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Read all the news that’s breaking and developing in the 13 counties of the Diocese of Erie.





'THEIR CALVARY WAS LENGTHY': POPE'S STATIONS RECALL THOSE EXPLOITED
(04/21/2019)
Pope Francis led Stations of the Cross with powerful reflections for those suffering today, including the marginalized, the lonely and rejected.

POPE'S WAY OF CROSS WILL SHINE LIGHT ON WOMEN 'CRUCIFIED' BY TRAFFICKERS
(04/19/2019)
Through prayers and meditations religious sister helps people recognize the suffering of many young women.

BISHOP BLESSES OILS AT CHRISM MASS
(04/17/2019)
Priests also renew vows at annual event

MUSLIM FATHER, 'WANTING TO BE PART OF SOMETHING', JOINS CATHOLIC CHURCH
(04/17/2019)
From 'None' to Muslim to Catholic

'WE WILL REBUILD'
(04/17/2019)
The fire at Notre Dame: A round-up of news and commentary

COACH GIVES POINTERS ON PRAYER, FAITH, TO CATHOLIC MEN
(04/14/2019)
Pat Shurmur, New York Giants head coach, spoke at Lenten gathering

FAMILY TRADITION: CARRYING THE CROSS ON JERUSALEM'S VIA DOLOROSA
(04/12/2019)
It's taken 40 years and several generations of one family to carry this cross. Share the Via Dolorosa experience with the Kamar Family.

ST. JOHN VIANNEY RELIC HEADING TO ERIE
(04/12/2019)
Cathedral event planned for June 6

RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS HONORED FOR SERVICE
(04/08/2019)
Faith formation director notes importance of their work

SEMINARIAN JOHN HEPINGER ENCOUNTERS POPE FRANCIS
(04/08/2019)
'You get the sense of what a prayerful, loving man and pastor he really is.'

BISHOPS SAY POPE'S EXHORTATION IS A CALL TO INVEST IN YOUNG PEOPLE
(04/08/2019)
Document emerged from the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment

AFTER UNREST AND ANGER, NEW WASHINGTON ARCHBISHOP WANTS TO REBUILD TRUST
(04/08/2019)
Calls D.C. 'home to the poor and the powerful'

DIOCESE OF ERIE UPDATES PUBLIC DISCLOSURE LIST
(04/05/2019)
Release includes new explanation of process for those under investigation; unique features of reparation program also highlighted

Global Poverty Project underway in Catholic schools
(04/02/2019)
Catholic school students respond to global hunger

DIOCESE OF ERIE RESPONDS TO GARABEDIAN NEWS CONFERENCE
(03/29/2019)
Bishop Persico offers clarifications

THE WINNING STREAK CONTINUES FOR KENNEDY CATHOLIC
(03/29/2019)
Boys' basketball team captures fourth consecutive state championship

BECOMING A SEAFARERS' CHAPLAIN WAS NOT EXACTLY HIS RETIREMENT PLAN
(03/29/2019)
Deacon ministers to thousands of men on coal and container ships

VENANGO REGION CATHOLIC SCHOOL ANNOUNCES NEW DEVELOPMENTS
(03/28/2019)
Schools to be reconfigured; new president hired

ACTRESS WHO STARS IN 'UNPLANNED' THINKS FILM IS 'GOING TO CHANGE HISTORY'
(03/28/2019)
Film available at Tinseltown in Erie

DIOCESE CONTINUES SAFE ENVIRONMENT PRACTICES
(03/21/2019)
All employees to secure clearances

AMID CONTINUED MIDWEST FLOODING, CATHOLIC GROUPS STEP UP TO HELP
(03/21/2019)
Diocese of Erie offers link for disaster relief

FAITH FORMATION INITIATIVE KICKS OFF ACROSS THE DIOCESE
(03/21/2019)
Brainstorming sessions provide new ideas

EAGLE-EYED VISION: SVCSS FOCUSES ON THE FUTURE WITH NEW PARTNERSHIP
(03/13/2019)
Partners in Mission visits Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools

CANDIDATES, CATECHUMENS CONTINUE FAITH JOURNEY
(03/13/2019)
More than 130 participate in Rite of Election

THERAPY DOGS BRING PAWESOME NEW PARTNERSHIP TO ERIE'S ST. JUDE SCHOOL
(03/08/2019)
Therapy dogs help with reading, behavior

LAST YEAR'S CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL RAISED NEARLY $2 MILLION OVER GOAL
(03/07/2019)
CSA funds that will remain in parishes as a result of the 2018 appeal total $1,926,694.

ST. FRANCIS, ST. PATRICK SCHOOLS CELEBRATE 125th ANNIVERSARIES
(03/03/2019)
Milestone marked with special Masses, among other events

BISHOP PERSICO REFLECTS ON THE ABUSE SUMMIT IN ROME
(03/03/2019)
Response is one of cautious optimism

#MeToo, #ChurchToo LECTURE SHINES LIGHT ON CULTURE OF ABUSE
(02/22/2019)
Julie Hanlon Rubio: Answers to the current sex abuse crisis facing the church lie within its own social justice teachings

FUND FOR ABUSE VICTIMS LAUNCHED ON BEHALF OF DIOCESE OF ERIE
(02/15/2019)
Fund part of the diocese’s ongoing efforts to address the emotional, psychological and pastoral needs of survivors of abuse

DIOCESAN EXPERTS ON CARDINAL NEWMAN CHEER ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMING CANONIZATION
(02/13/2019)
Vatican announcement follows confirmation of second miracle attributed to Newman

DIOCESAN SCHOOLS CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
(01/25/2019)
Events include with special Masses, open houses and activities that celebrate parishes, communities, vocations

SPEAKERS AND DATES FOR MEN'S, WOMEN'S CONFERENCES ANNOUNCED
(01/25/2019)
Both conferences to be held at Erie's Our Lady of Peace Parish in March

DIOCESAN SCHOOLS ROLL OUT 'SAFE2SAY SOMETHING'
(01/23/2019)
Program allows students, staff to anonymous report threats, concerns

ST. BERNARD ELEMENTARY MIDDLE SCHOOL TO CLOSE AT END OF 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR
(01/22/2019)
Decision follows recommendation of the parish finance council and ad-hoc committee

DIOCESE RANKED NO. 1 IN PA FOR ONLINE FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY
(01/18/2019)
Annual survey took on urgency as dioceses face sexual abuse crisis

SOME DIOCESAN PARISHES SERVE AS OVERFLOW HOMELESS SHELTERS
(01/14/2019)
Part of broader 'Our Neighbors' Place' effort at various Erie-area churches

41st ANNUAL PRO-LIFE BREAKFAST DRAWS 500
(01/13/2019)
Speaker Obianuju Ekeocha discusses 'ideological colonialism'

'SERIOUS BUT POSITIVE,' BISHOP PERSICO RETURNS FROM RETREAT
(01/11/2019)
“It was important to be reminded of our role as shepherds and being open to the Word of God."

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF ERIE PURCHASES BETTER HOUSING FOR ERIE
(01/11/2019)
Discussions between H.A.C.E. and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie began several months ago

VOCATIONS CRUCIFIX TO TRAVEL THROUGHOUT DIOCESE
(01/10/2019)
The crucifix serves as a reminder and provides a place to pray for the young men and women who are discerning their vocations

CATHEDRAL PREP, VILLA MARIA ANNOUNCE 'GAME-CHANGING' TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
(01/10/2019)
Graduates of diocesan Catholic elementary schools would receive $3,000 per year

POPE TO U.S. BISHOPS: COMBATING ABUSE CRISIS DEMANDS A 'RENEWED AND DECISIVE APPROACH'
(01/03/2019)
Letter comes as bishops gather for weeklong retreat

ERIE COUNTY CHURCHES OPEN FOR SPECIAL NIGHT OF CONFESSION
(12/07/2018)
Event aimed at encouraging people to return to the sacrament of reconciliation.

BISHOP PERSICO, REPORTER MEET FOR 'UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS'
(12/06/2018)
Discussion centered on sexual abuse crisis

VENANGO REGION CATHOLIC SCHOOL ASSOCIATION APPOINTS FULL BOARD
(11/30/2018)
Newly created Venango Region Catholic School moves forward

WARREN PARISHIONERS TAKE ALTERNATIVE TOUR OF MIDDLE EAST
(11/21/2018)
Gaining understanding through encounter

BISHOP PERSICO REFLECTS ON BALTIMORE GATHERING
(11/18/2018)
Believes bishops are moving in the right direction

CONFESSION OFFERED IN ALL ERIE COUNTY PARISHES DEC. 5
(11/16/2018)
Parishes will be open from 5 to 7 pm for sacrament of reconciliation

DIOCESE OF ERIE EARNS NIAGARA AWARDS
(11/16/2018)
Collaboration yields honors

PARISHIONERS GIVE GENEROUSLY TO PRIEST, SISTER RETIREMENT FUNDS
(11/09/2018)
This month’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection is scheduled for Dec. 8-9

BISHOP PERSICO PARTICIPATES IN SILENT PEACE WALK
(11/09/2018)
Prayers offered for victims of sexual abuse

AMERICAN BISHOPS BEGIN EFFORTS OF FASTING, PRAYER
(11/04/2018)
Efforts in response to sexual abuse crisis in the church

DIOCESE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 500th CURSILLO
(11/02/2018)
Three-day retreat helps participants deepen their relationship with Christ

PASTORAL PLAN UPDATE: 'WELCOMING AND BELONGING' PARISH PROJECT INTRODUCED
(10/29/2018)
Plan focuses on four key areas of encountering Christ

BISHOP PERSICO MEETS, TALKS WITH AREA COLLEGE STUDENTS
(10/28/2018)
Discussion centered on Grand Jury Report

DIOCESAN FIFTH-GRADERS GET CLOSE TO NATURE
(10/26/2018)
Event inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si´ encyclical

PASTORAL PLANNING CONTINUES AS FAITH FORMATION THEMES INTRODUCED
(10/21/2018)
Bishop Lawrence Persico to hold vicariate meetings this week

DOROTHY DAY'S GRANDDAUGHTER SHARES LESSONS LEARNED
(10/12/2018)
Kate Hennessy's new book gives intimate view of this 'Servant of God'

DIOCESE STUDIES GENDER IDENTITY ISSUES
(10/04/2018)
More than 200 attend study days on gender identity

BISHOP REQUESTS ROSARY RECITATION IN OCTOBER
(10/01/2018)
Letter follows request from Pope Francis

DIOCESE TO CELEBRATE WORLD MISSION MONTH IN OCTOBER
(09/30/2018)
Bishop Persico to celebrate Oct. 7 Mass

FORMER NFL STAR McCOY VISITS ERIE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
(09/28/2018)
Erie native delivers message of faith, hope, encouragement

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 PERSICO ASSUMES NEW ADMINISTRATIVE POST WITH USCCB
(09/21/2018)
USCCB grapples with sex abuse crisis; calls for help from laity

PA BISHOPS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT COMPENSATION PROGRAM
(09/21/2018)
Statement released in unison Sept. 21

ALTAR SERVERS RECOGNIZED
(09/20/2018)
Servers represented seven Erie-area parishes

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

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.

NFP FAMILY CAMPOUT AND PICNIC BRINGS TOGETHER FAITH, FAMILY AND FUN
(09/05/2018)
Weekend event includes Mass, picnic and hike

BISHOP PERSICO CALLS FOR CREATION OF COMPENSATION FUND
(08/30/2018)
Committed to working towards justice for victims

NEW SCHOOL YEAR BRINGS CHANGES TO DIOCESAN SCHOOLS
(08/28/2018)
Students will see new leadership, added security at some schools

NEW ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINS FOR HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS THROUGHOUT DIOCESE
(08/27/2018)
Day filled with laughs, prayer and homework

CLERICAL SEX ABUSE AND ONE VICTIM'S JOURNEY
(08/24/2018)
Videos feature interview with Bishop Lawrence Persico

'HUMBLED AND SORROWFUL,’ BISHOP WELCOMES RELEASE OF GRAND JURY REPORT
(08/14/2018)
PA Attorney General's Office releases grand jury report; Erie bishop pledges continued vigilance

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

DIOCESE NAMES FAITH FORMATION DIRECTOR
(08/07/2018)
Deacon Stephen Washek accepts post

ST. PETER CATHEDRAL MARKS 125th ANNIVERSARY
(08/06/2018)
Bells ring in celebration of the mother church

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

MASSES CELEBRATE MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
(08/06/2018)
More than 80 couples attend a special Mass at St. George Parish in Erie

BISHOP PERSICO CELEBRATES MASS AT SCI MERCER
(08/03/2018)
Two men baptized, four confirmed

USCCB PRESIDENT ISSUES STATEMENT CONCERNING MORAL FAILURES
(08/01/2018)
McCarrick revelations cause

REDACTED CLERGY SEX ABUSE REPORT MAY BE RELEASED BY AUG. 8
(07/30/2018)
PA Supreme Court orders grand jury report to be released with some names concealed until further review.

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.

MUSIC ON THE HILL INSPIRES CROWD
(07/24/2018)
Concert sponsored by ministry for people with intellectual, developmental disabilities

TWO EVENTS CELEBRATED AT ST. PETER CATHEDRAL
(07/24/2018)
NFP Awareness Week and Humanae vitae's 50th anniverary noted

COUPLES INVITED TO CELEBRATE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
(07/18/2018)
Registration now open

DIOCESE OF ERIE UPDATES ITS LIST OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURES
(07/18/2018)
This is the second update since names were first published in April

TWO PRINCIPALS NAMED TO ERIE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
(07/13/2018)
New principals named to Catholic schools

PRIESTS APPOINTED, ONE RETIRES
(07/09/2018)
Bishop makes priest appointments

TEACHERS TRAIN TO BE PRINCIPALS, LEADERS
(06/28/2018)
New principal certification program begins.

BISHOP PERSICO MAINTAINS COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY IN CHILD ABUSE CASES
(06/22/2018)
Bishop Persico pledges transparency in child abuse cases, despite court stay.

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER PRESENCE ENDS IN DIOCESE
(06/22/2018)
FaithLife newspaper ends, but online news site begins.

DIOCESAN PUBLICATIONS WIN NATIONAL PRESS AWARDS
(06/21/2018)
Diocesan newspaper, magazine win awards.

DIOCESE CELEBRATES NEW PRIESTS
(06/20/2018)
Priests ordained for 13-county diocese

Serra honors, clergy, religious, lay person
(06/08/2018)
Serra Club honorees

Sisters celebrate milestone anniversaries
(06/07/2018)
Many sisters celebrate jubilees in the diocese.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Prom held for people with special needs
(02/28/2018)
The Diocese of Erie’s Office of Disabilities Ministries, volunteers, buddies and family members of those with disabilities participate in prom night experience sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

161 journey to Catholic faith
(02/27/2018)
On Feb. 18, the first Sunday of Lent, 161 people in the Diocese of Erie took the next step toward being fully welcomed into the Catholic Church during Rite of Election liturgies in Erie and Ridgway.

Gannon expanding campus in Ruskin, Fla.
(02/16/2018)
Gannon University’s Ruskin, Fla., campus breaks ground on a new 80,000-square-foot building. The structure will house masters’ and doctoral programs in the health service professions.

Rice Bowl begins this Lent
(02/08/2018)
For more than 40 years, Catholics have dropped change into the cardboard Rice Bowl boxes, providing enough money worldwide to assist humanitarian programs and services in up to 45 countries.

FaithLife to cease publication in June
(02/02/2018)
Faith magazine, delivered bi-monthly to parishioners’ homes, will continue to be published. The last issue of the bi-weekly newspaper is June 24.

Bishop makes historic number of priest assignments
(01/31/2018)
Bishop Lawrence Persico announces new priest assignments after an exhaustive two-year study of parishes and schools.

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.