Fr. John Rausch, Appalachian Christian Ministries (#114)
Fr. John Rausch of Appalachian Christian Ministries speaks passionately about the beauty of the mountains and of the people and the culture and explains why, despite the area’s problems, he has hope for its future.
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Rausch is affiliated with Appalachian Christian Ministries and is a member of the Glenmary Home Missioners, an organization of priests whose mission is to work in poor areas with low Catholic populations. As the holder of a master’s degree in economics, Rausch specializes in issues of economic and social justice. In addition to hands-on projects like starting a co-op to help parishioners find financial independence by growing and selling herbs, he writes a monthly column that is carried in Catholic papers across the nation and has lectured in several countries about the role of the church in marketplace issues.