50th Anniversary Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern

Written on: April 26, 2018

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern. Sister Marian Adrian was asked to speak about the work of the Ministry and the impact she has seen on the community throughout the many years of her involvement.

Sister Marian was appointed executive director of the Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern in 1991. The organization grew out of the Migrant Ministry committees of the churches in the area during the 1950’s. They served the seasonal migrant workers who came to the area, primarily to harvest the crops. Later, as machinery took over many of the jobs, those families settled in the area and faced a new set of problems including finding employment, housing, and feeding their families. The Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern was founded to work with the economically poor, and was incorporated in Albion, NY in 1968. Sister Marian was instrumental in re-establishing the Salvation Army’ Orleans County Service Unit and connecting the two organizations to provide assistance to the most needy in the Genesee-Orleans-Wyoming county area of New York State.

In the video below, Sister Marian tells of the many families and individuals who have been helped through the efforts of the Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern.  If you would like to know more about this ministry, please visit their website: www.MinistryofConcern.com


One thought on “50th Anniversary Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern

  1. Chris Risley Wagner says:

    I was called and told of Sister Adrian’s passing earlier today. I was in several of her classes at Holy Angels, and came with her the first several summers she spent in Albion. She and I corresponded and visited over the years on trips back from California, and I last spoke with her in April after the pandemic began. There should be a great celebration in heaven at her coming, for she was a giant of a person in both faith and service to the working poor. She was also a brilliant woman and wonderful teacher, yet her greatest lessons were about sharing one’s gifts. I cannot see a Red Kettle without making a donation and sharing a thought of how much of an inspiration she was throughout my life. What a life well done!

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