Many Tributes and Expressions of Gratitude Received Because of National Catholic Sisters Week
We received numerous tributes, letters, and emails preceeding and during National Catholic Sisters Week. Some of the tributes were featured in a special tabloid that was published in the Erie Times News on Sunday, March 8. Unfortunately, space prohibited us from including all of them in the tabloid. As we continue through this Year of Consecrated Life, we will share some of the tributes and expressions here on our website. Here's one we received about Sr. Betty Ruza
Peaceful listener – Betty became part of our cursillo group more than 40 years ago. We are not sure how our group got together, but it must have been the hand of God because we didn’t all make Cursillo together. The four of us were wives and mothers at the time, all consumed with fulfilling those roles and even holding down jobs. Betty listened as we shared the ups and downs of those times, divorce, deaths, children issues, bankruptcy and more. She never judged or gave counsel (unless requested) when we shared our deepest hurts, but she helped us celebrate with each joyful event. (read more)
Sister Mary Claire Kennedy, SSJ, to Receive 2015 Archbishop Oscar Romero Award and Give Lecture
The Mercyhurst University Department of Religious Studies will present its 2015 Archbishop Oscar Romero Award to Sister Mary Claire Kennedy, SSJ, Social Justice Coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania. The ceremony, preceded by a lecture given by Sr. Mary Claire on human trafficking, will take place Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the university’s Mercy Heritage Room, Sullivan Hall. Known locally for her involvement in outreach efforts like the annual Erie Thanksgiving Dinner and the “Take Back the Site” vigils, Sister Mary Claire has also been instrumental in raising awareness about human trafficking.
National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) comes to a Close
Employees and sisters enjoyed a several National Catholic Sisters Week events beginning with a special NCSW tabloid insert in the Erie Times News on March 8 with the celebration lasting through March 14. Employees enjoyed sharing a “Lunch With a Sister” throughout the week as well as “Sister Trivia” and a pep rally to initiate the festivities. NCSW is an annual event created to honor women religious and is made possible by a $3.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.