Photos from Around the Diocese

Scouts honored for ‘duty to God’
WARREN--In celebrating Scout Sunday at St. Joseph Parish in Warren, Father Rick Tomasone, pastor, recognized two boy scouts from Chief Cornplanter Council for living out one of the three promises of the scout oath, their "Duty to God.” Pictured with Father Tomasone are Adam Strandburg, left, who was awarded the Parvuli Dei medal; and Owen Strandburg who was awarded the Ad Altare Dei medal. Both scouts worked for several months in deepening their understanding of the seven sacraments by putting them into practice in their everyday life and in the community. They volunteered at the local hospital and soup kitchen, visited shut-ins, and participated in prayer services.

Catholic Schools Week celebrated with Gannon president
HERMITAGE—These seventh- through 12th-graders representing the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools in Hermitage celebrated the first day of Catholic Schools Week recently with Dr. Keith Taylor, president of Gannon University, pictured at right, center. Standing next to Dr. Taylor is Father Jason Glover, president of Kennedy Catholic. That day, the students learned about Gannon and the value of a Catholic education, leadership and service to others.

Benedictine Sisters welcome new novice
ERIE--The Benedictine Sisters of Erie received postulant Kathleen McCarthy into the novitiate on Jan. 27. The novitiate is the second stage of initial monastic formation. Sister Kathleen, center, is pictured with Sister Marilyn Schauble, novice director, left, and Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. Originally from Pittsburgh, Sister Kathleen was part of the L’Arche community in Erie for many years before moving to L’Arche Calgary, Canada, where she spent the 16 years preceding her decision to seek God in community with the Erie Benedictines.

Women participate in Benedictine monastic program
ERIE—The Benedictine Sisters of Erie celebrated recent activity in their Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience program. At left, Colleen Leathley, a registered psychologist on a mid-life sabbatical, completed her commitment to the program and left the monastery in January to return to Sydney, Australia, where she works. At right, Priscilla Richter, a former minister and resident of North Carolina, was recently initiated into the program for a period of 11 months. The Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience offers immersion in prayer, work, outreach to the marginalized, communal life, hospitality, peace and nonviolence.

SafeNet benefits from PJ project
ERIE—These students from St. James School in Erie helped collect more than 70 pairs of new pajamas and $500 in monetary donations for SafeNet in Erie during Catholic School Week. In addition to being able to wear their pajamas to school, students were asked to donate a new pair of pajamas for a needy child or give money toward the purchase of new pajamas. The donations will be used to help families and children in need.

Students learn about vocations
COALPORT—Students of the faith formation program at St. Basil the Great Parish in Coalport learned about vocations through a coloring contest during the recent National Vocation Awareness Week. Parishioners voted and raised $375, which was given to St. Mark Seminary in Erie. Pictured are the top three earners, from left: Rachel McClellan, Aaron Mooney and Karly Braniff.

Knights’ poster contest winners announced
CURWENSVILLE—The St. John XXIII Knights Council #16090 of Curwensville and Grampian held its “Keep Christ In Christmas” poster contest at the end of last year. The contest was open to faith formation classes at St. Timothy Parish in Curwensville and St. Bonaventure Parish in Grampian.  Standing with winners Adrianna McCracken, Kyleigh Dunn and Emily Wink are, from left, Knight Rick Carfley; Father Steven Collins, pastor of both parishes; and Knight Bernie Carfley.

New principal named to DCC elementary school
DuBOIS—Gretchen Caruso, left, headmaster of DuBois Central Catholic, welcomes Carol Bernat of Punxsutawney as the new principal of DuBois Central Catholic Elementary School. A member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Parish, Bernat joins Dawn Bressler, middle and high principal, on the administrative team, supervised by Msgr. Charles Kaza. right, president of the school system. Bernat previously taught at both the SSCD Elementary School and the Punxsutawney Area Middle School. “Being at DCC fulfills my desire to be part of an educational setting that is faith-centered as a community of believers,” Bernat says.