U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph Issue Statement on Racism

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph strongly condemns the police-killing of another black man on the streets of our nation. Our hearts are breaking as we mourn with the family and friends of George Floyd, as well … Read More

Solidarity with the “dear neighbor”

A post by Betsy Wiest, SSJ Social Justice Coordinator. “Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering … Read More

Wear Blue Day – January 11

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day The U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking invite you to WEAR BLUE on January 11. Blue is the international symbol of human trafficking awareness. Post a … Read More

Human Trafficking Coalition — Erie

We have been working with Erie DAWN (Dwellings and Advocacy for Women in Need) and Mercyhurst University Ridge School of Intelligence to start an Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition in Erie, PA. Coalition Force – Erie will gather professionals from community organizations, … Read More

Stop the Inhumanity — Catholic Day of Action

On September 4, Catholics all over the country participated in the second Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children as part of the “Stop the Inhumanity” campaign designed to increase pressure on the U.S. government to end child detention. A … Read More

A moment of grace for refugees

Last evening a group of people gathered at our Community Living Center where Deb Seng, Patrice Swick and I shared our experiences of working with the refugees in El Paso, Texas in May at Annunciation House. We began our presentation … Read More

Plastic Free July is here!

Plastic Free July is here!! Will you join me and attempt to go Plastic Free for the whole month of July? I certainly hadn’t realized just how much plastic there was in my everyday life until I started to look … Read More

Green Apples for our teachers

The Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Team developed our “Green Apple” award to recognize teachers in the Erie Diocesan grade schools who encourage their students to learn about the environment. Teachers were asked to submit what environmental issues and … Read More

Human trafficking—Erie update

Human trafficking happens everywhere—even in Erie.  Because Erie is located on the intersection of I-90 and I-79, is two hours from I-80 and the Canadian border, Erie is considered a “pass-thru” city for traffickers.  Handlers bring their victims to Erie … Read More