Oblate Profile

Jackie Burns
Lives in Delaware, OH
Tell us something about yourself

"A missioner is someone who goes where they are needed, but not necessarily wanted; they stay until they are wanted but no longer needed." I think of this Maryknoll definition of missioner as a guide which defines my lifework as I transitioned from a seasoned corrections professional with many years in the system to become a strong advocate for those impacted by incarceration, intent on being a Christ presence and to act accordingly as I listen with the ear of my heart.

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Why are you an oblate?

When I left corrections in 1997, I spent nine months at Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Crookston, MN as a volunteer and to glean spiritual sustenance in preparation for the work I was being given to do, be a voice for those silenced by incarceration. During this time, I studied under the direction of Sr. Mary Ann Stuart, Oblate Director and became an oblate in October, 1998. I found the Rule of St. Benedict to be a set of guidelines that needed to be shared with the incarcerated.

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Wallingford, connecticut
Lewiston, NY
Delaware, OH
Millsboro, DE
Brevard, NC
Fiddletown, CA
Pittsfield, PA
Wausau, WI and Edmonds, WA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
West Seneca, NY
Kent, OH
Akron, Ohio
Youngsville, PA
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Northampton, MA
Fredonia, New York
Erie, PA
Ellsworth, Maine
Glenside, PA
Erie P.A.
Livonia, MI
Saint Charles, Missouri
Aurora, NY
Meadville, PA
Kent, Ohio
Bay Village
Belvidere, New Jersey
Erie, PA
Willoughby, Ohio
Youngsville, PA
Medina, Ohio
Tonawanda, New York
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania