Mercy Center for Women Honors Phyllis McCracken, SSJ

One of 2019’s Women Making History Phyllis McCracken, SSJ is being honored as one of 2019’s Women Making History, at an event being held on March 6, 2019 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center … Read More

Nancy Fischer, SSJ – 50 years

Nancy Fischer, SSJ entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. John the Baptist parish in Erie.  She currently ministers as the Director of the Office of Religious for the Erie Diocese, as well as Director for small communities and … Read More

Naomi Wood, SSJ – 60 years

Sister Naomi Wood, SSJ, formerly Sister Ann Catherine, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Holy Rosary Parish in 1958 and made her final profession in 1966. A Johnsonburg native, Sister Naomi earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from … Read More

Margaret Pellerite, SSJ – 60 Years

Margaret Pellerite, SSJ, formerly Sister Anthony Marie, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Francis parish in Clearfield, PA.  Sister Margaret currently ministers in Campus Ministry at Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage, where she also served as a … Read More

Rosemary O’Brien, SSJ – 60 Years

Rosemary O’Brien, SSJ, formerly Sister Cordelia, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Joseph parish in Oil City, PA.  Her current ministry includes Spritual direction and retreats, formation and ministry to refugees since 2013 as well as serving on … Read More

Elizabeth Ann Niebauer, SSJ – 60 Years

Elizabeth Ann Niebauer, SSJ, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Blessed Sacrament parish in Erie.  In her most recent ministry, she served as an Accounting Associate at the Barber National Institute from 2001 – 2014.  Her earlier ministries included … Read More

Frances Therese Matia, SSJ – 60 years

Sister Frances Therese Matia, SSJ, believes her vocation came from the example of her parents who were strong, practicing Catholics. “We attended Mass together as a family, the sacrament of reconciliation monthly, Stations of the Cross and prayed the rosary … Read More

Mary Fromknecht, SSJ – 60 years

Mary Fromknecht, SSJ, Formerly Sister Ann Raymond, entered the sisters of St. Joseph from St. John the Baptist parish in Erie. Since 2015, she has served as Executive Director of Sister Services for the sisters of St. Joseph.  Prior to … Read More

Joseph Marie Fitzgerald, SSJ – 60 years

Joseph Marie Fitzgerald, SSJ, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Peter Cathedral in Erie. Since 2003, she has ministered as Resident Supervisor at Saint Mary’s Home of Erie, East. She is being recognized this month for 15 years … Read More

Sister Ann Marie Cappello, SSJ – 60 years

Sister Ann Marie Cappello, SSJ, formerly Sister Francetta, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Sacred Heart parish in Erie.  She currently ministers as SSJ Mission Effectiveness Coordinator and Co-director of the SSJ Associates.  Previously, she taught at Blessed Sacrament, … Read More

Kathleen Kirsch, SSJ – 70 years

Kathleen Kirsch, SSJ, formerly Sister Mary Leo, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Holy Rosary parish in Erie.  She currently ministers with the Sisters of St. Joseph prayer call ministry. Sister Kathleen served as a volunteer at Saint Vincent … Read More

Mary Julia Scully, SSJ – 75 Years

Mary Julia Scully, SSJ, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Peter cathedral parish in Erie.  Prior to retiring from active ministry, Sister Mary Julia spent 25 years teaching at St. Patrick, Holy Rosary, Sacred Heart, St. Andrew and … Read More

Jean Baptiste DiLuzio, SSJ – 75 years

Jean Baptiste DiLuzio, SSJ, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Holy Rosary Parish in Erie.  She currently ministers in the development and communications offices of her congregation. Her work in the ministry of education has included teaching at Blessed … Read More

they met on the links

On a late August Saturday in 2016, we met up at a driving range with a few sisters who’ve always had a love for the game of golf. It was a beautiful day and these ladies were ready for a … Read More

she walks the walk

A story about Sister Josephine DePetro Sister Josephine DePetro spent more than 20 years teaching in several Erie Diocesan schools that had her ministering with those she most desired to work with: youth. She also worked as a Juvenile Probation … Read More

I tried running from God

When Sister Carmel Rojek reflects on her call to the religious life, she describes it as a metanoia, or conversion, experience. “I had never entertained ideas of becoming a religious,” she said. “But gradually through my young adult life, I … Read More

a special homecoming

Sr. Mary Kay McNelis was recently honored by Pastor Fr. Dan Arnold and the parishioners of St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Lawrence Park where she served as Director of Religious Education for 8 years. Sister Mary Kay attended the … Read More

Linda Fusco, SSJ

“God working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.”  Ephesians 3 A mother and grandmother, Sister Linda Fusco, SSJ, celebrates 25 years as a Sister of St. Joseph this year. A late vocation, she entered … Read More

Marianne Stuckert, SSJ

“This is what God asks of you, only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 Sister Marianne Stuckert, SSJ, offers this advice to those interested in devoting time and energy to … Read More

Marie Timmons, SSJ

“You shall love the Lord, your God… This is the greatest and first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22 Over 60 years of religious life, Sister Marie Timmons, SSJ, taught at … Read More

Jude Marie Talerico, SSJ

“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.”       Ecclesiastes 3:1-5 Children are at the heart and soul of Sister Jude Marie Talerico’s 60 years of religious life. A Sister … Read More

Ann Stephanie Stano, SSJ

“Stimulated by the Holy Spirit of love and receptive to His inspirations, the Sister of Saint Joseph moves always toward profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction…”    From the Consensus Statement of the Sisters of St. Joseph Sister Ann Stephanie … Read More

Nancy Sonnenfeld, SSJ

When I’m out taking pictures, I’m ever surprised with the new and different ways God comes to me. “Flowers,” says Sister Nancy Sonnenfeld,SSJ, “are just like people—the strong, the weak, those that need much care, those that survive no matter … Read More

Veronica Mittal, SSJ

Sister Veronica Mittal, SSJ, formerly known as Sister Andrene, was born in Masury, Ohio, but grew up in Sharon. The daughter of Andrew and Mary (Dacey) Mittal, she attended Sacred Heart School in Sharon, where she was taught by Benedictine … Read More

Phyllis Hilbert, SSJ

“…eyes open and ears attentive to the sufferings of the world…spirit alert…sleeves rolled up for ministry without excluding the more humble, the less pleasing, the less noticeable.” Father Marius Nepper, SJ The life of Sister Phyllis Hilbert, SSJ, is a … Read More

Ann Donohue, SSJ

Sister Ann Donohue, SSJ, hails from the beautiful hills of Bradford, where she recalls her parents being the earliest source of inspiration. “My first recognition of being called to consecrated life came from my parents [the late Timothy and Regina … Read More

James Francis Mulligan, SSJ

Sister James Francis Mulligan—known as “Sister Jim” to many friends and former students—still finds a way to attend many Cathedral Prep sporting events in Erie. She’s been a dedicated fan since the 1980s, when she began teaching at the all-boys school.  During her 32 … Read More

Mary Arlene Menz, SSJ

Sister Mary Arlene Menz, SSJ, brought her love of education—particularly her passion for history and opera—to the young people she taught at every level, from first grade through college. A Sister of St. Joseph the past 70 years, she continues … Read More

Mary Kay McNelis, SSJ

“In contemplative prayer, we seek to become the person we are called to be not by thinking about God, but by being with God.” Dom John Main

Rose Ann Fedorko, SSJ

Growing up during World War II, I saw my four brothers go off to war and saw the sacrifices, prayers and tears—as well as the joys—of returning heroes. I was deeply impressed with their faith and dependence on God through it all. I wanted to give … Read More

Rose Marie Chisholm, SSJ

A native of Cambridge, Mass., Sister Rose Marie Chisholm, SSJ, has never lost her New England accent, even after spending the past 70 years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Nor has she lost the generosity that … Read More

Marie Celeste Bindseil, SSJ

Sister Marie Celeste Bindseil, SSJ, originally felt a call to join the foreign missions, but she decided instead to follow what she considered her real call from God: to become a religious sister.  Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she was christened Lieselotte Albina Bindseil, … Read More