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vicariate_thumb.jpg PASTORAL PLANNING CONTINUES AS FAITH FORMATION THEMES INTRODUCED

10/21/2018
Bishop Lawrence Persico to hold vicariate meetings this week
Kate Hennessy Promo photo 2_thumb.jpg DOROTHY DAY'S GRANDDAUGHTER SHARES LESSONS LEARNED

10/12/2018
Kate Hennessy's new book gives intimate view of this 'Servant of God'
Prep football praying_thumb.jpg Faith magazine feature: BODY AND SPIRIT: STUDENT ATHLETES COMPETE AT THE INTERSECTION OF SPORTS AND SPIRITUALITY

10/04/2018
New Vatican document encourages development of 'apostolate for sports'
Gender thumbnail.jpg DIOCESE STUDIES GENDER IDENTITY ISSUES

10/04/2018
More than 200 attend study days on gender identity
rotated outhouse THUMB.jpg Faith magazine column: DRAWING CONNECTIONS IN A WIDE, WIDE WORLD

10/03/2018
Column: From the editor of Faith magazine
IMG_1551_thumb.jpg Faith magazine feature: TEENS ON THE PERIPHERIES: BUSTING BOUNDARIES TO BRING HOPE TO NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS

10/03/2018
Nearly 100 teens travel from diocese to help the marginalized
rosary_thumb.jpg BISHOP REQUESTS ROSARY RECITATION IN OCTOBER

10/01/2018
Letter follows request from Pope Francis
NuevaVida_thumb.jpg DIOCESE TO CELEBRATE WORLD MISSION MONTH IN OCTOBER

09/30/2018
Bishop Persico to celebrate Oct. 7 Mass
McCoy5-thumb.jpg FORMER NFL STAR McCOY VISITS ERIE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

09/28/2018
Erie native delivers message of faith, hope, encouragement
dreamstime_m_61823716_thumb.jpg ST. PATRICK SCHOOL, ST. STEPHEN SCHOOL AND VENANGO CATHOLIC SCHOOL FORM ASSOCIATION

09/27/2018
Catholic schools in the Venango region signed an agreement Sept. 14 to form an association called the Venango Region Catholic School.
bishop thumbnail, cns.jpg BISHOP PERSICO ASSUMES NEW ADMINISTRATIVE POST WITH USCCB

09/21/2018
USCCB grapples with sex abuse crisis; calls for help from laity
SMCC thumb.jpg PA BISHOPS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT COMPENSATION PROGRAM

09/21/2018
Statement released in unison Sept. 21
altar servers  st thumb.jpg ALTAR SERVERS RECOGNIZED

09/20/2018
Servers represented seven Erie-area parishes
IMG_9398thumb.jpg PARISHIONERS ACROSS DIOCESE TAKE PART IN DAY OF PRAYER

09/18/2018
Bishop Lawrence Persico set aside the day for anyone to visit churches and make a personal, prayerful response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church
safety doors thumbnail.jpg ERIE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT FOR SCHOOL SAFETY

09/14/2018
For the first time, the Erie Community Foundation is financially supporting a school safety project.
2015 nfp camp_004thumb.jpg NFP FAMILY CAMPOUT AND PICNIC BRINGS TOGETHER FAITH, FAMILY AND FUN

09/05/2018
Weekend event includes Mass, picnic and hike
VanSickle and Gramata cns body.jpg Faith Magazine Feature: A VICTIM, A BISHOP AND A PASTOR: THREE PERSPECTIVES

09/04/2018
Chaz Muth of Catholic News Service followed a victim of clergy sex abuse across the commonwealth as he met with his bishop and the pastor of his former parish
Thumb-BishopAtHome-028a.jpg BISHOP PERSICO CALLS FOR CREATION OF COMPENSATION FUND

08/30/2018
Committed to working towards justice for victims
IMG_6782thumb.jpg NEW SCHOOL YEAR BRINGS CHANGES TO DIOCESAN SCHOOLS

08/28/2018
Students will see new leadership, added security at some schools
IMG_6758thumb.jpg NEW ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINS FOR HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS THROUGHOUT DIOCESE

08/27/2018
Day filled with laughs, prayer and homework
thumbnail of videos.jpg CLERICAL SEX ABUSE AND ONE VICTIM'S JOURNEY

08/24/2018
Videos feature interview with Bishop Lawrence Persico
thumbnail of grand jury conference.jpg 'HUMBLED AND SORROWFUL,’ BISHOP WELCOMES RELEASE OF GRAND JURY REPORT
Bishop Persico pledges continued transparency in child abuse crisis
08/14/2018
PA Attorney General's Office releases grand jury report; Erie bishop pledges continued vigilance
IMG_8986_thumb.jpg BISHOP PERSICO WORKS TO PREPARE HIS PEOPLE FOR GRAND JURY REPORT

08/13/2018
All pastors in the 13-county diocese were asked to read a letter at Mass
Washek Deacon Stephen thumb.jpg DIOCESE NAMES FAITH FORMATION DIRECTOR

08/07/2018
Deacon Stephen Washek accepts post
StPeter_thumb.jpg ST. PETER CATHEDRAL MARKS 125th ANNIVERSARY

08/06/2018
Bells ring in celebration of the mother church
bishopdeaconmass_thumb.jpg MASS HONORS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF RESTORATION OF PERMANENT DIACONATE

08/06/2018
More than 65 men currently serving in the active permanent diaconate in Diocese of Erie
swantekmilestonemass_thumb.jpg MASSES CELEBRATE MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

08/06/2018
More than 80 couples attend a special Mass at St. George Parish in Erie
Barbedwire_thumb.jpg BISHOP PERSICO CELEBRATES MASS AT SCI MERCER

08/03/2018
Two men baptized, four confirmed
USCCB.gif USCCB PRESIDENT ISSUES STATEMENT CONCERNING MORAL FAILURES

08/01/2018
McCarrick revelations cause
thumbnail bishop, cns.jpg REDACTED CLERGY SEX ABUSE REPORT MAY BE RELEASED BY AUG. 8
Erie bishop pushes for transparency
07/30/2018
PA Supreme Court orders grand jury report to be released with some names concealed until further review.
thumbnail_bishop.JPG BISHOP PERSICO CONCURS WITH AG ABOUT RELEASE OF GRAND JURY REPORT

07/27/2018
Erie Bishop Persico supports AG's efforts to expedite release of grand jury report.
MusicOnTheHill2_thumb.jpg MUSIC ON THE HILL INSPIRES CROWD

07/24/2018
Concert sponsored by ministry for people with intellectual, developmental disabilities
nfp-2018-poster-en-2-page-0thumb.jpg TWO EVENTS CELEBRATED AT ST. PETER CATHEDRAL

07/24/2018
NFP Awareness Week and Humanae vitae's 50th anniverary noted
SMCC thumb.jpg DIOCESE OF ERIE UPDATES ITS LIST OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURES

07/18/2018
This is the second update since names were first published in April
ecss thumbnail.jpg NEW FUND OFFERS TUITION GRANTS TO ATTEND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

07/13/2018
New fund established to make tuition grants available to students who attend Erie Catholic School System.
teachers listening.JPG TEACHERS TRAIN TO BE PRINCIPALS, LEADERS

06/28/2018
New principal certification program begins.
YoungChurch.jpg THE YOUNG CHURCH
Exploring the role of young people in the Catholic Church
06/27/2018
College student interviews young people and youth leaders in the Diocese of Erie.
PullingStrings.jpg PULLING STRINGS TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

06/27/2018
Creating jewelry with donated guitar strings helps breast cancer patients, survivors
thumbnail_bishop.JPG BISHOP PERSICO MAINTAINS COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY IN CHILD ABUSE CASES

06/22/2018
Bishop Persico pledges transparency in child abuse cases, despite court stay.
thumbnail_cpa.JPG DIOCESAN PUBLICATIONS WIN NATIONAL PRESS AWARDS

06/21/2018
Diocesan newspaper, magazine win awards.
thumbnail_ord2018.JPG DIOCESE CELEBRATES NEW PRIESTS

06/20/2018
Priests ordained for 13-county diocese
thumbnail_jub.JPG Sisters celebrate milestone anniversaries

06/07/2018
Many sisters celebrate jubilees in the diocese.
thumbnail_bishop.JPG A Voice for Victims: Attorney general, bishop discuss protection of children in wake of abuse charges against priest

05/23/2018
Bishop Lawrence Persico and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro met in Erie May 16 to share their common concern for the victims of sexual abuse.
thumbnail_down2.JPG Mother and son show beauty of Down syndrome

05/09/2018
When Diana Englund of Erie learned that her newborn son Nathan had Down syndrome, she worried about how people would treat him.
thumbnail_ruskin.JPG Lucinda students recognized for cursive talent

05/01/2018
Eleven-year-old Lily Bell poises her pencil just above the faint blue line of dashes on the off-white page. She moves the lead tip to begin writing the first word of St . John’s verse about the law of love:
thumbnail_HelpingHands.JPG Couple honored with Helping Hands Award

04/19/2018
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie to honor couple with its prestigious award May 12 at Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center
thumbnail_PolicyUpdate.JPG Diocese confronts sex abuse history, updates child protection policy

04/06/2018
The Diocese of Erie—as part of a sweeping update to its Policy for the Protection of Children—announced on April 6 the names of 34 priests and 17 lay men and women who have been credibly accused
thumbnail_AllAreWelcome.jpg FAITH MAGAZINE: Disabilities Ministries offers insights for parishioners

04/01/2018
“If you haven’t rolled in someone else’s wheels — or you haven’t walked in their shoes — then you can’t appreciate how sometimes, without meaning to, you can be condescending or arrogant,” says Michele
thumbnail_opioid.jpg Diocese responds to opioid epidemic

03/28/2018
The Diocese of Erie creates the Opioid Task Force of the Diocese of Erie to inform clergy about the growing epidemic of addiction.
thumbnail_hospice.JPG Hospice care offers hope and help

03/27/2018
For Lisa To, “everyday heroes” in life are those families and caregivers who accompany the terminally ill. A nurse the past 32 years, To has spent the past five years as executive director of Hospice of
thumbnail_gunviolence.JPG ‘God still has a presence in this…’ Students, bishops stand against gun violence

03/14/2018
Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at St. Luke School hold a prayer service to remember the 17 victims of the recent school shooting in Florida.
thumbnail_down.jpg Diocese advocates for Down syndrome legislation

03/13/2018
The Office of Social Justice and Life and the Office of Disabilities Ministries of the Diocese of Erie—along with the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference—urge Catholics to advocate for proposed legislation that
Abortions in Pennsylvania drop, but activists remain concerned

01/18/2018
Abortions in Pennsylvania have decreased since 1980, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Yet, pro-life activists in the Erie area remain troubled by the 31,818 abortions performed in the commonwealth in 2015.