Thank you Sister Marian

Thank you Sister Marian Wehler

From the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections July 2022 Correctional Chaplaincy Update

We thank and bid a warm farewell to Sister Marian Wehler who is bringing her service as a Contracted Chaplain at SCI Forest to a close.

Sister Marian began as a contracted chaplain in 2011 at the encouragement of Rev. Glenn McQuown, FCPD at SCI Forest at the time. “Rev. McQuown encouraged me and Sister Clare Marie Beichner, SSJ, so much as he wanted to offer more opportunities for the inmates to receive Catholic enrichment," said Sister Marian. Later it was Sister Tina Geiger, RSM, who accompanied Sister Marian to SCI Forest. “I am grateful that Rev. McQuown worked things out so that we could spend time with the inmates on spiritual enrichment as well as to collaborate with other volunteers to offer Metanoia retreats on a yearly basis."

Prior to becoming a contracted chaplain, Sister Marian visited FRS as a volunteer to encourage the inmates and witness to the unconditional love God has for them. A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Sister Marian serves through Catholic Rural Ministry of the Diocese of Erie via the Oil City Deanery. In this capacity, she collaborates with other parishes to reach out to the poor, youth, adults, the sick and those in prison.

“It is so hard to let go when I feel so dedicated to this work,” noted Sister Marian. “I really received so much from the guys at Forest. They strengthened my faith. I don’t know if I could handle being in prison as they do. Many found God during their time as inmates. When they would tell me that they know I come not because I have to, but because I want to, it always warmed my heart. But I can only do so much. I need to let go of this important ministry as I am being called to attend to other needs in the area where I serve."

Sister Marian, a Certified Chaplain through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, earned a BS in Elementary Education from Villa Maria College (Erie, PA) and taught for many years in Elementary Schools in St. Mary’s, and Kersey, PA. She also spent seven years teaching English, Scripture and Geography in Arusha, Tanzania and was the Pastoral Care Director and Chaplain at Elk Regional Hospital and Pinecrest Manor, in addition to a number of other ministries and educational settings.

Thank you, Sister Marian, for your compassionate service to the incarcerated and we wish you well as you focus on other areas of ministry.