About Us

Catholic 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.

Offering:
Adult spiritual support

Enrichment days
Evenings, afternoons of prayer and reflection
Deanery-wide overnight retreats
Visitation, telephone ministry
Spiritual companioning

Women from New Bethlehem/Crates gather for the annual rosary retreat.

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
Pastor support and encouragement

Giving staff inservices to teachers of St. Stephen and St. Patrick Schools.

Oil City Deanery Youth

Vocation awareness programs
Celebration of Catholic Schools Week
Celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week
Sacramental retreats
Grade level retreats with parent component
Service Programs: (e.g. Catholic Heart Workcamp)
Local and global - Catholic social teaching

Social needs in the community

Connecting 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 Ministry

Spiritual enrichment program
Metanoia team

Ecumenical Collaboration

Board 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 US

Catholic Rural Ministry, Oil City Deanery
7 Pulaski St., Oil City, PA 16301
(814) 677-2032

Co-directors:
Sr. Tina Geiger, RSM
e-mail: Srtinag@gmail.com

Sr. Marian Wehler, OSB
e-mail: marianwehler@yahoo.com


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
Americas (sistersofmercy.org).