It all started with a chocolate cross

“It all started with a chocolate cross given to us March 8, first day of National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW),” Sister Marian Wehler of the Oil City Deanery Catholic Rural Ministry (CRM) recalled, “and we caught the bug.” In record time Sister Marian and her co-worker, Sister Tina Geiger, RSM, had planned an open house to celebrate their religious vocation, one as a Benedictine, the other as a Sister of Mercy. “We invited a few friends to help with the food and before long we had the multiplication of the ‘goodies’ with lots to share,” Sister Marian explained.

Friends, volunteers, Bible Study participants, retreatants, neighbors, prison volunteers, a walk-in stranger, three young women, and Rosary Society ladies joined together and celebrated with Sisters Marian and Tina during NCSW. “Flowers arrived from parishioners in St. Michael's, Emlenton and another centerpiece was donated by a local flower shop,” shared Sister Tina. “We were especially touched that two ladies even made the hour+ drive from St. Charles in New Bethlehem to show their gratitude.”

“It’s hard to explain the spirit and joy of the celebration but we truly felt the outpouring of goodness and love,” Sister Marian reflected. “Who would have thought a simple chocolate cross could have started such a memorable event?”

Catholic Rural Ministry in Oil City Deanery
Called to bring HOPE and GOD'S COMPASSIONATE PRESENCE to the people of Venango, Clarion and Forest Counties, the two Sisters in CATHOLIC RURAL MINISTRY serve through social outreach which includes: compassionate listening, advocacy, referrals and direct assistance to families in need, promoting a sense of care and solidarity with people of all faiths and offering spiritual enrichment program for youth and adults including spiritual support for inmates in area state prison. CRM marks its 10th anniversary this year.

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