Deacon Michael’s Corner

Parish Mission
October 23-25, 2022
7:00pm nightly

Presenter Tom Smith (a favorite at St. Benedict) will facilitate a three-night mission following the lines of Sacramentum Caritas, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church’s Mission.

  • First Evening: The Eucharist, A Mystery to be Believed. Tom will lead us in exploring the Biblical roots of the Mass from the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation to deepen our appreciation and participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
  • Second Evening: The Eucharist, A Mystery to be Celebrated. Tom will explore all the parts of the Mass as a guide to deeper prayer and intimacy with God. The Mass models all the essential elements of personal prayer and can shape our individual and family prayer life.
  • Third Evening: The Eucharist, A mystery to be Lived. Tom will open our minds and hearts to see that the Eucharist/Mass is a “sending forth.”  We will explore how we can become living liturgies and carry the Joy of the Gospel to others, thus being an active member of the Body of Christ.

Our Mission is being made possible through
a generous grant from the Independent Catholic Foundation

Women’s Day of
Saturday, October 29, 2022
8:30am – 4:00pm

Nina Corona will present a day specifically for women to gather for fellowship, to renew their relationship with Christ, and to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. The event is open to all women in the diocese. Registration will be required since lunch will be provided. The Day of Recollection will be provided by the Permanent Diaconate and there will be no charge.

Nina possesses a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fordham University (Summer 2022), a Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from Muhlenberg College. She also attained education certification in alcohol and drug counseling from Villanova University.

Nina is the founder of We Thirst Ministries and the creator of the popular DVD series, We Thirst (Christian Reflections on Addiction). She is also the founder and executive director of AFIRE (Active Faith Implementing Relief in the Epidemic), a 501c3 nonprofit. Nina is the author of When on Earth: Discovering Christian Spirituality in the Daily Happenings of Ordinary Life (a book of reflections and illustrations) and Clear Bear (a children’s picture book).

Nina Marie Corona is a member of the Catholic Speakers Organization, She is also a lifetime member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, which recognizes individuals who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service.

Nina resides outside of Quakertown, Pennsylvania with her husband Mark who assists Nina with her ministries. They have been married for 39 years.

Bible Study

Deacon Michael’s Bible Study
Saturdays from 9:30 – 11:30am

Check the weekly bulletin
for class schedule

Foreign Mission Projects

As the pandemic forced churches to close and all prayer and spirituality meetings to cease gathering, St. Benedict Church took assertive action and redesigned our website to include Mass, special devotions such as the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross and many other links to enable the faithful to strengthen their prayer life and draw themselves closer to Christ during this difficult time.

The success of our website opened our spiritual programs to the world. We have been contacted by Christians in Africa, Pakistan, Uganda, Malawi, India, and many other parts of the world. Among the requests we receive are requests for rosaries, Bibles, and other prayer aids as well as financial support for children’s clothing, school supplies, and food.

If you would like to participate with a donation for this mission, please contact Deacon Michael at 814-288-3036 or

Reading List

Are you being called to
serve the church?

What is a
Permanent Deacon?

Read more about what
a Permanent Deacon does here.

View a series of short videos
about the Formation Process
in the Diocese of Altoona Johnstown here.

Find contact information here.