Catholic Rural Ministry

Catholic Rural Ministry provides pastoral care to people through home visits, community retreats, spiritual workshops and youth-building activities.

The goal is to help meet the needs of the parish community, encourage youth to serve their community, conduct community needs assessment and to spiritually support parish communities.

Potter and McKean counties


Spiritual Support      
Reflection Afternoon for Women
Evenings of Prayer and Reflection
Visitation – homebound, hospitals, nursing homes
Telephone ministry

Parish Support and Resources
Faith sharing
Presentations – Parish meetings and organizations
Consultants to Religious Education Teachers
Formation of faith communities
First Friday communion calls

Bradford Deanery Youth
Vocation Awareness Program

Social Needs in the Community
Clothing, food and furniture distribution to the poor    
Area Agency on Aging Board Member
Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board Member
Ombudsmen for Nursing Homes and Hospital

Pastoral Outreach
Ecumenical collaboration


Catholic Rural Ministry
Potter and McKean counties
472 Sartwell Creek Road
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Sr. Mary Hoffman, OSB
Sr. Phyllis Schleicher, OSB
(814) 544-8017

Oil City Deanery


Adult Spiritual Support      
Enrichment days
Evenings, afternoons of prayer and reflection
Deanery wide overnight retreat
Visitation, telephone ministry
Spiritual Companioning

Parish Support and Resources
Faith sharing
Presence and support of parish meetings and organizations
Professional support to Religious Education Directors
Catechist/Lay formation and enrichment courses/programs
Formation of faith communities
Communion Services as requested-nursing home
Pastor support and encouragement

Oil City Deanery Youth
Vocation Awareness Programs
Celebration of Catholic Schools Week
Celebration of Religious Women Week
Sacramental retreats
Grade level retreats with parent component
Service Programs: (e.g. Catholic Heart Workcamp)

Social Needs in the Community
Connecting those in need with area resources
Board member - St. Elizabeth's Center

Prison Ministry
Spiritual enrichment program
Metanoia team
Communion services as requested

Ecumenical Collaboration
Board member Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County
Various religious celebrations


Catholic Rural Ministry
Oil City Deanery

Sr. Justine (Tina) Geiger, RSM
Sr. Marian Wehler, OSB
(814) 677-2032