News

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





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

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

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 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.

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

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.