From Potter and McKean Counties: SBEC Donors Outside Erie

Catholic Rural Ministry in the Erie Catholic Diocese covers 13 churches and seven pastors in Potter and McKean counties. Sister Phyllis Schleicher,OSB, and Sister Mary Hoffman,OSB, are a compassionate presence in the entire area, working at serving people in need.

The sisters, along with parishioners, are attentive to how they might help people in their area and Saint Benedict Education Center (SBEC), one of the ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. Aware of the needs of people in these two locations local parishioners attend auctions and household sales looking for the specific items to be passed on to others. Some people contribute from their own surplus or family member’s homes.

Because Sister Phyllis and Sister Mary’s home is so small, parishioners Gertie and Julian Baldoni house many of the accumulated items until they are distributed. The Treasures & Such participant store at SBEC is often the receiver of the donations that have been collected. Once they have gathered a significant amount another parishioner, Jackie Burdick, loads her car and delivers them to Erie on her way to work at UPMC Hamot Hospital. Often the sisters themselves pack items into their vehicle and, on one of their many trips to Erie, stop at SBEC to leave the “treasures”.

We are grateful to Gertie, Julian and Jackie, and to Steve Eidion, Jean and Dick Crowley, Marge and Dick LaBella, Mary McCaique, and to all the parishioners in Potter and McKean counties for their response to Catholic Rural Ministry and their continual help with enhancing the items at Treasures & Such here in Erie.

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