spring harvest

Spring blessings reap harvest of faith among farmers

Father Andrew Sohm talked with farmers Marlan and Sherry Rolfes of Newcastle, Neb., after blessing their fields April 11.

NEWCASTLE, Neb. — For the past five years each spring and fall, Father Andrew Sohm has traveled the highways, two-lane and dirt roads to farms near the parishes he pastors, St. Peter in Newcastle and St. Joseph in Ponca.

He is busy blessing farmers, seeds and the harvest.

"It's a chance to get to know my parishioners well," said Father Sohm, who grew up on a farm near Danbury, Iowa. "Lots of priests have gotten away from blessing the seed, gotten away from the harvest."

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