MOUNT ANGEL — The 17th annual St. Joseph the Worker fundraiser — a virtual event this year — runs May 2-8. The money raised supports St. Joseph Family Shelter, Casa Adele Apartments and Mission Benedict Food Bank, all in Mount Angel.

All three are Catholic Community Services ministries in partnership with the Benedictine Sisters and others.

The Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel established the St. Joseph Family Shelter in 1988 as a ministry of hospitality in response to the Gospel message of care for those in need. Hospitality has been a foundational charism of the Benedictines since the beginning of the order in 529 AD.

In 2017, the sisters reached out to Catholic Community Services for help in sustaining the ministry.

Today, Catholic Community Services, the Benedictine Sisters, Mount Angel Abbey, the Exchange Club and other community partners work together to keep the shelter’s doors open to those families in dire need of shelter.

In 2017, the Catholic Sentinel reported on the transfer of the shelter, Casa Adele and Mission Benedict from the Benedictine Sisters to Catholic Community Services. “In the presence of community partners and long-time supporters, the sisters told the story of St. Joseph Shelter. Then, in a symbol of passing the light, a candle went from one group — Holy Names Sister Jane Hibbard, the Benedictines’ pastoral administrator; Benedictine Father Philip Waibel, pastor of St. Mary Parish; and Benedictine Father Vincent Trujillo, prior of Mount Angel Abbey — to another group — Catholic Community Services board members Scott Wiegal, Maria Palacio and Lynda Harrington.”

Casa Adele Apartments were dedicated in 2013. Named for the late Benedictine Sister Adele Mansfield, a co-founder of the St. Joseph Family Shelter, the apartments have 10 units for migrant workers and their families. Residents can stay up to a year, paying reduced rates for their rooms. The apartments are a renovation of the former Bede Hall, an old Mount Angel College dormitory. Catholic Community Services also sustains the apartments.

Mission Benedict Food Bank was hard pressed by increased demand this past year, resulting in increased donations. The need continues, as the pandemic hit the poorest families’ pocketbooks hardest, leaving many upper-income families unscathed financially.

The event takes place online at

Some highlights:

Sunday, May 2, at 5 pm — Behind the scenes at Mission Benedict, TLC at St. Joseph and Blanca's Story

Wednesday, May 5 at noon — Bonnie's Story

Saturday, May 8 at 5 pm — Sponsor and volunteer appreciation and the annual wine, beer and coffee pull

Limited early bird sales are available.