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

Couple honored with Helping Hands Award
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.