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Sabelko family

Receiving the Strangers and Guests award from Bishop Callahan are (from left) Becky, Kris, Isaac, Kayna, Gabriel, Leah, Spencer, and Brittan Sabelko from Eau Galle.

“Care for the earth is a holy thing,” noted Bishop William P. Callahan at St. Joseph parish in Menomonie on Oct. 7 during the Mass at the 36th annual Diocese of La Crosse Rural Life Day celebration.

As bishop of one of the most rural diocese in the country, Callahan said he looks forward to the event every year. The main purpose of the event is to celebrate rural living, the good things that God has provided and honor individuals who have made significant contributions.

The oldest award is the “Strangers and Guests Award” which recognizes an outstanding farm family. The name of the award is from the bible noting that we are simply strangers and guests on the land we “own.”

This year’s winner was the Kris and Becky Sabelko family. “They emulate what is good,” noted Pam Baier in her nomination. “They are a true example of a faith-filled family,” she continued. In his acceptance, Kris deflected the praise showered on his family as simply “doing the right thing.”

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