This month we celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14), an annual celebration that honors women religious. A series of events, sponsored by grants from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, will take place across the country. Here’s what we’re doing to celebrate:
- From March 8 to March 14, visit our Facebook page and encourage others to do so! We’re asking our Facebook friends to tell us about a Sister whom they want to celebrate, or a Sister who has influenced their lives. Participants will have an opportunity to win a “peace starts with your heart” t-shirt.
- On March 8, students from St. James School in Sewickley will visit the Motherhouse to hear about our history and social justice initiatives. A few Sisters will share their vocations stories, and, following lunch, students will gather in the chapel. Students will receive wrist bands that challenge them to “make a difference” in the world, and “peace starts in your heart” t-shirts. Sister Valerie Zottola, Coordinator of Vocation Ministry, received a $1,000 NCSW mini-grant for the program.
- On March 11, several of our Sisters again will participate in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pittsburgh. For the seventh consecutive year, more than 50 sisters from western Pennsylvania have marched or rode trolleys at the parade. Through a $1,000 NCSW mini-grant, sisters will pass out silicon bracelets with NCWS’s theme “Meet a Sister. Be Inspired.” Our Baden Sisters, in their green sashes, also will have “peace starts in your heart” prayer cards for distribution at the parade.
- On March 14, Sister Janice Vanderneck will be among four sisters featured in a presentation called “Standup Sisters: Border Crossings.” They will share their stories of the places and people whom they serve around the world – including those who have crossed the borders to live in the United States. Sister speakers represent the congregations of Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of Divine Providence, Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, and the Dominicans from Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. The program takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at La Roche College. The event is free, but online registration is recommended at EventBrite.