Members of the public are invited to attend the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Archdiocesan “Rural Life Sunday” service Sunday, June 23.

The service this year comes with a twist in that instead of being held at an ornate church within the archdiocese, it will be held at the family farm of Dick and Mary Jo Hruby in New Prague.

Set for 1:30p.m., the services hosted by the New Prague Area Catholic Community will include lunch following mass as well as music, children’s activities, hayrides and more. Freewill donations are being accepted.

The officiating priest will be Fr. Charles Lachowitzer. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs as seating will be limited.

In the event of rain, the service will be held in a large tent on the property.

Service host Dick Hruby has established ties with Belle Plaine. In 1971, Hruby began working for Marty Siemon as a mechanic until Hruby took over the family farm in 1980.

Hruby resumed working for John Deere in Belle Plaine in 2000 after he and his family decided to discontinue their dairy operation and continued to work there until he retired in the spring of 2015.

The Hruby farm is located at 31695 171st Avenue, New Prague.


From MN State Hwy. 19 in New Prague: turn south onto State Hwy. 13/21 and drive 4 miles. Turn right (west) on Le Sueur County Rd. 28 (also 320th St.) for 1 mile. Turn right and go .3 miles on Le Sueur Co. Rd. 143 (same as 171st Ave.). Hruby’s farm is the first driveway on the right. Watch for signs.

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