About UsCatholic Rural Ministry of Oil City Deanery, serving Clarion and Venango and parts of Crawford and Forest counties, provides pastoral visits to the sick and homebound, spiritual education for youth and adults through reflection days and retreats, Bible studies, prison ministry, and vocation and mission awareness. Together with ecumenical collaboration, this ministry provides to families in need such social support services as food; clothing; assistance with rent, utilities and transportation; and referral information to area agencies. The primary goal of Catholic Rural Ministry is to bring "Hope and God’s Compassionate Presence" to all.
Adult spiritual support
Evenings, afternoons of prayer and reflection
Deanery-wide overnight retreats
Visitation, telephone ministry
Women from New Bethlehem/Crates gather for the annual rosary retreat.
Parish support and resourcesFaith 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
Pastor support and encouragement
Giving staff inservices to teachers of St. Stephen and St. Patrick Schools.
Oil City Deanery YouthVocation awareness programs
Celebration of Catholic Schools Week
Celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week
Grade level retreats with parent component
Service Programs: (e.g. Catholic Heart Workcamp)
Local and global - Catholic social teaching
Social needs in the communityConnecting those in need with area resources
Board member - St. Elizabeth's Center
Pastoral presence at parish Masses and events
Sister Marian Wehler, keynote, joins Clarion University students at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration. (Photo courtesy of the Clarion News)
Prison MinistrySpiritual enrichment program
Ecumenical CollaborationBoard member Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County
Various ecumenical activities
Sr. Tina visits with Rod and Rita Hartle, who are volunteers at Forest State Correctional Institution.
CONTACT USCatholic Rural Ministry, Oil City Deanery
7 Pulaski St., Oil City, PA 16301
Sr. Tina Geiger, RSM
Sr. Marian Wehler, OSB
Sr. Marian is a member of the Erie Benedictine Sisters of Mount Saint
Benedict Monastery (eriebenedictines.org).
Sr. Tina is a member of the Sister of the Sisters of Mercy of the