shiloh; Father Von Dieke of St. Joseph, Freeburg/St. Agatha, New Athens; Deacon Corby Valentine of St. Joseph, Freeburg; Deacon Richard Olson and Deacon Gary Mueller of St. Nicolas, O’Fallon; Deacon John Hempen of St. Paul, Highland; Deacon Daniel Cozzi of Holy Childhood, Mascoutah; Ft. Christopher Anyanwu of St. Anthony, Lively Grove/St. Barbara, Okawville.
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