KINDNESS: Get in the Habit

Catholic sisters serving in the Diocese of Erie are joining a nationwide campaign in March to encourage people to be kind toward one another.

The message – “Kindness: Get in the Habit” – will be shared through billboards, television public service announcements, social media posts and other venues.

“Kindness is needed to counter the continued divisiveness seen throughout our country and even in the world,” said Sister Nancy Fischer, SSJ, vicar for religious for the 13-county diocese. “The kindness campaign is inspired by our Christian call to treat one another as we would hope to be treated. It’s both a response to the incivility that continues to permeate talk shows and social media, and a call to Gospel values such as caring for the poor.”

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Sisters of Mercy are collaborating with the diocese in the effort. The campaign will run during the fourth annual National Catholic Sisters Week March 8-14.

“We want to call attention to what we should be doing for each other. We are to be feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger. We are to be practicing compassion, as Jesus taught us.

Simple acts of kindness can change the world, one person at a time. We’ve never needed it more than we do right now,” Sister Nancy said.

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