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)
Ends With Success
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.