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cathopic_1486607420809376.jpg Week of fellowship, study and spiritual growth on the horizon for clergy heading to Emmaus

06/11/2024
Parishioners asked to keep them in their prayers
OliveTree.JPG Under olive tree planted as sign of peace, pope begs God to help Holy Land

06/09/2024
Sitting in the Vatican Gardens with the dome of St. Peter's Basilica as a backdrop, Pope Francis told cardinals and diplomats, including the ambassadors of Israel and Palestine, "Every day I pray that this war will finally end."
SistersProgram.JPG Sisters completing Catholic Extension program called the 'face of God's love' in ministry

06/09/2024
Forty-four women religious graduated this spring with university degrees upon completing the U.S.-Latin American Sisters Exchange Program, sponsored by the Catholic Extension Society in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Acutis shrine.JPG Pope to hold consistory July 1 on canonization of Carlo Acutis, others

06/03/2024
Although Pope Francis usually takes the month of July off -- except for leading the recitation of the Angelus on Sundays -- he will hold a consistory with cardinals in Rome July 1 for the final approval of the canonization of several sainthood candidates,
DSC07514a.JPG Bishop Persico ordains Father Luke Daghir to the priesthood

06/03/2024
'He just has so much to give...'
NEP Texas.JPG Stories of conversion, 'amazing' encounters mark National Eucharistic Pilgrimage's first 10 days

06/02/2024
As a Eucharistic procession made its way May 28 through Victoria, Texas, a 20-something man sitting on the side of a street caught Charlie McCullough's attention.
Bishop Persico COA_color_silver.jpg Diocese of Erie releases clergy appointment list, many related to pastoral plan restructuring

05/31/2024
New appointments to take effect July 9, 2024
NEPmonstrance.jpg The eclipse, the northern lights, and now: The largest Eucharistic procession in the history of the US to pass through three neighboring dioceses

05/27/2024
Learn how you can take part!
TAC.JPG California Catholic college says new energy independence plan models 'creative' stewardship

05/26/2024
A small Catholic college in California announced recently that it had gained energy independence from the California power grid, marking a landmark in the use of alternative energy resources in higher education.
PopeBalloons.JPG Pope tells children joy is good for the soul, always help others

05/25/2024
To change the world, children must press ahead, be joyful, ask adults why there is injustice and always help others, Pope Francis told thousands of children gathered in Rome's Olympic Stadium for the church's first ever World Children's Day.
NewHaven.JPG National Eucharistic Pilgrimage's eastern route kicks off: 'We walk together as the body of Christ'

05/21/2024
Under a cold drizzle, scores of Catholics in New Haven sang and prayed while following the Eucharistic Jesus in procession. This May 18 display of faith marked the first Eucharistic procession of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage's eastern route.
Verona.JPG Don't let discord lead to death, pope says in city of Romeo and Juliet

05/21/2024
Adults in the world's richest nations deserve
MotherDaughterTea.png Annual Mother-Daughter Tea brings mothers and daughters together

05/14/2024
April showers bring May flowers, but in the Diocese of Erie, spring means it’s time for the Office of Chastity Education’s annual Mother-Daughter tea. Two teas were held in late April, one at St. Mary’s Church, St. Marys, and another at St. Mark Cat
DSC07206a.JPG Egg-citing end-of-year event a 'smashing' success at St. Luke School

05/14/2024
Principal, pastor demonstrate what it really means to be an 'egghead!'
Landry.JPG Pilgrim priest: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage helps reveal the church's 'deepest core'

05/14/2024
Father Roger Landry may be the reason 24 young people and several priests are walking thousands of miles across the United States this summer with the Eucharist.
VaticanSchools.JPG Pope praises role of archives, libraries, in tech-oriented world

05/14/2024
The troves of knowledge stored in archives and libraries must be made available and accessible to all people, especially as they increasingly depend on technological means for their knowledge, Pope Francis said.
Palestine.JPG Protesters at US Catholic colleges, universities join voices to pro-Palestinian movement

05/14/2024
As the school year draws to a close, student protesters at Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. have added their voices to the din of pro-Palestinian shouts at campuses across the country and around the word.
K of C State Convention Award Presentation Photo 2.jpg Father Jerry Priscaro honored with Blessed Michael J. McGivney Award, PA Chaplain of the Year

05/07/2024
Father Jerry Priscaro, priest in residence at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, Erie, and a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus, was recently bestowed with the prestigious Blessed Michael J. McGivney Award for the Pennsylvania State Chaplain of the Ye
20240506T0815-POPE-SWISS-GUARD-1776089.JPG Pope encourages Swiss Guard to foster friendships, avoid isolation

05/07/2024
Meeting members of the Swiss Guard, including 34 new recruits, Pope Francis thanked them for their dedication and generous service protecting the pope every day.
Freedom2.JPG Father Greg Boyle among Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

05/05/2024
Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were among 19 Americans awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on May 3.
Iowa tornado.jpg Faithful respond to Midwest tornadoes, help storm victims 'carry their cross'

04/29/2024
(OSV News) -- Parishioners in several Midwestern states are coming together to bring help and healing after tornadoes ravaged the area April 26-28, killing at least four.
Padre Pio.JPG New photos reveal many sides of Padre Pio

04/29/2024
A foundation that promotes devotion to St. Pio of Pietrelcina, more widely known as Padre Pio, is making 10 never-before-seen photographs of the saint available to the devout for free.
DSC06620.JPG Two men ordained to the diaconate on their way to priestly ordination in 2025

04/23/2024
'...grateful and excited.'
FrancisCoeli.JPG Historians' work should lead to dialogue, truth, pope says

04/22/2024
Historians serve the common good when they seek historical truth and not an ideological interpretation of events, Pope Francis said.
NEC.JPG Pope Francis grants plenary indulgences for National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, Congress participants

04/21/2024
Participants in the National Eucharistic Congress and related National Eucharistic Pilgrimage now have opportunities to receive plenary indulgences, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, announced April 9.
Bishop Seitz at the border.jpg BISHOP SEITZ: US THRIVING DEPENDS ON A MORE CHRISTIAN AND LOVING TREATMENT OF MIGRANTS

04/16/2024
President of CUA interviews US Bishops' chair of Committee on Migration
PopeViews.JPG Pew finds Catholics diverge by political parties, Mass attendance on many, but not all, issues

04/15/2024
A new study of U.S. Catholics suggests that Mass attendance and political affiliation are associated with their views of Pope Francis and Catholic teaching on key moral issues.
AdultScouts.JPG Seek contact with nature to change polluting lifestyles, pope says

04/15/2024
Humanity must have more direct contact with nature to counter the modern lifestyles that are destroying the planet, Pope Francis said.
Chrism.jpeg Serving those who served us every week: The annual Good Shepherd Collection

04/15/2024
The Diocese of Erie is blessed with a large group of retired priests, many of whom continue to serve the faithful in various ways.
Dignitas.JPG US Catholic pastoral leaders welcome Vatican document on human dignity

04/09/2024
A number of Catholic pastoral leaders in the U.S. are applauding a new Vatican declaration on human dignity for its specific treatment of several key — and contentious — issues.
RenewedNotreDame2.JPG Fire 'gave us all a boost,' Notre Dame chaplain says as Paris prepares for cathedral's reopening

04/09/2024
For some, the Notre Dame fire was a sign of devastation of faith and Christian values. But for many more in France, it meant awakening of faith on an unprecedented scale.
EclipseLogoBLUE_1.png An out of this world event

04/02/2024
The much-anticipated total solar eclipse is taking place on April 8, with much of the Diocese of Erie in its path.
PopeEasterVigil.JPG Easter marks the ‘rebirth of hope amid the ruins of failure,’ pope says

04/01/2024
Easter is a promise that no matter how dark the world may seem and no matter how heavy the burdens one carries, victory belongs to the Risen Christ and all who believe in him, Pope Francis said.
NYCcathedral.JPG Protesters disrupt Easter Vigil at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to call for Gaza cease-fire

04/01/2024
Three protesters from a group called "Extinction Rebellion (XR) NYC Palestine Solidarity" were arrested during the March 30 Easter Vigil at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.
Local story.jpg Igniting the flames of excellence at the Cathedral Preparatory School Legacy Gala

03/26/2024
Cathedral Preparatory School’s annual Legacy Gala was held on March 16 at Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center.
CANTALAMESSA.JPG Discernment is essential to discipleship, papal preacher says

03/23/2024
The Holy Spirit is like a line prompter at a theater, behind the scenes and constantly whispering to Christians the words of Jesus, said the preacher of the papal household.
FamilyMass.JPG How Catholic families can participate in the National Eucharistic Congress

03/23/2024
This summer's National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis will provide a
dreamstime_m_29392460.jpg ENTER INTO HOLY WEEK WITH AN OPEN HEART

03/19/2024
An Easter message from Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico
MarchMadness.JPG Seven Catholic schools dancing in this year's March Madness

03/18/2024
The 2024 Men's Division I NCAA Tournament gets underway March 19 with the "First Four" play-in games, and seven Catholic schools will be playing at least once in the single-elimination Big Dance.
Hospital2.JPG Medical advances must be at service of those most in need, pope says

03/18/2024
Cutting-edge science and medical research cannot benefit only the privileged few but must be placed at the service of those most in need, Pope Francis said.
Local 1B.png Holy Week 2024: Lent's prayerful finale

03/12/2024
A brief introduction to Holy Week.
AngelusMarch.JPG Jesus wants all people to be saved, pope says at Angelus

03/11/2024
Christians should pray for the grace to look at others with the same mercy and care with which Jesus looks at them, Pope Francis said.
Latare.JPG CEO of Feeding America named recipient of Notre Dame’s 2024 Laetare Medal

03/10/2024
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, has been named the recipient of the University of Notre Dame's 2024 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.
DSC05163.JPG THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

03/05/2024
Rediscovered in Scripture and art
Angelushome.JPG Relationship with God should be intimate, not transactional, pope says

03/04/2024
Just as Jesus drove out merchants from the temple in Jerusalem, Christians should cleanse themselves from a transactional relationship with God by developing an intimacy with him like that of a family in their home, Pope Francis said.
IVF.JPG Q&A: Why does the church oppose IVF? What can be done about frozen embryos?

03/02/2024
When the Alabama Supreme Court recently recognized the personhood of embryos, it gave legal standing to something the church has clearly established: An embryo is a human being and should be treated with the dignity and rights due to all people, especiall
DCC CUP3.jpg DuBois Central Catholic School awarded DuBois Chamber of Commerce Community Cup

02/27/2024
During the DuBois Chamber of Commerce Business Bash on January 27th, DuBois Central Catholic School received the DuBois Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 Community Cup.
LightAngelus.JPG POPE PROPOSES LENTEN RESOLUTION: KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS

02/26/2024
This Lent, Christians should become "seekers of light" by keeping their sights set on the light of Jesus through prayer and participating in the sacraments, Pope Francis said.
Basilian.JPG BASILIAN SISTERS HONORED FOR BRINGING CHRIST TO PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM WAR, POVERTY, ADDICTION

02/26/2024
Mere days before the second anniversary of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, women religious from that nation and the United States were recognized for their extraordinary efforts to bring Jesus Christ to those suffering from war, poverty and ad
2SynodSynthesis.JPG VATICAN ANNOUNCES SYNOD ASSEMBLY DATES; FORMATION OF STUDY GROUPS

02/19/2024
The second assembly of the Synod of Bishops on synodality will meet Oct. 2-27 and will be preceded by several formal studies coordinated by the synod general secretariat working with various offices of the Roman Curia.
MassGuide.JPG AUTHOR TURNS TO KICKSTARTER TO PUBLISH MASS GUIDE; 'MASS IS THE CENTER OF MY LIFE,' HE SAYS

02/17/2024
Dan Gonzalez, an author from Miami, is preparing to independently publish a book he has been writing and designing since he was in college. It was an encounter in college that he said spurred a deep dive into his faith and prompted the idea for "Mass Expl
ChicagoRecipe.JPG CHICAGO CHEF SHARES 'RECIPE FOR CHANGE' WITH POPE

02/12/2024
Eight hours after meeting Pope Francis, Bruno Abate still could not believe it happened.
AcademyForLife.JPG CREATIVE POWER MUST BE USED RESPONSIBLY, POPE TELLS ACADEMY

02/12/2024
Scientific and technological abilities, which are the product of human creativity, are accelerating at such a rapid pace that people must decide how to use their creativity responsibly, Pope Francis said.
20210907T0745-VATICAN-SYNOD-PREPARATORY-DOCUMENT-1507644_preview.jpg SYNOD ON SYNODALITY IS PROCESS FOR BECOMING A 'BETTER' CHURCH, CARDINAL TELLS EDUCATORS

02/06/2024
Diocese of Erie to hold three Zoom sessions open to all
LetUsLearn.JPG VATICAN OPENS REGISTRATION FOR MAY CELEBRATION OF WORLD CHILDREN'S DAY

02/04/2024
Although the Vatican knows most of the children who will come to Rome May 25-26 for the first World Children's Day will be Italians, Pope Francis hopes local celebrations also will take place so that the whole Catholic Church can experience their joy and
ChildTax.JPG CHILD TAX CREDIT INCREASE PASSED BY HOUSE SEEN AS MODEST STEP FORWARD TO AID FAMILIES

02/04/2024
Even in a politically divided country, the reduction of child poverty in America can typically be embraced as a bipartisan, pro-family and pro-life goal.
20240130T0Narnia.JPG AWARD-WINNING CREATOR OF 'BARBIE' GEARS UP TO ADAPT BELOVED 'NARNIA' SERIES FOR NETFLIX

01/30/2024
Renowned filmmaker Greta Gerwig, fresh off the success of her record-breaking box office hit "Barbie," is gearing up for her next major project -- the adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved children's series, "The Chronicles of Narnia," for Netflix.
NCEA CSW logo.jpg CELEBRATING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

01/29/2024
In observance of Catholic Schools Week, the Diocese of Erie is celebrating the pivotal role of Catholic education in fostering community, faith and service.
HolocaustFlower.JPG JEWISH-CATHOLIC EXPERTS: HOLOCAUST REMEMBERANCE IS CALL TO 'REPUIDATE' DEHUMANIZING PEOPLE

01/27/2024
An annual commemoration of Nazi Germany's slaughter of millions of Jews during World War II is a call to prioritize human dignity, two Jewish-Catholic experts told OSV News.
WalkingWithMoms.JPG WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED

01/23/2024
St. Michael Parish in Fryburg and St. Joseph Parish in Lucinda are among the first parishes to participate in the national pro-life program,
ParisOlympics.JPG FRENCH CATHOLIC DIOCESES EMBRACE SPIRIT OF OLYMPICS WITH 'SPORTS AND FAITH' YEAR

01/21/2024
The 2024 Summer Olympic Games will open in Paris in six months, and in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of the French capital, efforts are under way to build the Olympic and Paralympic Village, as well as the Olympic Aquatics Center.
Pro-life washington.JPG PRO-LIFERS WILL MARCH UNTIL ABORTION IS 'UNTHINKABLE,' SAYS HEAD OF MARCH FOR LIFE

01/21/2024
Thousands of pro-life advocates descended upon the nation's capital for the 51st annual March for Life Jan. 19, undeterred by several inches of snow that accumulated in Washington leading up to - and during - the event.
2024 Pro-Life Breakfast-10.jpg PEOPLE FOR LIFE HOST 46TH ANNUAL PRO-LIFE BREAKFAST

01/17/2024
On January 13, People for Life Held its 46th annual pro-life breakfast
Archive scan.JPG POPE CALLS FOR INVESTING IN PRESERVATION OF CHURCH'S AUDIOVISUAL ARCHIVES

01/14/2024
There is a growing and urgent need to invest in and plan concrete initiatives to preserve and share the Catholic Church's rich but fragile audiovisual heritage, Pope Francis said.
Passionist.JPG PASSIONIST PROVINCES TURN TO SOLAR ENERGY TO POWER MINISTRY AND CARE FOR CREATION

01/14/2024
Two provinces of the Congregation of the Passion and a lay-run Catholic nonprofit have all taken the lead in switching to solar energy to power their work as part of their response to Pope Francis' encyclical
USCCBSurrogacy.JPG USCCB AFFIRMS POPE'S DESCRIPTION OF SURROGACY AS TURNING A CHILD INTO 'AN OBJECT OF TRAFFICKING'

01/09/2024
Pope Francis told diplomats Jan. 8 that he finds surrogacy
Deacon Tom at confirmation 2.jpg CANDIDATES SOUGHT FOR NEXT CLASS OF PERMANENT DEACONS

01/09/2024
First Q & A Zoom scheduled for January 20
PopeBaptism2023SECOND.JPG FAITH IS A GIFT TO CELEBRATE, POPE SAYS AS HE BAPTIZES BABIES

01/07/2024
In the Sistine Chapel, where popes are elected, Pope Francis baptized 16 infants, who, he said, "give us the witness of how to receive the faith: with innocence and with an open heart."
VaticanPopeBlessing.JPG DOCTRINAL DICASTERY ISSUES TEACHING ON BLESSINGS
While church’s definition of marriage remains unchanged, gay and unmarried couples may now receive a blessing.
12/19/2023
A Catholic priest can bless a gay or other unmarried couple as long as it is not a formal liturgical blessing and does not give the impression that the Catholic Church is blessing the union as if it were a marriage, the Vatican doctrinal office said.
FERNANDEZ.JPG HAVING CHILD OUT OF WEDLOCK DOES NOT BAR ACCESS TO SACRAMENTS, VATICAN SAYS

12/16/2023
Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández comments on changes in the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he serves as prefect, as meets a CNS reporter in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican after Pope Francis made him a cardinal Sept. 30, 2023. (CNS p
immigration.JPG US CATHOLICS' PRIEST SHORTAGE FACES NEW 'SERIOUS CRISIS' DUE TO IMMIGRATION LAW

12/16/2023
A recent U.S. federal government procedural change in green card processing for foreign-born religious workers has raised concerns about the potential departure of priests and religious sisters and brothers crucial to U.S. dioceses.
EucharisticRevivalLogo.JPG NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL INVITES CATHOLICS TO 'SPARK' A FIRE WITH PRAYER SERIES

12/10/2023
The National Eucharistic Revival is inviting everyday Catholics to personally participate in the nationwide movement by asking God to transform and renew their hearts through prayer.
Nativity scene.JPG POPE MARKS 800TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIVITY SCENE, ASKS FOR PRAYERS FOR HOLY LAND

12/10/2023
A 15th-century fresco inspired the Nativity scene erected in St. Peter's Square for the 800th anniversary celebrations.
St. Catherine 33.17.jpg A NEW BEGINNING FOR HOLY SPIRIT PARISH COMMUNITY IN DUBOIS

12/05/2023
On December 2, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Sykesville; St. Bernard Parish, Falls Creek; St. Catherine of Siena Parish, DuBois; St. Mary Parish, Reynoldsville; and St. Michael the Archangel Parish, DuBois, officially merged into Holy Spir
PeaceLight.JPG MESSAGE OF PEACE LIGHT, NOW IN US, SEEN AS MORE URGENT AMID ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR

12/04/2023
As Catholics across the New York metropolitan area were given the opportunity to light their first candle of the Advent season the weekend of Dec. 2-3, a flame drawn from a source that dates back 1,000 years arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airpor
COP28.JPG POPE CALLS WORLD LEADERS TO END DIVISIONS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

12/04/2023
The future of humanity depends on what people choose now, Pope Francis said in his message to global leaders at the World Climate Action Summit of the U.N. Climate Change Conference.
AngelusNov2.JPG POPE LEADS ANGELUS FROM HIS RESIDENCE BECAUSE OF ILLNESS

11/26/2023
Pope Francis led the Angelus prayer from the chapel of his residence instead of the usual window overlooking St. Peter's Square due to inflammation of his lungs.
Seamstress.JPG YOUNG WOMAN STITCHES TOGETHER FAITH, FASHION TO CREATE TIMELESS LITURGICAL GARMENTS

11/26/2023
: In Warwick, Rhode Island, Emily Boni, a talented sacred seamstress and graduate in fashion design, is using her passion for faith and fashion to create intricate vestments for Catholic priests.
Baptism.jpg THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN

11/21/2023
It's never too late to participate in the sacraments of the church.
PovertyScandal.JPG 'POVERTY IS A SCANDAL,' POPE SAYS; CHRISTIANS MUST USE GIFTS FOR CHARITY

11/20/2023
The material, cultural and spiritual poverties that exist in the world are a
BidenClimate.JPG CATHOLIC LEADERS, WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS TALK CLIMATE CHANGE AS COP28 NEARS

11/20/2023
A group of delegates, including three U.S. Catholic bishops and the head of a conference of women religious, met with Biden administration officials Nov. 17 to discuss the Catholic Church's priorities for what Pope Francis has called
Program.JPG U.S. BISHOPS OPEN FALL ASSEMBLY WITH PRAYER, REFLECTION AND A MASS FOR PEACE

11/14/2023
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, led his brother bishops in prayer for wisdom as they began their fall plenary assembly in Baltimore Nov. 13 with
Clinic.JPG VATICAN CLINIC EXTENDS HOURS AHEAD OF WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

11/13/2023
In the bustling heart of Rome, the Vatican's "Madre di Misericordia" clinic, spearheaded by dedicated physicians like Dr. Massimo Ralli, is witnessing a surge in demand, now tending to over 1,500 patients each month
20231107T1046-CORNELL-THREATS-CATHOLIC-RESPONSE-1768337_preview.jpg CATHOLIC COMMUNITY AT CORNELL RESPONDS TO HATE POSTS WITH PRAYER, OUTREACH

11/07/2023
Threats traced to Cornell student
Group.JPG ST. MARY PARISH'S ALL SAINTS DAY FESTIVAL: A JOYOUS GATHERING OF YOUNG SAINTS-TO-BE

11/07/2023
St. Mary Parish, Reynoldsville celebrated All Saints Day with a festival where children had the opportunity to emulate their favorite saints.
WarAngelus.JPG WARS IN GAZA, UKRAINE, 'KILL' THE FUTURE OF CHILDREN, POPE SAYS

11/06/2023
he wars being fought in Gaza, Ukraine and other parts of the world are destroying the future of the children who live in those nations, Pope Francis said.
Reparation mass.JPG BROOKLYN BISHOP CELEBRATES MASS OF REPARATION IN CHURCH AFTER MUSIC VIDEO 'DESECRATION'

11/06/2023
Bishop Robert J. Brennan of Brooklyn celebrated a Mass of Reparation Nov. 4 in a Brooklyn Catholic Church used in a violent and sexually provocative music video, and he has removed its well-known pastor from his diocesan development role.
MaineParish.JPG AFTER MASS SHOOTING, MAINE PARISH BECOMES HUB OF HEALING

10/31/2023
A Maine parish has become a hub of healing as its community grapples with a devastating mass shooting.
Antonia Acutis-19a updated.jpg RAISING SAINTS: LESSONS FROM THE MOTHER OF BLESSED CARLO ACUTIS

10/31/2023
Antonia Acutis discusses her new book, her children and the vocation of parenthood
SynodSynthesis.JPG SYNOD SYNTHESIS SHOWS AGREEMENT, DIVERGENCES, INCLUDING ON 'SYNODALITY'

10/30/2023
A report summarizing discussions at the assembly of the Synod of Bishops said the church may need more welcoming pastoral approaches, especially to people who feel excluded, but also acknowledged fears of betraying traditional church teachings and practic
LocalStory2.jpg HONORING SERVICE AND JUSTICE: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2023 HELPING HANDS GALA

10/24/2023
The annual event, hosted by Catholic Charities, In., of the Diocese of Erie, was held at Gannon University’s Yehl Alumni Ballroom on Thursday, October 12.
SynodMeetingHall.JPG SYNOD ASSEMBLY TO ISSUE 'LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD' AT SESSION'S END

10/22/2023
Members of the Synod of Bishops will issue a "Letter to the People of God" at the close of the first session of the synod assembly, which ends Oct. 29, the Vatican said.
SVDP-COMMUNITY-OUTREACH-CENTER-1767140.JPG ABANDONED LAUNDROMAT THAT IS NOW CATHOLIC OUTREACH CENTER HELPS CHANGE LIVES

10/17/2023
An abandoned laundromat might seem an odd place to transform into a Society of St. Vincent de Paul facility for community outreach.
SynodPilgrimage.JPG PILGRIM PATH: SYNOD PARTICIPANTS JOURNEY TO ROOTS OF FAITH IN ROME

10/14/2023
Since
Gannon-Horror Films Talk-2023-6.jpg ARE HORROR FILMS CATHOLIC? A LOFTUS LECTURE AT GANNON UNIVERSITY

10/10/2023
Sister Rose Pacatte, F.S.P, gives a lecture on horror films and Catholicism at Gannon University.
HamasIsrael.JPG JERUSALEM CHURCH LEADERS CALL FOR PEACE FOLLOWING DEADLY HAMAS ATTACK

10/08/2023
Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem united in a call for peace and justice amid unfolding violence, following a surprise attack by Hamas in southern Israel.
MarchForLife.JPG MARCH FOR LIFE EXPANDS STATE MARCHES, UNDERSCORING STATES' VARIED ABORTION LAWS

10/08/2023
Headed into its 50th year, the March for Life, a fixture of Catholic pro-life activism held in the nation's capital each January, is about to become part of a tapestry.
IMG_7860.JPG SERVICE AND JUSTICE MEET AT 2023 HELPING HANDS GALA

10/03/2023
The 2023 Catholic Charities Helping Hands Gala will be held on October 12.
PopeClimateChange.JPG POLL: U.S. CATHOLICS' VIEWS ON CLIMATE SHOW NO SIGNIFICANT 'LAUDATO SI'' EFFECT YEARS LATER

10/01/2023
Despite Pope Francis' advocacy for caring for creation, U.S. Catholics are no more likely than other Americans to view climate change as
Redhatscrolls.JPG CREATING CARDINALS FROM 16 NATIONS, POPE ASKS THEM TO JOIN CHURCH 'SYMPHONY'

10/01/2023
Coming from different parts of the world and having different experiences and talents, members of the College of Cardinals are called to create a "symphony," listening to one another and to the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said.
FarmBill2.JPG FARM BILL KEY TO FOOD SECURITY IN US AND ABROAD, CATHOLIC ACTIVISTS SAY

09/26/2023
As the 2023 Farm Bill approaches renewal in December, Catholic activists stress the vital importance of prioritizing food security measures both domestically and internationally.
AngelusJustice.JPG GOD HAS THE SAME LOVE FOR ALL, POPE SAYS AT ANGELUS

09/25/2023
People often are tempted to think their relationship with God is some kind of commercial transaction where they buy God's grace with their hard work, Pope Francis said.
synod-logo hi res.jpg WITH INTERNATIONAL SYNOD ON THE HORIZON, FAITHFUL CALLED TO PRAYER

09/19/2023
Rome assembly to gather October 4-28
Astronomer.JPG VATICAN ASTRONOMER HELPS NASA IN HISTORIC MISSION TO STUDY ASTEROID

09/18/2023
Jesuit Brother Bob Macke, a Vatican astronomer and meteorite expert, has built a custom device for studying material from the first U.S. mission to collect a sample from an asteroid.
BeheadedJesus2.JPG PARISH FORGIVES VANDAL BEHIND BEHEADED JESUS STATUE AT LOUISIANA CATHOLIC SCHOOL

09/18/2023
A Louisiana Catholic parish and its school are mourning the destruction of a beloved, life-sized statue of Jesus -- and extending forgiveness and prayers to the perpetrator -- after its decapitation during the overnight hours of Sept. 12-13.
MoroccoEarthquake2.JPG CHURCH IN MOROCCO: POPE OFFERS PRAYERS AFTER DEADLY QUAKE KILLS MORE THAN 2,800 PEOPLE

09/10/2023
A powerful earthquake struck Morocco the night of Sept. 8, killing more than 2,800 people, with the numbers expected to rise as rescuers continue to search through the rubble. Search and rescue teams continue their attempt to reach those in remote village
JudeRelicsPromo.JPG RELIC OF ST. JUDE, APOSTLE AND PATRON OF DESPERATE CAUSES, BEGINS US TOUR

09/09/2023
A relic of St. Jude, patron saint of hopes causes, and the namesake of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis is traveling through the United States for the first time.
LocalStory.jpeg WALKING IN FAITH: DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION FINDS UNITY IN PRAYER

09/09/2023
The Diocese of Erie's Catholic school leaders use a unique prayer walk to foster spiritual connection and community among its distant schools' management teams, bridging geographical gaps through faith and prayer.
MongoliaPlane.JPG SYNOD ASSEMBLY WON'T BE SECRET, BUT WON'T BE OPEN TO PRESS, POPE SAYS

09/04/2023
The Synod of Bishops is not a television show or a parliamentary debate, and its discussions will not be open to the public or to reporters, Pope Francis said.
NewMexico.JPG US CATHOLIC DIOCESES ARE LEADING THE 'GREEN REVOLUTION' CHAMPIONED BY POPES

09/03/2023
Many Catholics, increasingly aware of the environmental impact of fossil fuels, are at the forefront of a
CatholicSchools.JPG U.S. CATHOLIC SCHOOLS SEE STRONG GROWTH, FORMING CHILDREN 'WHO LOVE JESUS CHRIST'

08/29/2023
As they open their doors for a new academic year, the nation's Catholic schools are enjoying overall strong growth, along with a firm commitment to mission, experts told OSV News.
Stamps.JPG LAUDATO SI' 2.0: POPE ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENT AHEAD OF 'SEASON OF CREATION''

08/27/2023
Ahead of the ecumenical celebrations of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Sept. 1 and the monthlong
RIGIDITY.JPG 'RIGIDITY IS BAD, BUT FIRMNESS IS GOOD,' POPE SAYS AT ANGELUS

08/22/2023
Christians must stand firm in their faith but that is not the same as being rigid and unwilling to bend out of compassion for another, Pope Francis said.
Catechumenate.JPG INDIANAPOLIS PARISH PILOTS NEW PREP PROGRAM, MODELED AFTER 'CATECHUMENATE,' TO STRENGTHEN MARRIAGES IN FAITH

08/21/2023
A new form of marriage preparation is being developed to help strengthen marriages rooted in the faith.
PopeAngelusStorms.JPG JESUS DOES NOT ABANDON INDIVIDUALS OR THE CHURCH, POPE SAYS AT ANGELUS

08/14/2023
aving faith does not mean there will be no difficulties in life, either for individuals or for the church as a whole, Pope Francis said, but it does mean knowing that Jesus is there to give courage and to defeat evil.
2023 Anniversary Mass-42.jpg DIOCESE RECOGNIZES COUPLES CELEBRATING MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES

08/14/2023
Bishop Lawrence Persico presided over the first of two anniversary Masses on August 6, at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Erie.
HawaiiFires2.JPG CATHOLICS APPEAL FOR HELP AS BIDEN DELCARES MAUI'S DEADLY FIRES A FEDERAL EMERGENCY

08/13/2023
Catholic Charities Hawai'i in the Honolulu Diocese has appealed for donations to help the agency meet the housing, food and other needs of what could be thousands of victims from wildfires raging on the island of Maui that wiped out an entire town and dro
Zabawa.jpg SUMMER FESTIVALS BRING JOY, UNITE THE FAITHFUL

08/08/2023
Three festivals celebrating deep Catholic roots round out the end of the Summer season.
Korea.JPG U.S. CATHOLIC KOREANS ALREADY PLANNING TRIP HOME FOR WORLD YOUTH DAY IN SEOUL

08/07/2023
When Pope Francis announced that the South Korean capital city of Seoul would host World Youth Day 2027, Rosemary Shin realized she might make a special homecoming trip in 2027 to South Korea and let out a raucous cheer, waving arms and pumping her fists
POPEAPPEALSANGELUS.JPG POPE TO RUSSIA: DESTORYING GRAIN, CREATING HUNGER IS 'GRAVE OFFENSE TO GOD'

08/01/2023
Destroying grain is a
Fire.JPG AS RECORD HEAT SCORCHES THE GLOBE, CLIMATE ADVOCATES URGE CATHOLICS TO TAKE ACTION

07/31/2023
More than 80 million Americans are currently under dangerous heat advisories. Temperatures in California's Death Valley hover around 120 degrees Fahrenheit at midnight. Setting a city record, Phoenix as of July 31 had seen 31 straight days of heat over 11
Bishop Lohse-St. Julia Farewell-124.jpg ST. JULIA PARISH GIVES THANKS TO BELOVED PASTOR, BISHOP EDWARD LOHSE

07/25/2023
Parishioners at St. Julia Parish, Erie, say goodbye to their pastor, Bishop Edward Lohse.
ElderlyMass.JPG POPE TO YOUNG PEOPLE: TO TACKLE LIFE'S UPS AND DOWNS, LOOK TO THE ELDERLY

07/24/2023
Pope Francis celebrated a Mass for World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on July 23.
Belief.JPG NEW POLL ON DECLINING FAITH SHOULD PROMPT GREATER WITNESS, EXPERTS SAY

07/23/2023
A new survey indicates belief in spiritual entities continues to decline in the U.S. — and evangelization leaders say the data is a call for Catholics to examine their own witness to their faith.
Chalice dreamstime_l_192865555.jpg RECEPTION OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD TO BE REINTRODUCED AT MASS

07/18/2023
Bishop Persico asks for period of instruction prior to Aug. 5 Solemnity of the Transfiguration
Sower1.JPG SOW SEEDS OF FAITH, EVEN WHEN THEIR FRUITS ARE NOT IMMEDIATE, POPE SAYS

07/17/2023
Before praying the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square on July 16, Pope Francis discussed the day’s Gospel reading from Matthew which details the parable of the sower and the seeds.
Pierre.JPG USCCB 'REJOICES' AT ANNOUNCEMENT OF TWO CARDINALS-DESIGNATE WITH 'DEEP TIES' TO U.S.

07/10/2023
On behalf of the bishops of the United States, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of Military Services, USA, and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, offered his congratulations and prayers July 9 upon Pope Francis' announcement of the creatio
ProLifeCareAct.JPG AS U.S. MATERNAL MORTALITY RISES, PRO-LIFE LEADERS CALL FOR 'CARE FOR HER ACT'

07/10/2023
The proposed "Care for Her Act" promises to provide what its title suggests: support for women, specifically pregnant and parenting women.
Synod.JPG POPE APPOINTS HUNDREDS TO ATTEND SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON SYNODALITY

07/10/2023
Pope Francis has appointed more than 450 participants, including dozens of religious men and women and laypeople from around the world, to attend the first general assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality in October.
USCCBBishop.JPG U.S. BISHOPS ADVANCE PASTORAL INITIATIVES TO STRENGTHEN CHURCH AMID DISCUSSIONS ON EUCHARIST, PRIESTHOOD, SYNODALITY

06/19/2023
Meeting in Orlando for their spring assembly, the U.S. bishops moved ahead on some efforts to advance the church's mission in the U.S., including new pastoral initiatives aimed at activating Catholics as missionary disciples.
PopeWave.JPG POPE LEADS ANGELUS, THANKS PEOPLE FOR PRAYERS FOR HIS RECOVERY

06/19/2023
With a slightly quivering voice, before leading the recitation of the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis thanked everyone who prayed for him and cared for him while he was in the hospital.
LocalStory.jpg SUMMER OF 2023 BRINGS ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT ROUND OF CLERGY APPOINTMENTS

06/19/2023
A substantial number of clergy assignments were announced at parishes across the diocese this past weekend. They fell into two different categories: those whose assignments were renewed and those who received new assignments.
Awards.png DIOCESE EARNS RECOGNITION FROM THE CATHOLIC MEDIA ASSOCIATION

06/15/2023
The Catholic Media Association announced June 9 that several aspects of the work of the Communications Office and a book by Father Scott Detisch were among the winners of the national organization’s annual awards.
Serra Club2.jpg HONOREES CELEBRATED AT ANNUAL SERRA CLUB DINNER

06/13/2023
Each year, the Serra Club of Erie holds an Installation Mass and Dinner during which they install new members of the group and honor an outstanding priest, deacon, sister and layperson of the year.
Gemelli.JPG POPE CONTINUES RECOVERY WORKING, RESTING, PRAYING

06/12/2023
Pope Francis is recovering well from his abdominal surgery on June 7 at Rome's Gemelli Hospital. According to the Vatican, his post-operative recovery is proceeding normally.
HarrisonButker.JPG DURING SUPER BOWL WINNERS' WHITE HOUSE VISIT, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS KICKER CHAMPIONS PRO-LIFE MESSAGE

06/08/2023
The Kansas City Chiefs were honored with a June 6 invitation to the White House by President Joe Biden following their victory in this year's Super Bowl. The visit took an unexpected turn as Harrison Butker, the kicker who secured the game-winning field g
FosterFamily.png WEBINAR PANELISTS URGE CATHOLIC PARISHES TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT FOSTER, ADOPTIVE PARENTS

06/05/2023
During a May 31 webinar on foster care, Julia Dezelski, assistant director for marriage and family life at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth described the continued needs of foster and adoptive
20230605T0800-POPE-ANGELUS-TRINITY-1760659 (1).JPG POPE ASKS CATHOLICS TO WELCOME EVERYONE

06/05/2023
   "Our God is a communion of love: and this is how Jesus revealed him to us," the pope said before praying the Angelus with some 20,000 visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square June 4.
Beran-Pius-Ordination-02376.jpg TWO PRIESTS ORDAINED AT ST. PETER CATHEDRAL, ERIE

05/30/2023
The pews at Erie's St. Peter Cathedral were filled with priests, deacons and friends and family of Father Chris Beran and Father Cory Pius on Friday, May 26. All were gathered to celebrate the Mass of Ordination for the two newest priests of the diocese.
BishopVote.JPG EXPERTS HOPE FOR PROGRESS ON HEALTH CARE, DISABILITY MINISTRY AND HISPANIC CATHOLICS AT U.S. BISHOPS' JUNE MEETING

05/30/2023
Ahead of the U.S. bishops' June meeting, pastoral experts told OSV News they are looking forward to progress on issues impacting health care, Hispanic Catholics and persons with disabilities.
InternationalStory.JPG PROMOTE CHRISTIAN VALUES, NOT DIVISIONS, ON SOCIAL MEDIA, VATICAN SAYS

05/29/2023
Catholics should make an
WYD2023.JPG POPE FRANCIS ADDS FATIMA VISIT TO WORLD YOUTH DAY TRIP

05/23/2023
Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima during his trip to Portugal for World Youth Day 2023, the Vatican said.
Mental health.JPG EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL A CALL TO ACCOMPANY THOSE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, SAYS EXPERT

05/23/2023
With U.S. Catholics in the midst of a National Eucharistic Revival, the call to accompany those with mental illness is stronger than ever, a Catholic mental health counselor and researcher told OSV News.
Flags.png MEMORIAL DAY AND THE MEANING OF SERVICE

05/22/2023
Father Marc Stockton offers his thoughts on Memorial Day, a sacred holiday in which we honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the armed forces.
PopeFR.JPG HOLY SPIRIT DEFENDS, CONSOLES THOSE WHO CALL ON HIS HELP, POPE SAYS

05/15/2023
The Holy Spirit consoles, defends and tenderly corrects those who turn to and listen to him, Pope Francis said.
LocalStory.jpg CREATING A SPIRITUAL AND SOCIAL CONNECTION IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

05/15/2023
Priests and school chaplains in the Diocese of Erie help students navigate challenging educational and life lessons by creating a vibrant faith community and building authentic relationships with students.
Strike1.JPG WILL AI SERVE OR REPLACE HOLLYWOOD'S HUMAN WRITERS ON STRIKE FOR BETTER WAGES?

05/15/2023
When the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the labor union that represents film, television, radio and online media writers, went on strike May 2 for the first time in 15 years, among the 11,500 members' demands to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Televis
SaintPlays.JPG TWO POTENTIAL BLACK CATHOLIC SAINTS INSPIRE AUDIENCES THROUGH THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS

05/09/2023
The stories of Venerable Father Augustus Tolton and Thea Bowman, Servant of God, are the subject of two new inspiring theatrical productions bringing their lives to audiences across the United States. If Father Tolton and Sister Bowman become saints, they
Jockey.JPG MEDALS, SCAPULARS ARE OFTEN PART OF JOCKEYS' UNIFORMS; AMID RISKS OF HORSE RACING, RIDERS VALUE PRAYER, DEVOTION

05/08/2023
The profession of riding racehorses is fulfilling but also dangerous. The rules of the sport require an ambulance to follow jockeys around the track every time a race is conducted. It's a way of life that leads many to call on their faith for protection.
Coronation.JPG CATHOLIC LEADERS WELCOME 'FOCUS ON SERVICE' AT KING'S CORONATION

05/08/2023
Catholic leaders in Britain welcomed the ecumenical and interfaith elements in the May 6 coronation of King Charles III and his consort, Queen Camilla, as well as a pledge by the new monarch
20230428T1715-OKLAHOMA-FARM-1759044_preview.jpg CHILDREN WORKING IN AGRICULTURE FACE GRUELING LABOR WITH LITTLE LEGAL PROTECTION, SPEAKERS SAY

05/02/2023
Safety, health seen as biggest issues for as many as 500,000 child farmworkers in US
Blessed Carlo relic.jpg DIOCESE TO HOST PRECIOUS RELICS OF BLESSED CARLO ACUTIS AND SAINT MANUEL GONZALES GARCIA

05/01/2023
Relics will be available in Erie, Warren, St. Marys, DuBois and Oil City
20230429T1130-POPE-HUNGARY-YOUTH-1759081_preview.jpg HUMAN POTENTIAL EXPANDS EXPONENTIALLY WHEN PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER, POPE SAYS

05/01/2023
Calls humanity and humility 'keys to creativity' during trip to Hungary
LaityFamily.JPG LAITY SHARE BAPTISMAL CALL TO MINISTRY, POPE SAYS

04/24/2023
The ministry of lay Catholics, whether formally instituted by the church or simply inspired by the Holy Spirit to serve the needs of others, flows from baptism and a recognition that every Christian is called to take part in the mission of the church, Pop
art2003-5-8-1.jpg Students respond: What does the Eucharist mean to you?

04/24/2023
Hundreds of students submit entries
BostonStrong.JPG CARDINAL RECALLS THOSE KILLED, INJURED IN 2013 BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING; URGES PRAYERS FOR 'GIFT OF PEACE'

04/17/2023
On the 10th anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley reflected on the impact the event had on the victims, survivors, first responders and what must be done to prevent such acts of violence.
Square1.JPG PEOPLE WOUNDED IN LIFE SHOULD FIND WELCOME IN THE CHURCH, POPE SAYS

04/17/2023
Christians should ask themselves where they look for Jesus, the pope said. Is it
ReginaCoeli.JPG SHARE EASTER JOY WITH OTHERS, POPE URGES

04/10/2023
Thinking of the women disciples, Pope Francis asked people in the square,
PopePalm.JPG POPE SAYS BE CLOSE TO THOSE 'ABANDONED' LIKE CHRIST: UNBORN, MIGRANTS

04/04/2023
The unborn, migrants, the elderly and the disabled are
Forsythia 2 dreamstime_l_52108799.jpg A PRAYER FOR JOY, HOPE, PEACE AND GRACE

04/04/2023
An Easter message from Bishop Lawrence Persico
cardparty.JPG AN ARTILLERY OF SUPPORT: THE SAINT MARK SEMINARY AUXILIARY

03/28/2023
 The St. Mark Seminary Auxiliary, a group of dedicated parishioners, has been supporting seminarians studying to become priests in the Diocese of Erie for almost 80 years. The auxiliary members lend their support to the young men through prayer, friendsh
PopeSpace.JPG POPE'S MESSAGE OF HOPE HEADED TO SPACE, AUDIO BEAMED BACK TO EARTH

03/27/2023
Pope Francis' message of hope for humanity will be shot into earth's orbit as a
AngelusWitness.JPG DO NOT BE AFRAID TO BE A WITNESS TO GOD'S LOVE, POPE SAYS

03/20/2023
Christians must not be afraid of being judged or condemned for bearing witness to the gifts and love they receive from God, Pope Francis said.
Clearfield March Deanery Meeting-022a.jpg DIOCESE INITIATES ANOTHER ROUND OF PARISH RESTRUCTURING

03/20/2023
First meetings held in Bradford, Clearfield, Oil City and Erie areas
Keith 3.jpg THE JOY OF JOINING THE CHURCH

03/14/2023
When the Rite of Election took place at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in DuBois on Sunday, March 5, no one was more excited than Keith Holden.
Pope10.JPG 'FRATERNITY, TEARS, SMILES': POPE SHARES HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

03/13/2023
In interviews focused on the 10th anniversary of his election, Pope Francis insisted it is not his task to make an accounting of what he has or has not accomplished since March 13, 2013.
LocalWedding2.jpg THE THREAD OF MINISTRY

03/07/2023
Anyone who lives in DuBois can tell you it’s a small but tight-knit community woven together by the relationships formed through school, work and parish life.
VaticanStatistics.JPG VATICAN STATISTICS SHOW DECLINE IN CLERGY, RELIGIOUS WOMEN, WORLDWIDE

03/06/2023
The number of Catholics and permanent deacons in the world rose in 2021, while the number of seminarians, priests, and men and women in religious orders declined, according to Vatican statistics.
OConnellFuneral.JPG THOUSANDS GATHER AT FUNERAL MASS FOR LA'S BISHOP O'CONNELL, RECALLED AS 'SOUL FRIEND' TO ALL

03/06/2023
Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David G. O'Connell was remembered as a man
MAHAN.JPG INDIANAPOLIS PRIEST NAMED DIRECTOR OF USCCB'S INSTITUTE ON THE CATECHISM

02/27/2023
The recently formed Institute on the Catechism will carry out the U.S. bishops' vision of the importance of
ElPastor.JPG NEW BOOK OF INTERVIEWS TO HONOR POPE'S MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY

02/27/2023
On March 1, journalists Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti will release a book titled, “El Pastor” (The Shepherd) featuring interviews from Pope Francis' time as pontiff.
20230220T2040-BISHOP-MURDER-SUSPECT-CUSTODY-1756456_preview.jpg EMOTIONAL LA SHERIFF DETAILS ARREST OF SUSPECT IN SHOOTING DEATH OF BISHOP O'CONNELL

02/21/2023
Motive remains unclear
UkraineUpdate.JPG ONE YEAR OF WAR: HEAD OF UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH SHARES HOPES, SORROWS

02/21/2023
With the first anniversary of Russia's large-scale invasion of Ukraine just days away, the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church spoke about gratitude and powerlessness in the face of a
BishopOconnell.JPG LA'S 'PEACEMAKER' BISHOP DAVID O' CONNELL FOUND FATALLY SHOT IN HIS HOME; DEATH RULED A HOMICIDE

02/20/2023
Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David G. O'Connell, a native of Ireland who spent most of his four decades as a priest ministering in LA's inner city, was shot and killed Feb. 18 in his Hacienda Heights home, a neighborhood east of LA.
PriestChef.JPG FRENCH-TRAINED CHEF TURNED CATHOLIC PRIEST RAISES FUNDS, BUILDS COMMUNITY WITH MEMPHIS KING CAKES

02/19/2023
When it comes to raising money for his parish, Father Ben Bradshaw of Memphis really knows how to make the dough.
Synodlogo.JPG NEXT STEP IN THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY: THE CONTINENTAL PHASE

02/14/2023
Diocesan representatives contribute to North American report
AngelusSquare.JPG POPE: JESUS WANTS US TO LOVE FULLY, NOT FLAUNT FACADE OF FOLLOWING RULES

02/13/2023
Religious rules are good and necessary, but Jesus wants his disciples to go beyond the letter of the law and fully live out its meaning, Pope Francis said.
EucharisticCongressRegistration.JPG REGISTRATION OPENS FEB. 15 FOR 2024 NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS

02/12/2023
Registration for the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis July 17-21, 2024, will open Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. (EST)/noon (CST).
TurkeyEarthquake.JPG POPE SADDENED BY 'HUGE LOSS OF LIFE' AFTER EARTHQUAKES IN TURKEY AND SYRIA

02/06/2023
Pope Francis expressed his
Train.JPG 'HAND OF THE LORD' SPARED OHIO TOWN AMID TRAIN DERAILMENT, SAYS PRIEST

02/05/2023
An Ohio priest told OSV News
GreenComet.png CATHOLICS LOOK TO NIGHT SKY

01/31/2023
New comet reveals 'the glory of God'
Erie March for Life 2023-00626.jpg LOCAL MARCH FOR LIFE ATTRACTS FAMILIES AND YOUNG ADULTS

01/31/2023
People for Life held its annual March for Life in Erie on Saturday, Jan. 28. Over 300 people gathered in Perry Square for the event which began at 11:45 am and lasted until about 1 pm.
ANGELUSJAN29.JPG CHRISTIANS IN AFFLUENT SOCIETIES MUST COMBAT 'THROWAWAY CULTURE,' POPE SAYS

01/30/2023
Christians must combat the prevalent culture of wastefulness by becoming poor in spirit, Pope Francis said.
SocialMinistryDisability.JPG CHURCH CALLED TO ADDRESS STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, ADVOCATES SAY

01/29/2023
The church is called to address taboos associated with mental illness both within society and within its own ranks, advocates at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering said on Jan. 28.
LunarNewYear.JPG OUTPOURING OF GRIEF, PRAYERS AS LUNAR NEW YEAR MASSACRE LATEST U.S. MASS SHOOTING

01/23/2023
"With the whole family of God here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I am praying for the victims of this violence," said Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez in a statement following a mass shooting that left 10 people dead and at least 10 more wounded
LiturgyDirectors.JPG POPE FRANCIS COMMENTS ON LENGTHY HOMILIES

01/23/2023
Speaking off the cuff to diocesan liturgical directors Jan. 20, the pope said homilies are not academic conferences.
158.JPG MASS ATTENDANCE GROWS SLIGHTLY AS PANDEMIC RECEDES

01/23/2023
Trend since 2014 still down by 45 percent
Pro-Life Breakfast 2023-21.jpg 45TH ANNUAL PRO-LIFE BREAKFAST HELD AT ERIE'S BAYFRONT CONVENTION CENTER

01/17/2023
Erie's Bayfront Convention Center was overflowing with people on Saturday, Jan, 14. Ticketholders for the 45th Annual Pro-Life Breakfast gave their attention to guest speaker Patricia Sandoval as they enjoyed their meal.
Barron.JPG FIRST-EVER WONDER CONFERENCE BOLDLY GOES TO FRONTIER OF 'SCIENCE AND RELIGION'

01/17/2023
Some 1,000 clergy, religious and lay attendees joined the first-ever Wonder Conference, which took place at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas, Jan. 13-14.
PopeWave.JPG POPE ANNOUNCES ECUMENICAL PRAYER BEFORE SYNOD ASSEMBLY IN OCTOBER

01/16/2023
Encouraging Catholics to participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis also announced that before the assembly of the Synod of Bishops opens in early October, there will be an ecumenical prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square.
Dave.JPG NET MINISTRIES APPOINTS VETERAN MISSIONARY AS NEXT PRESIDENT TO SUCCEED FOUNDER

01/09/2023
After serving NET Ministries in West St. Paul for 25 years, David Rinaldi has been named the organization's new president, succeeding Mark Berchem, who founded the Catholic youth ministry in 1981 and has served as its president since then.
PeacePope.JPG PEACE REQUIRES A 'DEFENSE OF LIFE,' POPE TELLS AMBASSADORS

01/09/2023
Pope Francis made several statements to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See regarding a pathway to peace.
Francis presides 2 20230105T0722-BENEDICT-FUNERAL-1754269_preview.jpg AT FUNERAL, POPE REMEMBERS BENEDICT'S 'WISDOM, TENDERNESS, DEVOTION'

01/05/2023
From royalty to Bavarians, an estimated 50,000 people participate in the former pontiff's funeral
CCCAS.jpg THE MISSION OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES COUNSELING AND ADOPTION SERVICES

01/03/2023
Originally founded in 1953, Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services (CCCAS) has provided support to expectant and new mothers since its start.
PopeFuneral.JPG THOUSANDS PAY LAST RESPECTS TO POPE BENEDICT IN ST. PETER'S BASILICA

01/02/2023
The body of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be laying in repose in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, until the late evening of Jan. 4. Vatican police said that by 2 PM on Jan. 2, 40,000 people had already entered the basilica to honor the former pontiff.
Revival Procession.JPG EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL'S UPCOMING PARISH YEAR AIMS FOR CATHOLICS TO EXPERIENCE A LIFE-CHANGING 'PERSONAL ENCOUNTER' WITH CHRIST

01/02/2023
The three-year Eucharistic Revival is currently in its first year, the Year of Diocesan Revival. The second year, the Year of Parish Revival, begins June 11.
Vatican II 20221231T0515-OBIT-BENEDICT-1753952_preview.jpg THE LASTING LEGACY OF POPE BENEDICT XVI

12/31/2022
Roles as priest, cardinal, pope and pope emeritus spanned long life of service to the church
20160114T1203-1475-CNS-POPE-SYNAGOGUE-DISEGNI.jpg WORLD LEADERS EXPRESS CONDOLENCES

12/31/2022
Personal memories as well as accomplishments cited
20130211nw51.jpg IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF EMERITUS POPE BENEDICT XVI

12/31/2022
A timeline of his life April 1927 - December 2022
United Nations.jpg POPE BENEDICT'S 2008 US VISIT A WHIRLWIND WITH TIMELY, POINTED MESSAGES

12/31/2022
Pope offered many key messages during six-day visit
20130102cnsbr13253.jpg EIGHT YEARS AS POPE CAPPED LONG MINISTRY AS TEACHER OF THE FAITH

12/31/2022
Global ministry began with role at Second Vatican Council
20221229T1215-OBIT-BENEDICT-1753634.JPG DETAILS ON WATCHING POPE BENEDICT'S FUNERAL, WHICH WILL BE SIMPLE

12/31/2022
Plans developed around the former pontiff's wishes
14 20210913T1100-POPE-FRANCIS-EUROPE-BENEDICT-1508114.JPG POPE FRANCIS PAYS TRIBUTE TO POPE BENEDICT; HIGHLIGHTS GENTLENESS

12/31/2022
Offers thoughts during evening prayer
PopeCharity.JPG POPE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO EXERCISE CHARITY

12/19/2022
Pope Francis spent part of his 86th birthday paying tribute to people who have gone above and beyond in the exercise of charity.
Vera.JPG POPE ADVANCES SAINTHOOD CAUSES, INCLUDING FIRST 'MARTYR' OF CHARITY

12/19/2022
Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of members of a Polish family who were sheltering a Jewish family during World War II, and, for the first time, advanced the sainthood cause of a candidate under the category of heroically offering his life out of lov
Benedictine.jpg KEEPING THE SPIRIT OF THE BENEDICTINE SISTERS ALIVE IN ST. MARYS

12/13/2022
The Benedictine Gift Shop at 139 Church Street in St. Marys is so much more than a typical gift shop.
Doubt1.JPG DOUBT CAN BE A STEP TOWARD DEEPER FAITH, POPE SAYS

12/12/2022
Even the most fervent believers go through moments of doubt and questioning about God, and it is a good thing, Pope Francis said, because it helps one see that God does not fit into the little box people make for him.
AngelTree.JPG VOLUNTEER HELPS CHILDREN WITH PARENTS IN PRISON RECEIVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

12/11/2022
A Minnesota man works hard every year to make sure that children with incarcerated parents have presents on Christmas.
Photo of Jubilarians-2022.jpg GIVING BACK TO THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN SO MUCH

12/06/2022
The weekend of December 10-11, the Diocese of Erie will participate in the national Retirement Fund for Religious Collection.
Deaf Priest.JPG FIRST DEAF PRIEST IN U.S. VISITS MINNESOTA PARISH, INSPIRES JESUIT NOVICE

12/05/2022
MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) -- Parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Minneapolis, about half of whom are deaf, had the chance to attend Mass celebrated by the first deaf man ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the U.S., Father Tom Coughlin. About 80 p
LightingCeremony.JPG KEEP THE CRECHE IN CHRISTMAS, POPE URGES

12/03/2022
Stopping to gaze at and perhaps pray before a Nativity scene is one of the best ways to remember the real meaning of Christmas, Pope Francis said.
IMG_6270.jpg ST. PATRICK'S HAVEN TO BENEFIT FROM BOOK SALE

11/29/2022
Fire at the site inspires author to donate proceeds
Box Village.png CATHEDRAL PREPARATORY STUDENTS BUILD COMMUNITY AND RAISE AWARENESS IN 10TH ANNUAL BOX VILLAGE FUNDRAISER

11/28/2022
Students from Cathedral Preparatory School participated in the school’s 10th annual Box Village fundraiser from the evening of Monday, Nov. 21, through the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 22.
PopeAmericaMagazine.JPG POPE TALKS ABOUT CHURCH DIVISION, WOMEN, ABORTION

11/28/2022
In a wide-ranging interview with top staff of America magazine, Pope Francis decried increased polarization within the Catholic Church, affirmed the need to involve more women in church administration but ruled out women priests and emphasized the importa
Baltimore.JPG 'FRATERNAL DIOLOGUE,' MORE PRAYER, HAVE PLACE ON BISHOPS' ASSEMBLY AGENDA

11/21/2022
The USCCB fall general assembly took place Nov. 14-17.
VaticanTreeControversy.jpg VATICAN CHRISTMAS TREE CONTROVERSY

11/17/2022
Things didn't go as planned for the Vatican's 2022 Christmas tree.
20221114T1715-PRAYER-VIGIL-FOR-LIFE-1751821_preview.jpg NATIONAL PRAYER VIGIL FOR LIFE/MARCH FOR LIFE SLATED FOR JANUARY

11/15/2022
Work continues despite reversal of Roe v. Wade
official.png CATHOLIC ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE DIOCESE PREPARE FOR #iGiveCatholic 2022

11/15/2022
Advanced giving for #iGiveCatholic has already begun, and almost 100 Catholic organizations will benefit from generous donations.
InternationalVolunteers.JPG LIVE THE GOSPEL BY TREATING OTHERS AS A BROTHER OR SISTER, POPE SAYS

11/14/2022
Treating everyone as a brother or sister is the clearest, most simple way to live the Gospel each day, Pope Francis said.
Schools.jpg NCEA REPORTS QUICKER ACADEMIC RECOVERY FROM PANDEMIC FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

11/07/2022
The National Catholic Educational Association says Catholic schools have recovered more quickly from the pandemic than their public school counterparts.
Pic8.jpg THE CURTAIN RISES FOR THE FORMER SACRED HEART CHURCH'S NEW BEGINNING IN SHARON

11/07/2022
When the doors to Sacred Heart Church in Sharon closed in 2018, new doors opened to a world of opportunity for the Area Community Theater of Sharpsville, also known as ACTS.
PopeReligiousHope.JPG DESPAIR OVER DECLINING NUMBERS SHOWS LACK OF FAITH, POPE TELLS RELIGIOUS

11/07/2022
Aging or declining membership should prompt members of religious orders to ask,
NovIntent.JPG POPE'S NOVEMBER PRAYER INTENTION: 'FOR CHILDREN WHO SUFFER'

10/31/2022
In a video released on Oct. 31, Pope Francis revealed his November prayer intention.
Teach-in.JPG IGNATIAN FAMILY TEACH-IN FOR JUSTICE PARTICIPANTS CONTINUE ITS EARLY SPIRIT

10/31/2022
Nearly 2,000 students came to Washington Oct. 22-24 for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, described as the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the United States.
WashingtonMary.JPG CARDINAL GREGORY BLESSES SHRINE'S REPLACEMENT OF VANDALIZED MARY STATUE

10/24/2022
Ten months after a marble statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the Rosary Walk and Garden outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was vandalized and destroyed beyond repair, a replacement statue was blessed Oct. 23, by Washingt
PopeFamily.JPG POPE: CHURCH'S CONCERN FOR THE FAMILY GOES BEYOND FOCUS ON COUPLES

10/24/2022
The importance of the family for the Catholic Church and for society means that theological reflection on family life and pastoral responses to the joys and problems of families must focus on more than the relationship between a husband and wife, Pope Fra
IMG_5453.jpeg FROM CABBAGE TO TUBING, INNOVATIVE COMMITTEE EMERGES AT ST. MARY PARISH, ST. MARYS

10/20/2022
Group's annual fundraising sauerkraut dinner set for Nov. 12
SynodBishops.JPG POPE ANNOUNCES A SECOND SESSION FOR SYNOD OF BISHOPS ASSEMBLY

10/17/2022
Pope Francis announced that the next assembly of the Synod of Bishops would take place in two sessions.
Shooter.JPG LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR SCHOOL SHOOTER CALLED 'SEVERE AND JUST PUNISHMENT'

10/16/2022
A jury rejected the prosecution's request for the death penalty in the trial for Parkland, FL school shooter.
Ian2.JPG FLORIDA CONTINUES WITH RESCUE EFFORTS AS HURRICANE IAN HEADS NORTH

10/03/2022
Authorities in Florida are continuing rescue efforts and damage is being assessed in the wake of Hurricane Ian.
IMG_7769.JPG AUTUMN LEAVES AND PASTORAL ASSIGNMENTS FALL INTO PLACE

10/03/2022
As Bishop Persico often reminds the faithful: “Change must become a way of life for our diocese.” In a time where nothing is certain, the certainty of change might just be the thing that brings us together.
Angelus1.JPG POPE TELLS PUTIN: STOP THE WAR

10/02/2022
On Sunday, October 2, Pope Francis did not offer his customary commentary on the day's gospel reading. Instead, he called for peace in Ukraine before the war escalates further.
Shalom1.JPG POPE ENCOURAGES YOUNG CATHOLICS TO USE "CREATIVE COURAGE" TO EVANGELIZE

09/26/2022
Pope Francis encouraged young Catholics to take an active role — not be spectators — in the church's mission.
IMG_3629.JPG OCT. 8 HELPING HANDS GALA TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES

09/20/2022
Deacon Dick O'Polka and his wife, Tammy, named 2022 Helping Hands honorees
Jubilee2025.JPG VATICAN ANNOUNCES CONTEST TO COMPOSE MUSIC FOR HOLY YEAR 2025 HYMN

09/19/2022
The Vatican is looking for an original musical score for the official hymn for the Holy Year 2025 that will highlight its theme,
WCC.jpg KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN RAISES OVER $120,000 FOR THE WOMEN'S CARE CENTER OF ERIE COUNTY

09/12/2022
As part of a pro-life initiative, the Knights of Columbus held a baby bottle fundraiser that ultimately raised more than $120,000 for The Women's Care Center of Erie County.
business2.JPG POPE ENCOURAGES BUSINESS OWNERS TO SHARE WEALTH, CREATE JOBS

09/12/2022
In Matthew 19:24, Jesus tells a rich young man,
Nuclear Crisis 1.JPG AFTER U.N. CONFERENCE, NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT ADVOCATES LOOK TO NEW STRATEGIES

09/12/2022
After four weeks of debate, there was still no consensus in how to move forward with nuclear disarmament efforts.
KENYA 20220606T1345-AFRICA-ENVIRONMENT-ACTION-1716030_preview.jpg BISHOPS URGE LISTENING TO THE CALL OF THE EARTH DURING SEASON OF CREATION

09/05/2022
During the observance of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, bishops encouraged Catholics to protect the environment.
Beatification1.JPG BLESSED JOHN PAUL I, "THE SMILING POPE,' SHOWED GOD'S GOODNESS, POPE SAYS

09/04/2022
Beatifying Blessed John Paul I, Pope Francis praised the late pope for showing the world God's goodness and for living the Gospel without compromise.
CNS 911 one.jpg WRITER OF CBS DOCUMENTARY, '9/11,' RIVETS BLESSED SACRAMENT CROWD WITH HIS EXPERIENCE

09/04/2022
'You felt as if you were a piece of history watching this...'
NewCardinal3.JPG NEW CARDINALS FEEL HONORED, HUMBLED, READY TO PROMOTE RENEWAL OF CHURCH

08/29/2022
On August 27, Pope Francis appointed 20 new Cardinals, representing 16 countries. Several of these cardinals spoke to Catholic news service about the significance of this honor through their eyes.
Synodlogo.JPG CATHOLICS SEE SYNOD LISTENING SESSIONS AS SIGNIFICANT FOR THE ENTIRE CHURCH

08/29/2022
Common themes surfaced in the U.S. diocese synod listening reports. The regional reports will be turned into one national report to be submitted to the Vatican Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.
Lifemark.JPG FILM BASED ON INDIANA WOMAN'S TRUE STORY 'RECLAIMS BEAUTY OF ADOPTION'

08/26/2022
A new movie starring and produced by Kirk Cameron is about to hit theaters. The film celebrates the gift of life, and the sacrifice of a birth mother choosing to place her child for adoption.
KCHS thumbnail.jpg KENNEDY CATHOLIC RAISES NEARLY $500,000

08/22/2022
'Significant' budget shortfall galvanizes community
Nicaragua1.JPG AS POPE CALLS FOR DIALOGUE, NICARAGUAN POLICE CONTINUE HARASSING CATHOLICS

08/22/2022
Tensions are still high in Nicaragua as police continue to harass protesters following the arrest of a bishop and 11 others.
Uvalde2.JPG SURVIVORS OF UVALDE MASS SHOOTING GET TUITION AID TO ATTEND CATHOLIC SCHOOL

08/22/2022
Catholic Extension, a Chicago-based nonprofit has awarded 30 full scholarships to survivors who want to attend Catholic school.
Cathedral becker.jpg DIOCESAN SYNOD REPORT INTEGRATED INTO REGION III REPORT

08/16/2022
Report available on diocesan website now headed for the national report
Assumptionpope.JPG MARY TEACHES PRIMACY OF HUMILITY OVER POWER, SUCCESS

08/15/2022
On the Feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis addressed approximately 10,000 pilgrims and spoke about the humility and importance of the example set by the Blessed Mother.
Nuns1.png LCWR PRESIDENT OUTLINES 'MAP-SHAPING' CONCEPTS FOR FUTURE OF RELIGIOUS LIFE

08/15/2022
The president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious outlined several suggestions for the future of religious life, ahead of 2023's Synod of Bishops on synodality.
Foodline.JPG FAMILIES, FOOD BANKS SEEK CREATIVE WAYS TO COUNTER INFLATION'S BITE

08/08/2022
The effects of inflation are being felt by everyone, including food pantries across the country.
PopeHandshake.JPG AMBASSADOR SAYS POPE WILL VISIT UKRAINE BEFORE KAZAKHSTAN TRIP

08/08/2022
Pope Francis is making plans to visit the war-torn country of Ukraine
Mailchimp Option 2.jpg 'REMARKABLE WOMEN OF FAITH' MOVED TO PUBLIC GRAVESITE

08/05/2022
Nine deceased Carmelite sisters reinterred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery
USCapitol.JPG HOUSE OKs ANTI-TRAFFICKING BILL TO 'PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US'

08/01/2022
The House of Representatives voted to approve legislation to protect and support human trafficking victims
Kentucky Mailchimp 20220729T1040-KENTUCKY-HISTORIC-FLOODING-1732984_preview.jpg KENTUCKY CHURCHES, COMMUNITIES WORK TOGETHER TO MEET FLOOD VICTIMS' NEEDS

08/01/2022
From fresh food and water to emergency contacts, it's a minute-by-minute effort
CanadaPlane1.jpg AFTER CANADA VISIT, POPE DISCUSSES THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

08/01/2022
Pope Francis discusses his trip to Canada, his health, the potential for more papal trips and changes to Church teachings.
Wheeler.jpg THE JOY OF SERRA CLUB MEMBERSHIP

07/31/2022
11-year member of the Serra Club, Dave Wayman gives a personal reflection on his experience
Vintage photo 20220722T1330-PAX-CHRISTI-USA-50-1730686_preview(1).jpg PAX CHRISTI CELEBRATES 50 YEARS PURSUING PEACE

07/26/2022
Pax Christi USA has remained persistent in pursuit of peace for 50 years
Cover story option 1 DSC_0129.JPG PANDEMIC USHERS IN NEW ERA OF TECHNOLOGY FOR DIOCESAN PARISHES

07/26/2022
New options for interaction and community strengthen ties
Edmonton2.jpg INDIGENOUS AND CATHOLIC: ONE CAN PROUDLY BE BOTH, POPE SAYS

07/26/2022
Pope Francis acknowledges the hurt caused by forcing Indigenous Catholics to attend residential schools.
PopeCanada2.jpg CANADIAN INDIGENOUS CATHOLICS SHARE TRADITIONS WITH POPE FRANCIS

07/25/2022
Indigenous priest shares practices that will be part of pope's Canada trip
Sister Fides 3.jpg MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE PLAN RESUMES AS COVID RESTRICTIONS RELAX

07/12/2022
Each parish in the diocese will host a missionary this year
Vatican Climate Treaties.jpg VATICAN CLIMATE TREATIES

07/11/2022
Vatican now a formal party to U.N. Framework Convention on climate change
Illinois 3.jpg BISHOPS SAY US MASS SHOOTINGS HAVE BECOME 'SHOCKINGLY COMMONPLACE'

07/11/2022
National bishop chairmen weigh in on Independence Day shooting
abortion.png CATHOLIC AGENCIES, CHURCH EXPECT TO HELP MORE WOMEN, NEWBORNS AFTER DOBBS

07/01/2022
Agencies will broaden services
LITURGY-LETTER-1717125 (1).JPG CATHOLICS NEED A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE MASS, POPE SAYS

06/30/2022
Dynamic liturgical formation needed, pope says
ETHIOPIA-AID-COMPLICATIONS-1717067.JPG INFLATION, UKRAINE WAR COMPLICATE GETTING AID TO ETHIOPIA'S MOST NEEDY

06/30/2022
World issues are connected
22.jpg EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL BEGINS WITH PROCESSIONS THROUGHOUT DIOCESE, NATION

06/30/2022
Parishioners gather in Bradford, DuBois, Erie and Hermitage to honor and witness
20220623T1716-CATHOLIC-CHARITIES-WELCOMING-NEWCOMERS-1716766.JPG AGENCY HEAD SAYS COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO RESETTLING REFUGEES 'OVERWHELMING'

06/27/2022
Immigrants served by Catholic Charities
IMG_5745.JPG DRAFT OF DOCUMENT BEING PREPARED FOR THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY SHARED WITH FACILITATORS

06/21/2022
'...a window into the hopes of the people we serve.'
IMG_5892.JPG 'WHAT A BLESSING YOU CONTINUE TO BE...'

06/20/2022
Bishop Persico offers Mass for sisters celebrating jubilees  
20220616T1540-CAJUN-CHEFS-KENTUCKY-TORNADO-RECOVERY-1716051.JPG KENTUCKY MAN'S POST-HURRICANE HELP SPURS 'CAJUN CHEFS' TO AID TORNADO VICTIMS

06/20/2022
Recipient remembers kindness
20220615T1045-UKRAINE-MILITARY-CHAPLAINS-1716459_preview.jpg THE SPIRITUAL AND THE HUMAN: CHAPLAINS HELP UKRAINIAN SOLDIERS WITH BOTH

06/20/2022
Chaplains are 'the voice of Christ'
National Story for Mailchimp.jpg CHEF URGES GRADUATES TO 'FEED THE WORLD' BY USING TALENTS TO SPREAD HOPE

06/14/2022
Word Central Kitchen's chef inspires class of 2022
Emmaus Sheila Grove.jpg PRAY FOR CLERGY DURING EMMAUS

06/13/2022
Bishop, priests, deacons headed for week-long convocation
Serra honorees for Mailchimp.jpeg SERRA CLUB OF ERIE HONORS PRIEST, SISTER, DEACON OF THE YEAR

06/13/2022
Bishop Persico thanks Serra for their ongoing support and prayers
Angelsatmamre-trinity-rublev-1410.jpg THE ICON OF THE HOLY TRINITY

06/06/2022
Icon inspires perspective on Holy Trinity
RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM-ANNUAL-REPORT-1715829.JPG BLINKEN CALLS RESPECT FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM 'VITAL FOREIGN POLICY PRIORITY'

06/06/2022
Progress made, more is needed
Bishop Persico COA_color_silver.jpg CHANGE IS IN THE AIR

06/06/2022
Large number of clergy assignments across the diocese announced over the weekend
IMG_5523.JPG BISHOP LAWRENCE PERSICO DEANERY PLANNING MEETING REMARKS

06/06/2022
Comments shared with parish leaders from Bradford, Oil City and West Erie deaneries
DSCN3486.jpg THREE NEW PRIESTS ORDAINED FOR THE DIOCESE OF ERIE

05/30/2022
'We choose these, our brethren, for the order of priesthood....'
CARDINALS-1715536 (1).JPG POPE ANNOUNCES NEW CARDINALS, INCLUDING U.S. BISHOP McELROY

05/30/2022
New cardinals hale from many countries
BUFFALO-SHOOTING-MEMORIALS-1715315.JPG BISHOPS PUSH GUN CONTROL; CALL MASS SHOOTINGS 'PRESSING LIFE ISSUE'

05/30/2022
Bishops respond to recent violence
IMG_9173.jpeg MIRACLE UPON MIRACLE: MARIA HOUSE PROJECT CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

05/24/2022
Hundreds gather to pray, reminisce and celebrate
BOOK-JOSEPH-1525716.JPG BOOK TELLS HOW ARTISTS TURNED ST. JOSEPH INTO COMPLEX HISTORICAL FIGURE

05/23/2022
Review highlights multiple perspectives
SYNODALITY-CONSULTATION-DELIBERATION-1715024.JPG CARDINALS, THEOLOGIANS DISCUSS DECISION-MAKING ROLE OF LAITY IN CHURCH

05/23/2022
Synodality viewed as communion
PAULINE-JARICOT-BEATIFICATION-1548522_preview.jpg POPE URGES MISSION SOCIETIES TO HAVE FAITH, COURAGE, CREATIVITY

05/17/2022
Points to missionary outreach as fundamental aspect of Catholicism
20220517T1056-SHOOTING-BUFFALO-1691112_preview.jpg BISHOPS EXPRESS SORROW, CONDEMN RACIALLY MOTIVATED SHOOTING IN BUFFALO

05/17/2022
'We can't give in to hopelessness,' Bishop Persico says
20220510T0845-VATICAN-LETTER-SAINTS-1595155_preview.jpg SAINTS' LIVES PROVE GOD'S LOVE FOR ALL; Saint Titus Brandsma among those canonized May 15

05/17/2022
Pope Francis canonizes 10 new saints
IMG_7658.JPG PASTORAL PLANNING UPDATE

05/10/2022
Three deaneries begin planning in earnest for third phase of restructuring
20180319T0821-POPE-PADRE-PIO-552864_preview.jpg PADRE PIO: THREE DEGREES OF SEPARATION

05/09/2022
A personal essay as the saint's relics come to the Diocese of Erie
Mailchimp international.jpeg POPE FRANCIS: VOCATION 'IS ABOUT MAKING GOD'S DREAM COME TRUE'

05/09/2022
Pope Francis' message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations
DONNELLY-AMBASSADOR-1525404.JPG MEET THE NEW US AMBASSADOR TO THE HOLY SEE, JOSEPH DONNELLY

05/09/2022
Ambassador reflects upon his mission
ukraine chaplain.jpg 'SMELL OF SHEEP' IN UKRAINE REEKS OF SCORCHED HOMES, DEATH, CHAPLAIN SAYS

05/03/2022
A challenge of mercy
ordination.jpg ANNUAL STUDY ON ORDINATION CLASS RELEASED AS CHURCH PREPARES FOR WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

05/02/2022
Report highlights demographics and influences on vocations
DSCN3172.JPG IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO CELEBRATE SERVICE

05/02/2022
Gannon University honors St. Luke, Erie, students
MARYKNOLL-SOUTH-SUDAN-BASSANO-1526035.JPG DISPLACED SOUTH SUDANESE AT U.N. BASE LOOK TO MARYKNOLL PRIEST FOR HOPE

04/25/2022
Priest demonstrates commitment to ministry
TOLTON-SAINTHOOD-CAUSE-VATICAN-TEAM-1526116.JPG VATICAN OFFICIALS IN U.S. TO STUDY ALLEGED MIRACLES IN FATHER TOLTON'S CAUSE

04/25/2022
Father Tolton is first U. S. African American priest
Ferrick eucharist.png 'SOURCE AND SUMMIT' OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH IS FOCUS OF REVIVAL

04/22/2022
Three-year event begins June 19
RELIC-1525314.JPG ARCHBISHOP FROM ASSISI BRINGS FIRST-CLASS RELIC OF BLESSED ACUTIS TO U.S.

04/18/2022
Blessed Acutis is patron of Eucharistic Revival
EASTER-VIGIL-1525926.JPG CHRIST'S RESURRECTION BRINGS HOPE AMID 'EASTER OF WAR,' POPE SAYS

04/18/2022
Easter blessing urbi et orbi
Students in Crown.png FROM THE CLASSROOM TO DISCIPLESHIP

04/12/2022
Faith Formation Office unveils dramatic new approach for students in grades six through 12
MOVIE-REVIEW-FATHER-STU-1524981.JPG WAHLBERG: REAL-LIFE FATHER STU HAS HIM 'CONTINUING TO CARRY ON HIS MESSAGE'

04/11/2022
Movie tells story of conversion
20220406T0930-HOLY-LAND-HOLIDAYS-1525004.JPG AS THREE FEASTS CONVERGE, HOLY LAND CHRISTIAN HOPE FOR PEACE, TOURISM

04/11/2022
Hope for return to 'normalcy'
Dinner a.jpg SYNOD MEETINGS COME TO AN END

04/05/2022
Survey participation extended through Friday
LUBLIN-UKRAINIANS-PARISH-1524079.JPG ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH PLEDGES SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINIANS DURING WARSAW VISIT

04/01/2022
Catholics in Poland extend hospitality
FIRST-NATIONS-1524609.JPG POPE APOLOGIZES FOR TREATMENT OF INDIGENOUS IN CANADA, PROMISES TO VISIT

04/01/2022
Representatives from First Nations meet with pope
KINO-VESPERS-COMMEMORATION-1524369.JPG TUCSON BISHOP RECALLS PADRE KINO'S ZEAL TO EVANGELIZE ACROSS VAST TERRITORY

04/01/2022
Missionary remembered for witnessing God's mercy
JESUITICAL-PODCAST-ANNIVERSARY-1523758 (1).JPG JESUITICAL MARKS FIVE YEARS; 'YOUNG, HIP AND LAY' PODCAST HAS GLOBAL REACH

03/28/2022
Podcast 'speaks' to young adult audience
CONSECRATION-1524239.JPG POPE CONSECRATES UKRAINE, RUSSIA TO MARY

03/28/2022
Consecration: "no magic formula but a spiritual act," pope says
PENANCE-SERVICE-1524238.JPG CONFESSION IS MORE ABOUT GOD'S FORGIVENESS THAN OUR SINS, POPE SAYS

03/28/2022
Confession is reason for joy
Relics 20220321T1615-BERNADETTE-RELICS-US-1523887_preview.jpg RELICS OF ST. BERNADETTE TO VISIT U.S.

03/22/2022
Several locations within a one-day drive from the Diocese of Erie
Warren IMG_7387a.jpg GENEROSITY ON TWO CONTINENTS

03/22/2022
Students at St. Joseph in Warren connect with refugee children in Slovakia
20220319T1030-VATICAN-INVESTMENTS-MISPERCEPTIONS-1523803_preview.jpg POPE PROMULGATES CURIA REFORM

03/22/2022
Stronger emphasis placed on the church's missionary nature
UTAH-ARTIST-1521804.JPG LOVE OF DRAWING, DOODLING LEADS TO NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR UTAH CATHOLIC

03/11/2022
Woman shares faith with doodles
staircase.jpg MYSTERY, MIRACLE OR BOTH?

03/11/2022
The Loretto staircase
CZERNY-UKRAINE-HUNGARY-1522927.JPG HORROR OF WAR 'LODGES IN YOUR GUT' WHEN RECOUNTED BY REFUGEES, CARDINAL SAYS

03/11/2022
Displacement has lasting impact
GP2.JPG STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT POVERTY IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY

03/11/2022
Global Poverty Project — year 3
IMG_5633.JPG BISHOP TRAUTMAN LAID TO REST

03/08/2022
Bishop Persico presides; Msgr. Smith offers homily
Catholic sisters week for mailchimp.png CARING FOR EARTH, CARING FOR YOU

03/07/2022
Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14
MINNESOTA-ICE-MASS-1522155.JPG 'ICE MASS' ON FROZEN CAMPUS LAKE IN MINNESOTA DRAWS HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS

03/04/2022
Students gather at novel location
UKRAINIANS-MARY-SOURCE-OF-STRENGTH-1522528.JPG CENTURIES-OLD MARIAN ICON OFFERS SOLACE, PROTECTION AMID HORROR OF WAR

03/04/2022
Ukrainians look to Mary for hope
ZELENSKYY-SHEVCHUK-1522043.JPG ENDING CONFLICT REQUIRES DIALOGUE; VATICAN READY TO HELP, CARDINAL SAYS

03/01/2022
Pope Francis continues to advocate conflict resolution
dreamstime_l_128588907.jpg MANY SCHOOLS GO MASK-OPTIONAL AS COVID CASES SUBSIDE

03/01/2022
Many recommendations have been revised
ASH-WED-1521975.JPG LENT 3.0: THIRD LENT IN PANDEMIC OFFERS CHANCE FOR SPIRITUAL RESET

03/01/2022
A joyful embrace of Lent
SOLAR-PANELS-SCHOOL-MONASTERY-1520249.JPG SOLAR PANELS ENHANCE STUDENTS' LESSONS, REDUCE MONASTERY'S CARBON FOOTPRINT

02/18/2022
Indiana school's lesson extend beyond the classroom
BRAZIL-MUDSLIDES-SHELTER-1521437 (1).JPG CHURCH IN BRAZIL OPENS DOORS TO SHELTER THOSE WHO LOST HOMES IN MUDSLIDES

02/18/2022
Community devastated by storms
Screen Shot 2022-02-14 at 3.52.05 PM.png IN THE 'SPIRIT' OF COMPETITION

02/17/2022
Seminarians on the hardcourt
peter sdg.png FEAST HIGHLIGHTS APOSTOLIC NATURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

02/15/2022
'Upon this rock, I will build my church.'
parish listening blessed sacrament 2015.JPG SHOULD I ATTEND A LISTENING SESSION FOR THE SYNOD?

02/15/2022
hint: the answer is,
the offices of the congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Vatican News.jpeg POPE MODIFIES CONGREGATION FOR THE DIVINE FAITH: TWO SECTIONS WITH DISTINCT SECRETARIES

02/15/2022
Reform affirms fundamental role of promotion of the faith
BLACK-HISTORY-MONTH-PELLERIN-1517187.JPG AFRICAN AMERICAN SISTER SAYS PRAYER, LISTENING CAN LEAD TO RACIAL HEALING

02/15/2022
Dialogue important for healing division
AMAZON-DOCUMENT-602183.JPG CARDINAL GRECH: QUERIDA AMAZONIA CONTINUES TO GENERATE NEW LIFE FOR CHURCH

02/07/2022
Impact of Querida Amazonia is noted
BLACK-HISTORY-MONTH-MASS-CAMPBELL-1517005 (1).JPG BLACK HISTORY MONTH SEEN AS REMINDER OF NEED TO WORK FOR JUSTICE, EQUALITY

02/07/2022
Bishop urges all to learn more about contributions of Black Americans
OLYMPICS-1516748.JPG PRAYING FOR PEACE, LOOKING TOWARD OLYMPICS, POPE EMPHASIZES UNITY

02/04/2022
Olympics begin on International Day of Human Fraternity
IMG_8187.JPG PARISHES CONSIDER MERGERS FOR FUTURE

02/01/2022
Reprinted with permission from the Erie Times-News
Flag.jpg 'OUR CIVIC DUTY ... OUR CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITY'

01/31/2022
Advocates once again brave the cold in support of life
CATHOLIC-SCHOOLS-IDENTITY-1516377.JPG OFFICIAL HELPS SCHOOLS UNDERSTAND THEIR CATHOLIC IDENTITY MAKES THEM UNIQUE

01/31/2022
Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 30 - Feb. 5
MOZAMBIQUE-CABO-DELGADO-1516350.JPG BISHOP IN CABO DELGADO: 'THE ATTACKS ON THE VILLAGES CONTINUE'

01/31/2022
Violence disrupts life for many communities throughout the world
St. Luke Hot Cocoa math activity.jpg CELEBRATING WITH FAITH AND FUN

01/24/2022
Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 30 - Feb. 5
LIFE-MARCH-RALLY-1516071.JPG RALLY SPEAKERS CONFIDENT ABOUT ABORTION LAW CHANGES BUT SEE WORK AHEAD

01/24/2022
Marchers share enthusiasm at March for Life
POPE-LECTORS-CATECHISTS-1516098.JPG POPE CONFERS MINISTRIES OF LECTOR, CATECHIST ON LAY WOMEN AND MEN

01/24/2022
Ministries highlighted on Word of God Sunday
IMG_4089.jpeg TRAINING SESSIONS LAUNCHED

01/14/2022
All will soon be welcome to add their voices to the conversation
SEMINARIANS-CHOPPING-HELP-1515462.JPG INDIANA SEMINARIANS CHOP WOOD TO HELP RURAL NEIGHBORS STAY WARM

01/14/2022
Seminarians learn life lessons from those they will serve
CONSOLMAGNO-SCIENCE-FAITH-COVID-1515628.jpg 'TRUST THE SCIENCE' BUT DO NOT IDOLOZE IT, SAYS VATICAN ASTRONOMER

01/14/2022
Faith and science not at odds
SANCTUARY-CITIES-UNBORN-1249914.JPG ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE STILL ON THIS YEAR IN WASHINGTON

01/10/2022
COVID safety addressed
WELLS-UGANDA-1515072.JPG CATHOLIC MAN'S DEEP PLAN: BUILD MORE WELLS IN UGANDA

01/10/2022
Service where it is needed
Bishop at podium (3).png GENEROSITY SUPPORTS DIOCESAN OUTREACH

01/07/2022
Help Spread the Faith Collection scheduled for January 22-23
IMG_7119.JPEG CHRISTMAS STARS SHINE EVEN IN PANDEMIC

01/04/2022
Creativity and generosity combine to grant Christmas wishes
TUTU-CATHOLICS-1514814.JPG ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU HAD STRONG TIES TO CATHOLIC CHURCH

01/04/2022
Anglican archbishop had devotion to St. Thérèse of Lisieux
BALTIMORE-DOGS-SUPPORT-1514926 (1).JPG 'RUFF' WORK: DOGS PROVIDE NEEDED SUPPORT IN BALTIMORE ARCHDIOCESE

01/04/2022
Dogs help during times of extra stress
VATICAN-MIGRANTS-STATUE-QR-1514890 (1).JPG VATICAN ADDS QR CODE TO SCULPTURE TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT MIGRATION

01/04/2022
Hi-tech assistance with education
evergreens_wooda.jpg WE PROCLAIM CHRIST; CAN WE RECLAIM LOVE?

12/20/2021
Let us use this season to do so
POPE-CHRISTMAS-MASS-1514194.JPG PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS BY SERVING OTHERS, POPE SAYS

12/20/2021
Looking beyond a secular celebration
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12/20/2021
Neighbors step up to assist recovery
DSC_0004.jpg WHEN CHRISTMAS FALLS ON A SATURDAY...

12/14/2021
Do I still have to attend Sunday Mass? Yes!
20211210T1315-POPE-NATIVITY-DELEGATION-1514020 (1).JPG CHRISTMAS IS TIME FOR SHARING, NOT COMMERCIALISM, POPE SAYS

12/13/2021
St. Peter's Square is bright with Christmas
KNIGHTS-STJOSEPH-DOCUMENTARY-1513754.JPG KNIGHTS' DOCUMENTARY ON ST. JOSEPH NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW ONLINE FOR FREE

12/13/2021
Extending devotion to St. Joseph
dioseal_color_silver.jpg MASS ATTENDANCE CONTINUES TO DWINDLE IN THE DIOCESE

12/07/2021
October Count shows approximate 30 percent decrease since 2019
joseph.JPG ST. JOSEPH REMINDS CHURCH TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE ESSENTIAL, POPE SAYS

12/06/2021
Year dedicated to St. Joseph comes to a close, but devotion remains
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12/06/2021
Collections assist retired religious and priests
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11/29/2021
Sixty youth from Northwest Pa. attend NCYC
Awards edited.jpg COMMUNICATIONS, FAITH FORMATION OFFICES EARN RECOGNITION FROM PRSA

11/29/2021
Print, digital and video work in the spotlight
20201123T0745-POPE-MASS-WYD-1009825.JPG POPE FRANCIS ENCOURAGES YOUNG PEOPLE TO 'BE THE CRITICAL CONSCIENCE OF SOCIETY'

11/29/2021
World Youth Day to be held in Lisbon in 2023
20211123T1045-NCYC-ADORATION-1512656.JPG ARCHBISHOP CHARLES THOMPSON ENCOURAGES YOUTHS AT NCYC TO 'KEEP THE FIRE ALIVE'

11/29/2021
National Catholic Youth Conference draws 11,000 youth
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11/22/2021
Causes of three Servants of God with diverse backgrounds advanced
bishops.JPG CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES STRESSES UNITY IN ITS EFFORTS TO SERVE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD

11/22/2021
U.S. bishops highlight worldwide humanitarian services
BISHOPS-ROUNDUP-1512300.JPG U.S. BISHOPS SPOTLIGHT PROGRAMS ON EUCHARIST, YOUNG PEOPLE, MOMS IN NEED

11/22/2021
Bishops hold in person meeting, first since 2019
Simply-Celebrating_Twitter.jpg SIMPLY CELEBRATING: ADVENT/CHRISTMAS MICROSITE RE-LAUNCHED

11/16/2021
Updated for 2021
FOCUS ON COMMUNION CRISIS HIGHLIGHTS BIGGER ISSUE, THEOLOGIANS SAY

11/15/2021
Conversation may increase understanding
POOR-1512005.JPG POOR, VOLUNTEERS DEEPEN FAITH AND FRIENDSHIP ON ASSISI PILGRIMAGE

11/15/2021
At pope's invitation, stories of the poor are heard
IMG_5278.jpeg RACIAL HEALING: PRAYING, LEARNING AND DISCERNING TOGETHER

11/09/2021
Diocese, Gannon collaborate to create a space for greater understanding
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11/08/2021
Sister Raffaella Petrini receives Vatican appointment
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11/08/2021
Scranton deacon shares his family tragedy
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11/02/2021
All are encouraged to pray for vocations
INDULGENCES-SOULS-1511035.JPG VATICAN EXTENDS TRADITIONAL ALL SOULS' DAY INDULGENCES

11/02/2021
Indulgences extended through November
BIDEN-VATICAN-1511112.JPG BIDEN THANKS POPE FOR SPEAKING UP FOR THE POOR, FIGHTING CLIMATE CRISIS

11/02/2021
Pope Francis welcomes President Biden to the Vatican
nature-sky-sunset-man_med.jpeg 'SPEAK, LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING'

11/02/2021
National Vocation Awareness Week observed Nov. 7 through 13
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11/02/2021
All are asked to pray
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10/26/2021
Pope promotes Catholic social teaching as treasure of church's tradition
20211019T0845-SYNOD-CLICK-PRAY-1510576.JPG CALL TO PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD FINDS HOME ONLINE, IN APP

10/26/2021
App facilitates prayer on the go
SEITZ-PEACE-AWARD-1510656.JPG BISHOP SEITZ RECEIVES AMBASSADOR OF PEACE AWARD FROM ST. NORBERT COLLEGE

10/22/2021
Bishop espouses Gospel of love
6c8d5f2b-6b70-4a7f-ba72-867f9605f90eA.png LETTER TO PARISHIONERS REGARDING THE 2023 SYNOD OF BISHOPS

10/22/2021
For a synodal church: Communion, participation and mission
Pope JPI - Vatican News.jpeg RECOGNIZING MIRACLE, POPE CLEARS WAY FOR BEATIFICATION OF JOHN PAUL I

10/18/2021
Pope John Paul I called 'the smiling pope'
EUCHARISTIC-REVIVAL-1510205.JPG INITIATIVES OF EUCHARIST AIM TO GIVE CATHOLICS BETTER UNDERSTANDING

10/18/2021
Bishops hope for better understanding of Communion
DSCN2637.JPG THE LEGACY OF THE PAST IS FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE

10/18/2021
Crowley family members explore church that is part of their family legacy.
synod.jpg RESISTING TEMPTATION: SYNOD PROCESS RELIES OF FAITH, TRUST

10/11/2021
Synod is viewed as 'open path'
SYNOD-MASS-1510082.JPG BY LISTENING TO HOLY SPIRIT, SYNOD CAN BE PROCESS OF HEALING, POPE SAYS

10/11/2021
Encounter, listening and discernment are foundation of synodal process
IMG_4089.jpeg CONNECTING THE DOTS

10/11/2021
Priests of the diocese meet with Bishop Persico, other leaders, to reflect on the future
LIFE-ACADEMY-AWARD-RECINELLA-1509195.JPG PAPAL ACADEMY GIVES U.S. DEATH ROW CHAPLAIN 'GUARDIAN OF LIFE' AWARD

10/04/2021
Chaplain - 'we must go to them'
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10/04/2021
Deacon DeCecco recognized for ministry
LUMEN-CHRISTI-WINNER-JASZEK-1509182.JPG MISSIONARY PRIEST SERVING NATIVE ALASKANS IS WINNER OF LUMEN CHRISTI AWARD

10/04/2021
Priest embeds himself in culture of those he serves
PORTLAND-BLUE-MASS-1508815.JPG MAINE BISHOP CALLS BLUE MASS 'ACT OF DUTY' TO HONOR FIRST RESPONDERS

09/27/2021
Maine Catholics express gratitude to heroes in their midst
SLOVAKIA-POPE-SASTIN-1508381.JPG CENTRAL EUROPE TRIP WAS ABOUT HONORING ROOTS, MOVING FORWARD, POPE SAYS

09/27/2021
Pope encourages remembering roots of faith
Sister Nancy Fischer 2.jpg MAINTAINING PRESENCE

09/27/2021
Religious women respond to need in diocese
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09/21/2021
Dominican priest addresses vaccine recommendations and moral theology
CATECHESIS-1252217.JPG NEW GLOBAL INITIATIVE SEEKS TO 'UNLOCK' CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

09/20/2021
New perspective on important text
Flame.png HELPING HANDS GALA SET FOR OCTOBER 9

09/20/2021
Join in person or via livestream; limited tickets on sale now
SYNODALITY-1508593.JPG CHURCH NEEDS TO HEAR GOD SPEAKING THROUGH THOSE WHO ARE HURTING, POPE SAYS

09/20/2021
Synodality honors all voices
ee.jpg LIFELONG CATHOLIC FAITH FORMATION DEPENDS ON YOU

09/13/2021
Catholic Education Collection is Sept. 18-19
VATICAN-SYNOD-PREPARATORY-DOCUMENT-1507701.JPG VATICAN RELEASES GUIDANCE FOR DIOCESES TO BEGIN SYNODAL PATH

09/12/2021
Synodal process begins with Mass at St. Peter Cathedral, Erie, Oct. 16
BOYLE-NATION-CHURCH-STRIFE-1250285.JPG PRIEST SEES LACK OF HEALTH, WHOLENESS AS CAUSE OF STRIFE IN NATION, CHURCH

09/12/2021
Homeboy Industries founder to speak at Mercyhurst University
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09/07/2021
Perspectives on important decision making
SEPT11-FIRE-CHAPLAIN-1507569.JPG NEW YORK FIRE CHAPLAIN SAYS THERE ARE DAYS WHEN 9/11 'FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY'

09/07/2021
Priest reflects on impact of devastating attacks
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08/30/2021
Church ministers to body and soul in developing countries
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT-1506822.JPG AS AFGHANISTAN CONVULSES, CATHOLIC ORGANIZATIONS HELP REFUGEES IN U.S.

08/30/2021
People prioritized over politics
LAUDATO-SI-PLAN-STEPS-1506410 (1).JPG WASHINGTON ARCHDIOCESE OFFERS PRACTICAL STEPS FOR CARING FOR CREATION

08/23/2021
Diocese implements spirit of Laudato Si'
South Korean Paralympic squad leaves for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games that start on August 24, 2021.   (ANSA).jpeg BIGGEST DISABILITY RIGHTS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BEFORE PARALYMPICS

08/23/2021
Paralympic Games are underway
Bridget Philip Picture.jpg OPINION

08/23/2021
Your Turn column reprinted with permission from the Erie Times-News
190402-OurLadyOfPeace-017.jpg CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FOCUS ON OPPORTUNITY AS ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINS

08/17/2021
New math standards across the diocese, growth in Shenango Valley, among highlights
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08/16/2021
Popular series is free to stream on app.
SYRACUSE-ONONDAGA-NATION-1506184.JPG WALK IN SYRACUSE, N.Y., HONORS VICTIMS, SURVIVORS OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

08/16/2021
Decades of pain acknowledged
original photo.jpg 'SOMETHING SPECIAL' IN THE INNER-CITY

08/16/2021
Donors invest in community resources
SundayStoryLogoWeb.jpg INITIATIVE LAUNCHED

08/09/2021
Pastoral letter from Bishop Persico added to offerings
20210805T1215-CUA-NOTRE-DAME-TRUSS-1505933 (1).JPG TEAM CRAFTS ROOF TRUSS THAT COULD HELP GUIDE REBUILDING OF PARIS CATHEDRAL

08/09/2021
New students study old ways
ORGAN-PROJECT-1505865.JPG MUSICOLOGIST HOPES TO RECONSTRUCT 12-CENTURY ORGAN FROM BETHLEHEM CHURCH

08/09/2021
Organ's condition is beyond expectations
mail chimp.jpg JOHNSONBURG PARISHIONER COMPETES AT OLYMPICS

08/09/2021
A native son of the Diocese of Erie took his dreams all the way to the Olympics this summer in Tokyo.
CANADA-INDIGENOUS-LEADERS-1505566.JPG TWO CANADIAN INDIGENOUS LEADERS TO PRIORITIZE RECONCILIATION

08/02/2021
Catholic leaders called to assist with healing
Adelaide Stark, Joseph Horomanski, Norman H. Stark.. Photo.Sheila Grove.jpg 1915 TIME CAPSULE ADDS EXCITEMENT TO SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

08/02/2021
Parishioners uncover bits of their history in time capsule; bury new one
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08/02/2021
Erie Gives Day is Tuesday, Aug. 10
BILES-555975.JPG CATHOLICS SEE CHALLENGING BALANCE IN SIMONE BILES' DECISIONS AT OLYMPICS

08/02/2021
Athlete prioritizes her health and her team
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07/26/2021
Advocates committed to raise awareness of factors contributing to increasing numbers of migrants
20210722T1445-OLYMPICS-STONE-RIDGE-PEP-RALLY-1505162.JPG MARYLAND CATHOLIC SCHOOL HOSTS PEP RALLY TO CHEER ON TEAM USA SWIMMERS

07/26/2021
Olympic competitors share Catholic school experience.
20190124T0818-WYD-FIAT-US-YOUTH-585554.JPG MYSTERY OF CHRIST'S PRESENCE IN THE EUCHARIST INSPIRES DAILY LIFE FOR MANY

07/19/2021
'Life-sustaining grace' found in mystery
EUROPE-FLOODING-CHURCH-RESPONSE-1504984.JPG GERMAN CHURCHES PRAY, PROVIDE AID AS EUROPEAN FLOODING DEATH TOLL CLIMBS

07/19/2021
Disaster strikes multiple countries
20210608T1415-SEMINARIANS-TWINS-1249845.JPG TWIN SEMINARIANS FOLLOW ONE AFTER THE OTHER INTO THE PRIESTHOOD

07/12/2021
Seminarians from St. Marys study at St. Mary's
Congregation for the Causes of Saints The Archives Vatican News.jpeg LOOKING FOR SAINTS: THE 'MOST SUCCESSFUL' TYPES OF HUMAN BEINGS

07/12/2021
Prefect describes process of canonization
20210709T1230-TPS-YEMEN-1286535.JPG IMMIGRANT ADVOCATES FROM FAITH ORGANIZATIONS HAIL TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS) EXTENSION FOR YEMEN

07/12/2021
Humanitarian crisis prevents safe return to Yemen
SURGERY-1251390.JPG POPE IN 'GOOD CONDITION' AFTER SURGERY AT ROME'S GEMELLI HOSPITAL

07/06/2021
Pope likely to remain in hospital one week
Untitled design - 2021-07-01T143354.528.png ‘I KNEW I LOVED YOU WHEN...'

07/05/2021
Couples celebrating milestone anniversaries share memories
20210701T0715-POPE-LEADERS-LEBANON-1251183.JPG LEBANON MUST NOT BE LEFT PREY TO 'UNSCRUPULOUS INTERESTS,' POPE SAYS

07/05/2021
Pope, Lebanon's Christian leaders meet for day of prayer, reflection
20210629T1345-NRL-50TH-CONVENTION-1251078.JPG BISHOP ENCOURAGES A 'SPIRIT OF UNITY, PEACEFULNESS AND JOY' IN ADVOCATING FOR LIFE

07/05/2021
Compassion is tool for change
LUTHERANS-1250813.jpg PAIN OF DIVISION MUST PUSH CHRISTIANS TO SEEK UNITY, POPE SAYS

06/28/2021
Pope Francis meets with leaders of Lutheran World Federation
02 Meadville St Agatha P8200006a.jpg NEW PARISH IN MEADVILLE GATHERS FOR INAUGURAL MASS

06/28/2021
Catholic Community of Meadville parishes merge
20210622T1630-SALLIES-DONATION-BEZOS-1250587.JPG FATHER OF AMAZON.COM FOUNDER GIVES GIFT OF $12 MILLION TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL

06/28/2021
Immigrant benefactor honors priest's legacy
Lisa Panighetti.jpg Shivani Suri.jpgcropped.jpg PANIGHETTI NAMED CURRICULUM DIRECTOR OF DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE

06/21/2021
Our Lady of Peace Principal accepts new position
Curtin, Ed.png MERCY EDUCATION NAMES MERCYHURST PREP PRESIDENT ED CURTIN TO NEW SCHOOL LEADERSHIP ROLE IN FLORIDA

06/21/2021
Curtin served Mercyhurst Prep for 31 years
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06/21/2021
Pope draws attention to humanitarian crisis
bartchek.JPG PENNSYLVANIA BISHOP AND FORMER JUDICIAL VICAR OF THE DIOCESE OF ERIE RECEIVES VATICAN APPOINTMENT

06/21/2021
Bishop Bartchak to serve on Vatican's highest court
KNIGHTS-INSTALLATION-KELLY-ADDRESS-1250114.JPG KNIGHTS SEEN AS 'POISED' TO LEAD WAY TO RECOVERY, RENEWAL AS PANDEMIC ENDS

06/21/2021
Leadership changes enhance vision
Re-membering OSS logo PRINT.jpg RE-MEMBERING OUR SUNDAY STORY: A TIME OF WELCOME AND TRANSFORMATION

06/21/2021
Production begins on video testimonials from parishioners across the diocese
TAGLE-1005046 (1).JPG 'COMMUNICATE HOPE IN THE FACE OF TRYING TIMES,' DECLARES CARDINAL AT CMC

06/14/2021
Vatican prefect offers message of encouragement
Serra club.png ERIE SERRA CLUB NAMES 2021 HONOREES

06/14/2021
Priest, sister, deacon and layperson of the year announced at dinner
original road to emmaus.jpg THE ROAD TO EMMAUS ─ IN PENNSYLVANIA

06/14/2021
Clergy gather for annual retreat
CORPUS-CHRISTI-1249702.JPG EUCHARIST IS BREAD OF SINNERS, NOT REWARD OF SAINTS, POPE SAYS

06/14/2021
Pope Francis' message for Corpus Christi Sunday
IMG_0730.jpeg SEVEN ORDAINED TO THE PERMANENT DIACONATE FOR THE DIOCESE OF ERIE

06/08/2021
May 28 ordination held at Our Lady of Peace Parish
20210604T0945-REVISIONS-SAFEGUARDING-REACTION-1249662.JPG WHAT THE NEW REVISION TO THE CODE OF CANON LAW MEAN FOR SAFE ENVIRONMENTAL/CHILD PROTECTION

06/08/2021
Changes designed to avoid past errors
20210602T1130-MUNDELEIN-IMMIGRATION-DAY-ONE-1249027.JPG AT IMMIGRATION SUMMIT, BISHOPS COMMIT TO WORK TOWARD CHURCH WITHOUT BORDERS

06/08/2021
Evangelization without politics encouraged
20210602T1130-MUNDELEIN-IMMIGRATION-DAY-ONE-1249028.JPG WITH CHILDREN'S PRAYERS NEARBY, BISHOPS TRY TO TACKLE IMMIGRATION

06/08/2021
Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, encourages 'bold response'
IMG_3242.JPG COMMUNICATIONS AS A CALL TO ENCOUNTER

05/25/2021
Diocsan staff members particpate in worldwide celebration of council document
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05/24/2021
Interreligious dialogue dependent upon getting to know each other
gaza.jpeg WORLD LEADERS WELCOME ISRAEL-HAMAS CEASEFIRE

05/24/2021
Pope asks for prayers
eucharist mitchell.png MAKING SENSE OF THE COMMUNION DEBATE

05/24/2021
Debate highlights conflicting beliefs
Bishop Persico COA_color (002).jpg BISHOP PERSICO PENS LETTER TO THE FAITHFUL REGARDING COMPENSATION FUND

05/18/2021
Provides details and perspective as a pastor
20210412T0930-BIDEN-COURT-COMMISSION-1245853 (1).JPG HIGH COURT TO HEAR MAJOR ABORTION CASE FROM MISSISSIPPI IN ITS NEXT TERM

05/17/2021
Supreme court will hear arguments on constitutionality of state ruling
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05/17/2021
Masks and social distancing no longer required
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05/17/2021
Pope Francis released new statement May 11
Math.JPG CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR EXCELLENCE

05/17/2021
New learning standards adopted
20210504T1120-QUINTUPLETS-BAPTIZED-1247118 (2).JPG QUINTUPLETS' PARENTS RELY ON CATHOLIC FAITH IN DAILY CHALLENGES

05/10/2021
Maryland family values church community
SYNOD-YOUNG-PEOPLE-1004761.JPG POPE'S DESIRE FOR SYNODALITY WILL RESHAPE THE CHURCH, CARDINAL TOBIN SAYS

05/10/2021
Openness at heart of synodality
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05/10/2021
Parents provide support in time of grief
IMG_4963.JPG MISSION OF FRIENDSHIP PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS

05/08/2021
Online auction to fund upcoming events is set for May 17-22
PCC.jpg PCC CALLS FOR END TO EXPERIMENTS WITH ABORTED BABIES

05/07/2021
University of Pittsburgh research practices questioned
IMG_0195a.jpeg THREE MEN ORDAINED TO THE DIACONATE FOR THE DIOCESE OF ERIE

05/03/2021
'...with great joy, Ben, Nick and Christopher, the Diocese of Erie calls you forth for the sacrament of holy orders.'
INDIA-COVID-CHURCH-1246601.JPG 'PATIENTS ARE... DYING IN FRONT OF MY EYES,' SAYS INDIA HOSPITAL DIRECTOR

05/03/2021
COVID-19 escalation crisis in India
ADORATION-PANDEMIC-1246769.JPG VIRGINIA PARISH KEEPS PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION GOING IN PANDEMIC

05/03/2021
Commitment and creativity help maintain tradition
20210421T1045-POPE-PRAYER-PANDEMIC-MAY-1246363.JPG POPE CALLS FOR MONTHLONG GLOBAL PRAYER MARATHON FOR END TO PANDEMIC

04/29/2021
Daily livestream from Marian Shrines
dFyphNfg.jpeg DEDICATION FOR SACRED PURPOSE

04/26/2021
Churches, chapels and altars dedicated in solemn rite
EARTH-DAY-1246437.JPG PEOPLE MUST CARE FOR CREATION OR FACE SELF-DESTRUCTION, POPE SAYS

04/26/2021
Pope raises challenge to the faithful
CHRISTOPHER-AWARDS-1246639.JPG 'THE WAY BACK,' 'PRAY,' DOLLY PARTON SPECIAL WIN CHRISTOPHER AWARDS

04/26/2021
Stories of hope, courage, determination and faith win acclaim
Camp Notre Dame.jpg CAMP NOTRE DAME TO OPEN FOR DAY, OVERNIGHT CAMPING

04/19/2021
Summer fun resumes
20210407T1400-CATHOLIC-COALITION-VACCINE-1245641.JPG CATHOLIC COALITION STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF COVID-19 VACCINE FOR ALL

04/19/2021
Concern raised about vaccine resistance
MARYKNOLL-MACH-CHACHA-1245934.JPG GRASS ROOTS EFFORTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN AFRICA

04/19/2021
Catholic News Service features stories of hope Maryknoll Lay Missioners' Voices of Compassion magazine
Bishop Lawrence Persico.jpg STATEMENT FROM BISHOP LAWRENCE PERSICO REGARDING THE ARRIVAL OF UNACCOMPANIED MINORS IN THE ERIE AREA

04/15/2021
'...our response as Catholics is very simple.'
Dr. Parris Baker 10MB.jpg ‘… THE SUBJECT (OF RACISM) IS INEXHAUSTIBLE. BUT WE TOOK SOME FIRST STEPS.'

04/12/2021
Cabinet members participate in sessions on racism
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04/12/2021
Real people, real lives, offer connection and example
IMMIGRATION-1245671.JPG ONCE AGAIN, CATHOLIC AGENCIES STEP IN TO HELP MINORS AT THE BORDER

04/12/2021
Child need is humanitarian issue, beyond politics
20210329T1445-ORLANDO-MAGIC-KENDRICK-1244920.JPG ORLANDO MAGIC RECOGNIZE RELIGIOUS FOR HER ADVOCACY FOR FARMWORKERS

04/06/2021
High school trip expands awareness of the poor
IMG_1663.jpg BISHOP PERSICO ESTABLISHES COMMITTEE TO EXPLORE THE FULL RETURN TO PUBLIC WORSHIP

04/05/2021
Deacon Steve Washek oversees effort to create welcoming, pastoral return
dentist mailchimp.JPG ISRAELI CATHOLIC DENTIST OFFERS FREE CARE TO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

03/29/2021
Generosity comes in many versions
IMG_4637.JPG OUR LONG LENT IS FAR FROM OVER — BUT SIGNS OF EASTER ARE EVERYWHERE

03/29/2021
Op-Ed looks from Easter to Easter
Option 2.jpg BISHOP, SUPERINTENDENT, RECOGNIZE EFFORTS AT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

03/25/2021
'We are immensely proud of them...'
-VATICAN-LETTER-EASTER-DATE-1166874.JPG ONE FAITH, TWO CALENDARS: DATE OF EASTER STILL ON ECUMENICAL AGENDA

03/22/2021
Consistent date for Easter is possibility
JESUITS-TRUTH-RECONCILIATION-RAC-1166808.JPG JESUITS PLEDGE $100 MILLION TO BENEFIT DESCENDANTS OF ENSLAVED PEOPLE

03/22/2021
Fund is acknowledgement of impact of 'bitter legacy' of slavery.
urns.jpg LIVESTREAMING OFFERS OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL TO PARTICIPATE IN CHRISM MASS

03/22/2021
Priests gather to renew promises; oils are blessed
Screen Shot 2021-03-05 at 3.57.40 PM.png BALTIMORE SEMINARY CHAPEL SHOWCASED BY SEMINARIANS

03/22/2021
Life of Jesus reflected in seminary windows
20210308T1700-JOSEPHS-DAY-DISPENSATION-1166299.JPG ST. JOSEPH'S DAY CAN HAVE ITS CAKE — AND MEAT WITH IT, TOO

03/15/2021
Two popular saints celebrated this week
20200327T1621-POPE-BLESSING-COVID-19-604089 (1).JPG VATICAN OFFICIAL CONCERNED BY POPULIST LEADERS 'HIJACKING' RELIGION

03/15/2021
Cardinal cautions against religion promoting divisiveness
IRAQ-CHRISTIANS-1166101 (1).JPG HOSTILITY, VIOLENCE ARE 'BETRAYAL' OF RELIGION, POPE SAYS IN IRAQ

03/08/2021
Pope meets with religious leaders in Iraq
20210306T0000-POPE-IRAQ-SISTINI-1166015.JPG POPE, IRAQI SHIITE LEADER AFFIRM IMPORTANCE OF DIALOGUE, RESPECT

03/08/2021
Meeting focused on good of all humanity
TOBIN-PASTORAL-LETTER-EUCHARIST-1165926.JPG CARDINAL TOBIN INVITES FAITHFUL TO 'RETURN TO GRACE' THROUGH THE EUCHARIST

03/08/2021
Cardinal wonders if 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'
Bishop on stairs.jfif THREE BISHOPS, BLACK AND WHITE, CONTINUE TO ADVANCE ERIE'S RACIAL RECKONING

03/08/2021
Op-Ed published in Erie Times News
MYANMAR-PROTESTS-1165629.JPG AT LEAST 18 DIE IN MYANMAR COUP PROTESTS; NUN PROTECTS DEMONSTRATORS

03/02/2021
Military coup in response to election conflict results in injuries and fatalities
CHAPLAINS-OVERVIEW-1010303.JPG 'WE ARE HERE' — HEALTH CARE CHAPLAINS REFLECT ON COVID-19 MINISTRY

03/02/2021
Chaplains keep ministry a priority
Slider18.png 1:38 WOMEN'S CONFERENCE OFFERS MULTIPLE WAYS TO PARTICIPATE; REGISTRATION STILL OPEN

03/02/2021
Program includes Mass, confession and nationally known speakers
serra.jpg SERRA CLUB MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF SERVICE

02/22/2021
Local group welcomes new members
ashes.png BETWEEN RECEIVING ASHES AND BECOMING THEM

02/22/2021
Reflection on themes of death and life during Lent
texas mail chimp2.JPG TEXAS CATHOLICS STRUGGLE WITH HISTORIC STORM, POWER OUTAGES

02/22/2021
Widespread devastation results from winter storm
francis with jpII.jpg TWENTY YEARS AGO: JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO IS CREATED CARDINAL

02/22/2021
Pope's priorities remain consistent since days as archbishop
Mars.JPG MARS MISSION CAN INSPIRE NEXT GENERATION SCIENTISTS, PAPAL ASTRONOMER SAYS

02/22/2021
International cooperation yields 'out of this world' discoveries
prayer.JPG 'A DAY THAT BEGINS WITH PRAYER IS A GOOD DAY,' POPE SAYS

02/16/2021
Pope Francis highlights the transformative nature of prayer
almsgiving.JPG AFTER 11 MONTHS OF 'GIVING UP,' WHAT IS THERE LEFT TO GIVE UP THIS LENT?

02/16/2021
Catholics encouraged to look to deeper meaning of the season
Logo.png MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY JOINS NATIONAL QUEST TO SWIPE OUT HUNGER

02/16/2021
Recognizing an often invisible foe
martha.jpg POPE ADDS CHURCH DOCTORS, MARTHA, MARY AND LAZARUS TO UNIVERSAL CALENDAR

02/08/2021
Witness to gift of hospitality valued in pope's decision
03c75670.jpg GRACE AND MERCY: DIOCESE UNVEILS LENTEN WEBSITE

02/08/2021
Ash Wednesday protocols and Lenten guidelines also listed
ashes.JPG ASH WEDNESDAY: DIFFERENT LOOK SAME MESSAGE

02/08/2021
Pandemic heightens awareness of season of grace
vatican news young girl takes walk with grandfather.jpeg POPE ESTABLISHES WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY

02/01/2021
Day to honor grandparents is fruit of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year
2021 Forward Together.jpg CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL 2021: WHY GIVE?

02/01/2021
Pandemic demonstrates the need
22.32 Men.jpg SPEAKERS CONFIRMED FOR THE EIGHTH ANNUAL 22:32 MEN'S CONFERENCE

02/01/2021
Annual conference is Feb. 27
MARCH-MESSAGE-LIFE-1164089.JPG YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO BE 'PERSISTENT IN HIGHLIGHTING' THE SACREDNESS OF LIFE

02/01/2021
Pandemic limits crowds, not enthusiasm
20210127T1030-POPE-HOLOCAUST-REMEMBRANCE-1163855 (1).JPG POPE: FAILURE TO REMEMBER HOLOCAUST WILL LEAD WORLD DOWN SAME PATH

01/28/2021
January 27 marked anniversary of 1945 liberation
GORMAN-PARISH-1013111 (1).JPG POET AMANDA GORMAN IS A LIGHT TO US ALL, PARISHIONER SAYS

01/26/2021
Gorman's parish community celebrates one of its own
Rosary 1.jpg CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK KICKS OFF WITH GREAT MASS

01/25/2021
A week of celebration of Catholic education
COLLECTION-SCHOOL-1013177.JPG A GIFT OF SOLIDARITY FROM THE U.S. HELPS FORMATION IN FARAWAY RURAL DIOCESE

01/25/2021
New technology facilitates catechesis
COVID-ROME-PRIEST-DIARY-1012687.JPG BEDSIDE CARE: ROME PRIEST CHRONICLES MINISTERING WHILE SICK WITH COVID-19

01/15/2021
Priest comforts fellow patients
BIBLE-YEAR-PODCAST-1012611.JPG DAILY PODCAST THAT LEADS LISTENERS THROUGH BIBLE'S NARRATIVE IS NO. 1 IN U.S.

01/15/2021
Father Mike Schmitz hosts popular podcast
Mathew Rev. T. Shane (002).jpg PROMOTING LIFE IN EXISTENCE AND IN ABUNDANCE

01/15/2021
Passionate advocacy for life is faithfulness to God
bishop CU.jpg BISHOP LAWRENCE PERSICO COMMENTS ON RIOTING AT THE CAPITOL

01/12/2021
'We can and must do better.'
POPE-EPIPHANY-1012121.JPG LIKE THE MAGI, LOOK TO THE HEAVENS FOR HOPE, POPE SAYS ON EPIPHANY

01/11/2021
Epiphany message relevant to conflicted U.S.
Logo4.png EIGHTH ANNUAL 22:32 MEN'S CONFERENCE REVAMPED

01/11/2021
Conference will use a hybrid format
CONGRESS-RELIGIOUS-REPRESENTATION-PEW-1011961.JPG IN WAKE OF CAPITOL HILL ATTACK, LEADERS URGE REJECTION OF DIVISIONS THAT LEAD TO VIOLENCE

01/11/2021
Dialogue and common ground valued
VATICAN-LETTER-BAPTISTERY-RENEW-1011693.JPG COME TO THE WATER: MOSAICISTS BRING RENEWAL TO ROME'S FIRST BAPTISTRY

01/04/2021
Mosaics in baptistry among oldest known to Christianity
CATHOLIC-KIDS-MEDIA-1011884.jpg 21-YEAR-OLD ITALIAN AMERICAN WRITES SCRIPTS, MUSIC FOR CATECHETICAL CARTOONS

01/04/2021
Cartoons provide format for engaging children in Scripture
PHILIPPINES-NATIVITY-1011073.JPG WCC: 'FIND HOPE IN THE BIRTH OF JESUS AMID THE COVID-19 CRISIS'

12/21/2020
Christmas brings good news
votflogo1.png DIOCESE GETS A+ IN FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY FOR 2020

12/15/2020
Highest rating possible achieved two years in a row
vatican tree full scene.JPG THIS YEAR'S VATICAN CHRISTMAS TREE HAS ORNAMENTS HANDMADE BY THE HOMELESS

12/14/2020
Tree is 'sign of hope' Pope Francis says.
Christmas star canva.png JUPITER, SATURN TO PUT ON 'CHRISTMAS STAR' SHOW AT WINTER SOLSTICE

12/14/2020
Planetary conjunction will look like one bright star
20201201T1345-POPE-ZAIRE-RITE-AMAZON-1010286.JPG ZAIREAN RITE OFFERS EXAMPLE FOR DEVELOPING AN AMAZONIAN RITE, POPE SAYS

12/03/2020
Missal considers cultural differences
MC2.jpg MERCY CENTER FOR WOMEN, ERIE, EXPANDS SERVICES WITH PURCHASE OF SCHOOL

12/03/2020
Expansion doubles housing accommodations for women and their children
20201130T1000-PARISH-MERGERS-1010226.JPG DETROIT 'FAMILIES' OF PARISHES' PLAN MOVES AHEAD; PITTSBURGH ANNOUNCES MERGERS

12/03/2020
Dioceses make adjustments to parish configurations
Carnelite Novena.jpg DIOCESE ANNOUNCES CARMELITE ORDER HAS CLOSED THE HOLY FAMILY MONASTERY IN ERIE

12/01/2020
'Truly a great loss,' says Bishop Persico
DSC_0241.JPG REFLECTION ON MARY, IMMACULATE MOTHER

11/30/2020
Marian feast celebrated December 8
CARDINALS-CONSISTORY-1010079.JPG IN WASHINGTON, WITH NEW PRESIDENT, CARDINAL HOPES FOR DIALOGUE

11/30/2020
Dialogue and common ground valued
-AUSTRIA-PEACE-LIGHT-1009927.JPG AUSTRIAN PEACE LIGHT TRADITION CONTINUES, DESPITE PANDEMIC

11/30/2020
Light of hope and help spreads
Advent Simply-Celebrating_IG.jpg SIMPLY CELEBRATING: DIOCESE OF ERIE LAUNCHES WEBSITE WITH CREATIVE WAYS TO CELEBRATE ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS AT HOME

11/24/2020
From sing a-longs to blessings, a little something for everyone.
ARCTIC-EU-RESOURCES-1009612.JPG EU CATHOLIC LEADERS URGE TOUGHER POLICIES TO PROTECT ARTIC

11/23/2020
Concern raised about human rights violations and environmental damage
Closeup-BishopAtHome-019.jpg THANKSGIVING DURING THE PANDEMIC: 'WHAT WILL WE LEARN?'

11/23/2020
Bishop Lawrence Persico' Thanksgiving letter
family-saying-prayer-eating-roast-dinner-18044146.jpg REASONS TO BE GRATEFUL DURING A TIME OF PANDEMIC

11/19/2020
Taking stock of what is of value
IMG_7842a.jpeg PREP-VILLA ANNOUNCES SEISMIC CHANGE

11/17/2020
Transition to co-ed institution slated for September 2022 with $14.3 million investment
eagle 2.jpg DOUBLE EAGLE

11/17/2020
The Diocese of Erie has two new Eagle Scouts
20201107T1500-USA-DAILYLIFE-1008816.JPG CATHOLICS ACKNOWLEDGE POSTELECTION DIVISIONS, WORK AHEAD

11/09/2020
Many pray for healing
dreamstime_smaller.jpg UNITED STATES: CHALLENGE OF UNITY AFTER THE VOTE

11/09/2020
A test for Americans
flag.png ARCHBISHOP JOSÉ GOMEZ: NATION'S LEADERS MUST NOW 'COME TOGETHER' WITH ELECTION OF NEW PRESIDENT

11/09/2020
A time for unity
dreamstime_m_198785763.jpg PRIESTS OFFER VETERANS' DAY REFLECTION ON PATRIOTISM

11/09/2020
Service to God and country
PRAYER-PEACE-1007490.JPG CATHOLIC, JEWISH LEADERS MARK 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'NOSTRA AETATE'

11/02/2020
Dialogue continues in spirit of Vatican II
election photo maybe.JPG PANEL: AMID ELECTION ANGST, CHRISTIANS CAN VOTE, LOG OFF AND BE QUIET

11/02/2020
Journalists share thoughts on adapting to election aftermath
SPIRITUAL-COMMUNION-1007890.JPG THE GIFTS OF A DIFFICULT SEASON

11/02/2020
Catholics stay connected through spiritual Communion and livestreaming
IMG_1991.JPG MASS FOR DECEASED WOMEN RELIGIOUS, OTHERS, TO BE LIVESTREAMED NOV. 2

10/27/2020
Bishop Lawrence Persico will celebrate
bag.jpg THE NEED IS CRITICAL: CATHOLIC CHARITIES LAUNCHES APPEAL TO BOLSTER ITS EFFORTS

10/26/2020
Demand for services increase as pandemic continues
ARMENIANS-1007485.JPG ARMENIAN ORTHODOX LEADER WARNS OF POSSIBLE GENOCIDE IN DISPUTED TERRITORY

10/26/2020
Violence escalting in Caucasus region
POPE-FILM-CLIP-1007714.JPG QUESTIONS CONTINUE AROUND FILM'S USE OF POPE'S QUOTE ON CIVIL UNIONS

10/26/2020
Comments in documentary prompt debate about pope's perspective
POPE-CARDINALS-1007780.JPG CARDINAL-DESIGNATE GREGORY THANKS POPE 'WITH GRATEFUL, HUMBLE HEART'

10/26/2020
Archbishop Gregory to be first African-American cardinal
MCGIVNEY-CUA-COLLECTION-1007548.JPG BEATIFICATION OF FATHER MICHAEL McGIVNEY TO TAKE PLACE OCT. 31 IN HARTFORD, CONN.

10/26/2020
Soon-to-be-beatified priest was founder of Knights of Columbus
-HUMAN-TRAFFICKING-REPORT-795618.JPG PANDEMIC INCREASES RISKS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, EXPLOITATION, SPEAKERS SAY

10/19/2020
Vulnerable become more vulerable during time of crisis
20201012T1430-NY-CABRINI-1006968.JPG NEW STATUE HONORS MOTHER CABRINI FOR DEVOTION TO IMMIGRANTS, CHILDREN, THE POOR

10/19/2020
History seen as inspiring the present
its-the-right-action-say-women-religious-about-helping-register-voters-5f8807ba968fd_600.jpeg 'IT'S THE RIGHT ACTION,' SAY WOMEN RELIGIOUS ABOUT HELPING REGISTER VOTERS

10/19/2020
Religious sisters expand ministry in election year
ACCOMPANYING-1007148.JPG FEAR OF DEATH REPLACED WITH JOY OF ACCOMPANYING SOULS TO ETERNAL LIFE

10/19/2020
Teen answers Christian call to accompany the dying
Service learning engagement for high school students-1.png HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OFFERED SERVICE - LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

10/19/2020
Online program begins Nov. 15
Sister Norma.jpg SISTER NORMA PIMENTEL, MCJ, FEATURED IN DIOCESAN VIRTUAL RESPECT LIFE CONFERENCE OCT. 24

10/13/2020
Consistent ethic of life, advocacy to be addressed
Mission.png PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR WORLD MISSION DAY

10/12/2020
Mission needs continue in pandemic
MASK-RELIGION-1006582.JPG FACE MASKS DEEMED EXPRESSION OF FAITH

10/12/2020
Care for others demonstrated by protective face coverings
ACUTIS-BEATIFICATION-MASS-1006876.JPG BEATIFIED TEEN SHOWED THAT HEAVEN IS 'ATTAINABLE GOAL,' CARDINAL SAYS

10/12/2020
Carlo Acutis beatified in Assisi
Father Juan Antonion Guerrero,SJ vatican news.jpeg PEOPLE HAVE RIGHT TO KNOW HOW VATICAN USES RESOURCES, OFFICIAL SAYS

10/05/2020
Vatican promotes financial transparency
USCCB-JUSTICE-FOR-IMMIGRANTS-1006151.JPG NEW CASTING OF CATHOLIC SCULPTOR'S IMMIGRATION ARTWORK UNVEILED

10/05/2020
Tour of immigration sculpture begins in U.S.
POPE-MASS-ASSISI-1006406.JPG BELIEF IN GOD AS CREATOR OF ALL HAS PRACTICAL CONSEQUENCES, POPE SAYS

10/05/2020
Pope Francis signs encyclical in Assisi
GOMEZ-VIRTUAL-ROSARY-1006251.JPG GOMEZ: THROUGHOUT CHURCH'S HISTORY, MARY HAS BROUGHT 'A MESSAGE OF HOPE'

10/02/2020
USCCB President Archbishop José H. Gomez to lead Rosary for America
Untitled design-1.png GANNON ALUMNUS DONATION ESTABLISHES THE ORLANDO BIOMEDICAL ETHICS AND CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING ENDOWMENT

09/28/2020
Endowment to foster ethical leadership
20200923T0915-COVID-UGANDA-REFUGEES-1005645.JPG COVID-19 ROBBED REFUGEES 'OF THE LITTLE THAT THEY HAD,' SAYS SALESIAN

09/28/2020
Plight of displaced worsed in pandemic
Sister Norma.JPG SISTER NORMA PIMENTEL IS ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2020

09/28/2020
Work with refugees along the Texas border recognized
DISPLACED-PERSONS-STRENGTH-1005699.JPG CARDINAL CZERNY: DISPLACED PERSONS CAN BE A POSITIVE FORCE OF CHANGE

09/27/2020
World Day of Migrants and Refugees is Sunday, Sept. 27
GINSBURG-SCOTUS-1005482.JPG RUTH BADER GINSBERG IS REMEMBERED AS 'JURIST OF HISTORIC STATUE'

09/21/2020
Supreme Court justice's life and death have great impact
Statement on racism.png ERIE'S CATHOLIC SISTERS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR RESOLUTION ON RACISM

09/21/2020
Erie County resolution endorsed
COVID-PARIS-1005464.JPG EUROPE RACING TO LIMIT SECOND WAVE OF CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS

09/21/2020
Virus numbers are rising in multiple countries in Europe
DOE Thank You.jpg IN 'GOD'S COUNTRY,' TWO MILES FROM POTATO CREEK

09/21/2020
Sisters Phyllis Schleicher, OSB, and Mary William Hoffman, OSB, retire from Catholic Rural Ministry
1.png CATHOLIC EDUCATION COLLECTION TO BE HELD THIS WEEKEND

09/14/2020
Collection benefits lifelong faith formation
Barb Ertl.2jpg.jpg MANAGING EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING AS THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS

09/14/2020
Help for families of school students offered through webinar scheduled for Spet. 21
20200914T0900-REFUGEE-STUDENTS-LEARNING-ONLINE-1005149.JPG CATHOLIC CHARITIES IN THE U.S. RESPONDS TO EVOLVING NEEDS

09/14/2020
Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee goes beyond welcoming
UK-COVID-CHURCH-SURVEY-1004788.JPG NEW U.K. SURVEY: 96 PERCENT OF CATHOLICS WILL RETURN TO CHURCH AFTER PANDEMIC

09/14/2020
Survey response prompts optimism
LEGO-SHRINE-REPLICA-1004492-1.JPG PANDEMIC HOBBY: WASHINGTON MAN DESIGNS LEGO BASILICA REPLICA

09/04/2020
Lego-mania with a devotional twist
COVID-COLOMBIA-DEACON-FUNERALS-1004431.JPG 'TRAUMATIC WAY TO SAY GOODBYE:' ROADSIDE FUNERAL IN COLOMBIA

09/04/2020
Deacon offers consolation to mourners
grief.jpg DEALING WITH GRIEF IN A TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

09/04/2020
Grief in isolation adds to pain
mission girl.JPG PARISHIONERS IN THE DIOCESE ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT THE MISSIONARY COOPERATIVE PLAN

09/04/2020
Mission needs continue in pandemic
IMG_6493 adjusted.jpg BIG G, LITTLE o, IT'S TIME FOR SPORTS TO GO, GO, GO!

09/03/2020
Safety a top priority as Catholic school students take to the field
20200826T1100-CHRISTOPHER-AWARDS-1004186.JPG 'JUST MERCY,' BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD' AMONG CHRISTOPHER WINNERS

09/01/2020
Award winners' messages lauded
LAKE-CHARLES-HURRICANE-1004396.JPG HURRICANE DESTROYS LOUISIANA CHURCHES, CLOSES SCHOOLS, DISPLACES PRIESTS

09/01/2020
Restoration begins after devasting storm
CREATION-MIGRATION-CZERNY-1004241.JPG CARE OF THE EARTH, CONCERN FOR MIGRANTS ARE CONNECTED, CARDINAL SAYS

09/01/2020
Season of Creation celebrated through September
John and Rose Mary Winiarczyk.BLeseed Sacrament erie 68years.jpg MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES CELEBRATED

09/01/2020
Pandemic restrictions alter annual celebration
IOWA-DERECHO-DUBUQUE-1003955.JPG MULTIPLE COUNTIES IN DUBUQUE ARCHDIOCESE AFFECTED BY POWERFUL DERECHO

08/25/2020
Residents frustrated by lack of national response
-POPE-MESSAGE-POOR-794958.JPG POPE AT AUDIENCE: HEALING THE WORLD IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD SOMETHING BETTER

08/25/2020
Pope calls attention to the plight of the poor
dialogue masks.jpg LOVE MY NEIGHBOR: CIVILITY IN DIALOGUE

08/25/2020
Diocese of Erie offers online discussion Sept. 3
mauritius.jpg MAURITIUS OIL SPILL: CATHOLIC CARDINAL SAYS LOCAL VILLAGES ARE SUFFERING

08/17/2020
Residents assist in cleanup
KNIGHTS-WYOMING-FAMILY-1003554-1.JPG KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FAMILY OF THE YEAR

08/17/2020
Family is honored for servce
IMG-9227.JPG SERVICE WITHOUT BORDERS

08/17/2020
International students perform service in their home country
Gannon first year strudents volunteer during welcome week.jpg INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

08/17/2020
Prayer and service vital to re-opening at Catholic universities
IMG_5781.JPG THREE EVENTS, ONE HEART: UNITED CLERGY OF ERIE MEMBERS ADDRESS RACISM

08/11/2020
Prayer event, service project announced at mayor's news conference
faith formation - we are here!.jpg LISTENING AND RESPONDING: FAITH FORMATION IN TIME OF PANDEMIC

08/11/2020
Diocesan office announces new initiatives
pope for international story.JPG POPE NAMES SIX WOMEN TO PREVIOUSLY ALL-MALE COUNCIL FOR ECONOMY

08/10/2020
Pope makes unprecendented appointments
LA procession monstrance.JPG PROCESSION ON BAYOU TECHE TO CELEBRATE ASSUMPTION, PRAY FOR END TO PANDEMIC

08/10/2020
Procession marks the 255th anniversary of the arrival of French-Canadian immigrants to Diocese of Lafayette, Louisianna
DSC_0572.JPG BISHOP PERSICO INVITES CATHOLICS TO PRAYER AND TO SERVICE

08/05/2020
Joins United Clergy of Erie efforts to address racism
atomic bomb.jpg BISHOPS FROM JAPAN, U.S. CALL CATHOLICS TO WORK FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

08/04/2020
This week marks 75th aniversary of bombing of Japan
IMG_2903.JPG SNOWFALL IN AUGUST IN ROME

08/04/2020
Dedication of St. Mary Major annual celebration
catholic foundation logo.png CATHOLIC FOUNDATION AWARDS $61,650 IN SPRING 2020 GRANT CYCLE

08/04/2020
Parishes and schools benefit from grants
mcgrath.jpg RELIGIOUS BROTHER USES GIFTS AS LITURGICAL ARTIST TO HEAL WOUNDS OF RACISM

08/04/2020
Art as a vehicle for healing
Gallagher.PNG SUPERINTENDENT OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS REFLECTS ON SCHOOL RE-OPENING

08/04/2020
Education during pandemic presents unique challenges
resized.png NOT ALL IN THE SAME BOAT: SOME COMMUNTIES 'SINK MORE EASILY,' ARCHBISHOP SAYS

07/28/2020
Document addresses global inequalities
20200723T1440-886-CNS-PROTESTS-PORTLAND.jpg PORTLAND ARCHBISHOP URGES END TO VIOLENCE, RETURN TO CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE

07/28/2020
Archbishop addresses protest concerns in his
Art House mural.jpg SHOES 'DO THE TALKING' ON 10TH STREET

07/28/2020
Students stage 'shoe strike' for climate awareness
frenchtown volunteers 2 wagner.jpg CREATIVITY IN FLEXIBILITY

07/28/2020
Three parish communities find new ways to carry on traditions
ssj5.jpg URBAN FARMING IMPACTS COMMUNITY

07/20/2020
Farmers market in "Historic Little Italy" provides fresh produce
samuel group banner 600 maialchimp.jpg DISCERNMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG ADULTS

07/20/2020
Samuel Group begins September 20
national mail chimp.jpg A YOUNG CATHOLIC DAD FINDS HOPE AMID DESPAIR, DESTRUCTION LEFT BY RIOTS

07/20/2020
Desire to serve leads to food program
IMG_6024.JPG CLERGY FROM SEVERAL DENOMINATIONS CONSIDER HOW TO ADDRESS RACISM TOGETHER

07/20/2020
Bishop Dwane Brock and Bishop Lawrence Persico host meeting at St. Mark Center
International Mailchimp.jpg VATICAN OFFICIAL CALLS FOR ACTION AFTER U.N. REPORTS RISING HUNGER RATE

07/20/2020
Vatican responds to widespread food insecurity
Stephanie Schmidt OSB.jpg BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF ERIE ELECT SISTER STEPHANIE SCHMIDT AS PRIORESS

07/14/2020
New prioress succeeds Sister Anne Wambach, OSB
sister nancy fischer.JPG DESPITE PANDEMIC, SEEK NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

07/14/2020
Diocesan director of women religious shares insights.
2020-NFP-Week-Freedom-Begins-Sunday-couple.jpg NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING AWARENESS WEEK BEGINS SUNDAY, JULY 19

07/14/2020
Annual observance coincides with anniversary of
20200710T1345-459-CNS-DC-FOOD-PANDEMIC.jpg ARCHBISHOP COAKLEY: LOANS KEEP 'ESSENTIAL MINISTRIES' GOING DURING NATIONAL EMERGENCY

07/14/2020
Loans keep employees on payroll in Catholic ministries
th-century-spire-paris-notre-dame-cathedral-eugene-viollet-le-duc-made-oak-covered-lead-destroyed-paris-146086988.jpg NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL SPIRE TO BE BUILT AS REPLICA OF PRE-FIRE DESIGN

07/14/2020
Reconstruction hoped to be complete by 2024
edited.png DIOCESAN STAFFERS COLLECT A DOZEN 2020 CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARDS

07/07/2020
Father Scott Detish takes first place in book category
ratzinger.jpeg MSGR. GEORG RATZINGER, RETIRED POPE'S BROTHER, DIES at 96

07/06/2020
Pope emeritus' brother was noted musician
dad.jpg FATHER'S DAY: WHEN A DAD BECOMES A PRIEST LIKE HIS SON

07/06/2020
Newly ordained priest reflects on his vocation
Thumbnail option.jpg DIOCESE, BISHOP TO BE FEATURED IN NATIONAL SERIES

07/05/2020
DeSales Media travels to Erie
Shanghai.jpg FINDING GOD IN SHANGHAI: A CHINESE CONVERT'S PATH TO FAITH

06/30/2020
Inspiration from priest and scripture leads to faith despite restrictions on worship in China
rockies.jpg NEW MARIAN SHRINE SET TO WELCOME ROCKY MOUNTAIN VISITORS

06/30/2020
Magnificent setting inspires worshippers
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06/30/2020
The Catholic Foundation accepts historical gift.
DACA - mail chimp.jpg ARMED WITH PRAYER AND SIGNS, YOUNG IMMIGRANTS HAIL HIGH COURT'S DECISION

06/23/2020
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections remain in place.
confirmation 2.jpg PASTORS BEGIN OFFERING CONFIRMATION AS PUBLIC WORSHIP RETURNS

06/23/2020
St. Anthony of Padua, Cambridge Springs, celebrates confirmation
pope 6.21 angelus.jpg PANDEMIC HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO PROTECT REFUGEES, CREATION, POPE SAYS

06/23/2020
Pope Francis leads Angelus on World Refugee Day
gannon- mercyhurst mail chimp.png LOCAL UNIVERSITIES ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR FALL

06/16/2020
Multiple adjustments made to promote safety
priests.jpg CATHOLICS URGED TO REMEMBER PRIESTS AS 'SPIRITUAL FATHERS' ON FATHER'S DAY

06/16/2020
Priests on front line during pandemic
swiss guards2.jpg SWISS GUARDS RECEIVE FORMATION IN SECURITY, FAITH, CHAPLAIN SAYS

06/16/2020
Colorful costumes not the only tradition for these guards
anthony of padua.jpg ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA STILL INSPIRATIONAL MODEL FOR TODAY, POPE SAYS

06/12/2020
Saint's feast day is celebrated June 13.
ISS_23444_00228.jpg 2020 GRADUATES HONORED IN NOVEL WAYS

06/09/2020
Creativity and enthusiasm facilitate memorable graduation events.
seitz.jpg STATEMENT FROM EL PASO BISHOP MARK J. SEITZ ON FLOYD KILLING

06/09/2020
Texas bishop provides Christian perspective on response to tragedy
IMG_5786.jpeg BISHOP PERSICO, COLLEAGUES, PARTICIPATE IN SILENT MARCH

06/09/2020
Downtown Erie event calls for change
purell lucas.jpg FAITH, SUPERSTITION AND MAGICAL THINKING

06/02/2020
Meadville pastor adds perspective to response to coronavirus
church reopen.jpg CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE GUEST COMMENTARY: IT'S TIME FOR THE CHURCH TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE

06/02/2020
Catholic Christians are encouraged to move forward with love in challenging time
bishops statement2.jpg U. S. BISHOP CHAIRMEN ISSUE STATEMENT IN WAKE OF DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD AND NATIONAL PROTESTS

06/02/2020
Bishops issue challenge for unity in addressing racism
ordination 3pg.jpg AN ORDINATION NOT SOON FORGOTTEN

06/02/2020
Father Kevin Holland and Joseph Petrone ordained to priesthood
Kaza, Msgr. Charles.JPG MSGR. CHARLES KAZA REINSTATED TO ACTIVE MINISTRY AT ST. TOBIAS PARISH, BROCKWAY

06/01/2020
Effective May 28, 2020
thumbnail.jpg BISHOP LAWRENCE PERSICO PENTECOST STATEMENT ON RACISM

05/31/2020
'We have much work to do...'
dove for Pentecost.jpg REFLECTIONS ON THE SPIRIT OF PENTECOST

05/26/2020
Pandemic prompts broadened perspective on Pentecost
JPII for mail chimp.jpg ST. JOHN PAUL II REVISITED: CENTENARY SPURS REVIVAL OF POPE'S TEACHINGS

05/26/2020
Pope remembered for actively and concretely living the Gospel
Town Hall screen shot.PNG BISHOP PERSICO ANNOUNCES RETURN TO THE PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS

05/25/2020
Dispensation from obligation to attend Mass remains in effect
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05/19/2020
Yearlong series of events planned in response to encyclical
Pandemic response.jpg APART BUT TOGETHER: CHURCH SHOWS CREATIVITY MINISTERING DURING PANDEMIC

05/19/2020
Church continues to rely on faith and science in time of pandemic
Mercyhurst university.jpg MERCYHURST OPENS RESIDENCE HALLS TO WASH NEARLY 5,000 FACE MASKS

05/19/2020
University responds to health department need
Bishop in cathedral.jpg BISHOP PERSICO TO HOST VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

05/18/2020
Questions may be submitted in advance of the May 21 event
navajo mass in chinle.jpg UTAH PARISH MAKES 500 MASKS FOR NAVAJO NATION TO HELP COMBAT CORONAVIRUS

05/12/2020
Catholic faithful respond to need on Navajo reservation
Day of Prayer for Humanity.jpg DAY OF PRAYER FOR HUMANITY MAY 14

05/12/2020
Pontificate for Interreligious Dialogue calls for ecumenical day of prayer
Offetory offerings on line.png CATHOLIC FOUNDATION MAKES IT EASY TO SUPPORT YOUR PARISH ONLINE

05/12/2020
Tools activated while under stay-at-home restrictions
Bishop at Consecration.png DIOCESE OF ERIE ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR GRADUAL RETURN TO WORSHIP

05/11/2020
Adoration and confession permitted; additional options being explored
mary for mothers day.jpg smaller.jpg MOTHERS' DAY REFLECTION

05/05/2020
May 10 is day to honor earthly and heavenly mothers
consecration mail chimp.jpg BISHOPS AROUND THE COUNTRY CONSECRATE U.S. TO MARY AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

05/05/2020
Local and national services renew entrustment to Mary, Mother of the Church
Fr. Mike.jpg resized.jpg VOCATIONS SUNDAY: THE COURAGE TO SAY YES TO GOD'S CALL

05/05/2020
World Day of Prayer for Vocations encourages “yes” to God’s call.
Mary solberg.jpg FAITH AT 20: THE COMPANY THAT LAUNCHED TWO MILLION MAGAZINES

05/05/2020
Diocese of Erie enjoys fruitful 16-year partnership
Jessie Hubert.png FAITH FORMATION TEAM CREATES VIRTUAL FAITH-SHARING SPACE

04/28/2020
Partners with Office of Social Justice and Life for new initiative
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04/28/2020
In livestreamed Masses, Pope Francis speaks of hope and trust
religious education.jpg RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONTINUES IN DIFFERENT FORMAT DURING PANDEMIC

04/28/2020
Without in-person programming, religious education leaders address student and family needs
Thumbnail Bishop Reflects.jpg 'WE ARE IN THIS WITH YOU.'

04/28/2020
Bishop offers video messages to those who have had to adjust or postpone the reception of sacraments
Mary consecration compressed.jpg NATION AND DIOCESE TO RENEW CONSECRATION TO MARY MAY 1

04/28/2020
Bishop Persico to livestream renewal of consecration of the diocese as well
pope at Mass at Casa Santa Maria.jpeg POPE'S 'VIRTUAL' CONGREGATIONS SHOW TRUE UNITY IN PRAYER, JESUIT SAYS

04/20/2020
Pope Francis strives to maintain connections with the faithful
Facebook.jpg PERSPECTIVES ON LIVESTREAMING THE MASS

04/20/2020
Priests, parish communities remain close through technology
mouse.jpg EVEN CHURCH MICE HOPING DAY COMES SOON FOR FAITHFUL TO RETURN TO MASS

04/20/2020
A light hearted perspective on a serious subject
dreamstime_s_86880135.jpg POPE PENS EDITORIAL JOY IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

04/17/2020
Pope calls on Christians to be joyful witnesses to the resurrection
gomez for mail chimp.jpg JESUS RISES 'TO TELL US HIS LOVE IS STRONGER THAN DEATH.' SAYS ARCHBISHOP

04/14/2020
Archbishop delivers Easter message of hope
easter pope for mail chimp.jpg POPE CALLS FOR A 'CONTAGION' OF EASTER HOPE, PEACE, CARE FOR POOR

04/14/2020
Pope prays that Christ will dipel the darkness of the suffering of the world
OLP.jpg BISHOP CALLS FOR BELLS TO RING; RELEASES PRAYER IN TIME OF PANDEMIC

04/07/2020
New initiative asks all Catholics to offer new prayer daily at noon
pope palm sunday 1.jpg POPE ON PALM SUNDAY: LIFE, MEASURED BY LOVE, IS MEANT TO SERVE OTHERS

04/06/2020
Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican impacted by pandemic
sacred heart st peter.jpg ARCHBISHOP JOSE GOMEZ TO LEAD LITANY OF SACRED HEART ON GOOD FRIDAY

04/06/2020
USCCB will share Litany on Facebook
holyweekbanner.jpg #HOLY WEEK AT HOME INITIATIVE ANNOUNCED

04/03/2020
Includes publication of special, digital-only edition of Faith magazine
IMG_1984.JPG DIOCESE LAUNCHES ONLINE GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

03/31/2020
Seeking support for those in need, parishes and more
Soviskys.jpg REFLECTIONS ON THE (VIRTUAL) REALITY OF OUR TIME

03/30/2020
Connections are made in time of distancing
pope at crucifix - mail chimp international.jpg POPE'S SPECIAL 'URBI ET ORBI' BLESSING: 'GOD TURNS EVERYTHING TO OUR GOOD'

03/30/2020
Extraordinary blessing given to the world in time of pandemic
nurse sitting - canva.png CATHOLIC NURSES OFTEN ONLY SPIRITUAL CONNECTION TO HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS

03/30/2020
Spiritual presence fills a void for patients
Mary with stained glass window.jpg BISHOP PERSICO CALLS FOR DAY OF PRAYER, INCLUDES ECUMENICAL ELEMENT

03/24/2020
Includes livestream of the Lord's Prayer, rosary at noon
pope special blessing.jpg POPE ANNOUNCES EXTRAORDINARY ‘URBI ET ORBI’ BLESSING MARCH 27

03/23/2020
A special blessing for the world
home school mail chimp.jpg PARENTS SHARE IDEAS ON HOW TO MAKE SUDDEN ONSET OF HOME SCHOOLING WORK

03/23/2020
Home schooling can be a gift of time
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03/23/2020
Private Masses have spiritual benefits for all
Bishop in cathedral.jpg WE DO NOT FACE THIS PANDEMIC ALONE

03/22/2020
Bishop Persico offers words of comfort, hope in the face of the pandemic
pope mail chimp.jpg POPE MAKES MINI-PILGRIMAGE OUTSIDE VATICAN TO PRAY FOR END OF PANDEMIC

03/17/2020
Pope Francis witnesses to solidarity in prayer
Mass livestreamed.jpg WE MUST 'POUR OUT OUR HEARTS IN PRAYER' AMID PANDEMIC, ARCHBISHOP SAYS

03/17/2020
Worship has changed, prayer is constant
170804-ERCD_Bishop_P-compressed.jpg BISHOP PERSICO SUSPENDS ALL PUBLIC MASSES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

03/17/2020
Letter to the Faithful offers insights, encouragement
mps for mail chimp.PNG LUNCHTIME ENCOUNTER LEADS TO MERCY

03/08/2020
Mercyhurst Prep students feed the hungry
global for mail chimp.jpg STUDENTS ASSIST WITH GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT

03/08/2020
Erie County Catholic school students pack meals for West Africa
Patrick mail chimp.jpg I AM PATRICK

03/08/2020
Docudrama to run at Tinseltown in Erie March 17 and 18.
Burkina faso mail chimp.jpg HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS FORCED TO FLEE AS ATTACKS CONTNUE IN BURKINA FASO

03/08/2020
Christians in West Africa continue to be targeted
CSW_logo_horizontal_4c.png CATHOLIC SISTERS WEEK 2020: AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THANKS

03/03/2020
2020 theme: Communities of Spirit, Hearts for Ministry
day for mailchimp.jpg 'REVOLUTION OF THE HEART: THE DOROTHY DAY STORY,' MARCH 6, PBS

03/02/2020
Founder of the Catholic Worker movement featured in documentary.
friars.jpg DOMINICAN BROTHERS USE ULTRAMODERN MEANS TO TEACH ORDER'S ANCIENT MUSIC

03/02/2020
Swiss Dominicans use YouTube to share 800-year-old music.
persico.jpg PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: A VISION FOR 2020 AND BEYOND

02/24/2020
Bishop Persico considers second half of his tenure
syria snow.jpg 'WE ARE IN HUMAN MISERY,' FRANCISCAN IN NORTHERN SYRIA TELLS POPE

02/24/2020
Syrian families face devastation of war.
abuse summit.jpg ONE YEAR AFTER ABUSE SUMMIT, CHURCH REVIEWS PROGRESS, ADDITIONAL NEEDS

02/24/2020
Decisions made at summit result in change.
leap date.jpg LEAP YEAR'S EXTRA DAY HAS A CATHOLIC ORIGIN

02/24/2020
Learn something new about leap day.
almsgiving family.jpg ALMSGIVING: AN OVERSHADOWED LENTEN PILLAR HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

02/24/2020
World community benefits from Lenten giving.
camino couple.jpg COUPLE STRENGTHEN FAITH ON CAMINO; TREK LEADS UP TO WEDDING

02/17/2020
Couple's marriage began with a journey.
amazon mail chimp.jpg QUERIDA AMAZONIA: THE POPE'S EXHORTATION FOR A CHURCH WITH AN AMAZON FACE

02/17/2020
Pope Francis shares his dreams for the Amazon region and its people.
sarah2.jpg MERCYHURST PREP ALUMNA SHARES HER EXPERIENCE OF MEETING POPE FRANCIS

02/17/2020
"Thank you for your joy," was Sarah Signorino's greeting to the pope as she shook his hand.
20200210T1042-33908-CNS-MIDEAST-PATRIARCHS-POPE (1).jpg MIDEAST PATRIARCHS CONCERNED ABOUT CHRISTIAN SURVIVAL

02/11/2020
Issue raised in private meeting with Holy Father
20200210T1409-33911-CNS-GEORGETOWN-DIVEST-FOSSIL-FUELS (3).jpg GEORGETOWN TO DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS

02/11/2020
Decision is in response to student-led campaign
Samantha-Fuentes-720x445.jpg MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS SCHOOL SHOOTING SURVIVOR TO APPEAR IN ERIE THIS SPRING

02/11/2020
Appearance is part of Gannon's Spring Season of Arts and Culture
ManPraying.jpg REGISTRATION OPEN FOR REASON FOR OUR HOPE'S 2020 SPRING CONFERENCES FOR MEN, WOMEN

02/03/2020
Events offer opportunitities to grow in faith
peace west bank.jpg HOLY LAND CATHOLIC LEADERS: AMERICAN PEACE PLAN NEEDED PALESTINIAN INPUT

02/01/2020
Catholic leaders encourage more dialogue.
20200130T1309-33685-CNS-MUNSCH-CATHOLIC-PITTSBURGH.jpg COLLEGE SENIOR'S CHILDREN'S BOOK EXPLORES CATHOLIC ASPECTS OF PITTSBURGH

02/01/2020
Girl Scout project helps children at Mass.
pope iraq.jpg POPE, IRAQI LEADER DISCUSS PROTECTING CHRISTIANS, NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY

01/27/2020
Meeting highlights need for international cooperation in areas of conflict
mass4.jpg GATHERED TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

01/25/2020
Diocese of Erie celebrates Catholic Schools Week
perez for mail chimp.jpg ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT RETIRES, POPE NAMES BISHOP PEREZ SUCCESSOR

01/25/2020
Bishop Perez returns "home" to Philadelphia
St. Joseph Husband of Mary, Anita.jpg SCHOOLS TO CLOSE, ANOTHER PARISH RELEGATED IN ONGOING STRATEGIC PLANNING

01/21/2020
Bishop Persico announces plans affecting Elk, Jefferson and Venango counties
Trafficking_Credit_71_EAK_MOTO_Shutterstock_cna.jpg CHURCHES CRITICAL IN FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TOLD

01/20/2020
Role of faith-based groups in addressing global problem of human trafficking highlighted
pope at auschwitz.jpeg POPE TO SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTRE: IF WE LOSE OUR MEMORY, WE DESTROY OUR FUTURE

01/20/2020
Pope Francis reflects on lessons from the Holocaust
operation Rice Bowl mail chimp.jpg LENT: A TIME TO GIVE FOOD TO THE HUNGRY

01/20/2020
Catholic Relief Services offers Operation Rice Bowl
IMG_3186rotated.jpg EMMY-AWARD WINNING CONTENT PRODUCER RYAN BOMBERGER SHAKES THINGS UP AT 42ND ANNUAL PRO-LIFE BREAKFAST

01/13/2020
One of 13 siblings — 10 of whom were adopted — he offers unique perspective
20200109T0903-33042-CNS-SUNDAY-WORD-GOD-1.jpg POPE SETS SPECIAL DAY TO HONOR, STUDY, SHARE THE BIBLE

01/13/2020
Pope Francis encourages closer relationship with sacred Scripture
20200109T1411-33068-CNS-PUERTO-RICO-EARTHQUAKE.jpg PUERTO RICO REELS UNDER SUCCESSIVE EARTHQUAKES; CATHOLIC CHURCH DAMAGED

01/13/2020
Less than three years after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is devastated by earthquakes
international for mail chimp.jpg POPE BEGINS NEW YEAR WITH APOLOGY, PRAYERS FOR PEACE

01/05/2020
Pope Francis issues call for peace to large crowd gathered for New Years Day Angelus
20191231T1204-0066-CNS-SAFE-HAVEN-NEWBORNS.jpg NEWBORNS FIND 'SAFE HAVEN' FROM ABANDONMENT THROUGH FLORIDA VOLUNTEERS

01/05/2020
Tragedy prompts Florida man to save lives
IMG_2028.JPG CATHOLIC MINISTRY THRIVES BECAUSE OF EFFORTS OF MANY

01/03/2020
The Bishop's Breakfast provides a hot meal to those in need.
IMG_2970.JPG BISHOP LAWRENCE PERSICO OPENS CAUSE FOR CANONIZATION OF DR. GERTRUDE A. BARBER

12/17/2019
Family, supporters gather for historic moment
mail chimp local.edit.png MIDNIGHT MASS AT ST. PETER CATHEDRAL

12/16/2019
Committed team broadcasts Midnight Mass
mail chimp international.png POPE WRITES APOSTOLIC LETTER ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CHRISTMAS CRÈCHE

12/16/2019
Pope Francis reflects on
mail chimp national.jpg EVERYDAY HEREOS: HOW FORMER EAGLES GM FOUNDED RONALD McDONALD HOUSES

12/16/2019
Jim Murray saw need, responded and changed lives
IMG_3232a.JPG IN HIS OWN WORDS: BISHOP PERSICO REFLECTS ON AD LIMINA VISIT, ENCOUNTER WITH HOLY FATHER

12/10/2019
"It was much more than I had imagined..."
20191112T1322-0911-CNS-BISHOPS-OFFICERS-COMMITTEES.jpg BISHOPS TAKE NEW ACTIONS TO HOLD THEMSELVES ACCOUNTABLE FOR ABUSE IN 2019

12/09/2019
Policies, plans and actions in response to abuse crisis, are outlined
pope mail chimp photo.jpg CALL ME 'FATHER': POPE'S PRIESTLY VOCATION IS HIS FAVORITE GIFT

12/09/2019
Pope Francis, who will celebrate 50 years of priesthood on Dec. 13, 2019, reflects on the 'God of surprises'
bishops at tomb- in story.jpg CHURCH MUST HELP MILITARY FAMILIES FACE UNIQUE CHALLENGES, ARCHBISHOP SAYS

12/09/2019
Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services speaks of challengin ministry
IMG_2026.jpg WOMEN RELIGIOUS GATHER TO PRAY AND REMEMBER THEIR DECEASED

12/03/2019
Bishop Persico offers Mass, homily
Mail chimp for death penalty.jpg MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT LIFE IN PRISON OVER DEATH PENALTY, SAYS NEW POLL

12/02/2019
Gallup releases data marking shift in opinions
20191129T1159-949-CNS-POPE-ADLIMINA-THREE.jpg PENNSYLVANIA, NEW JERSEY BISHOPS SPEND THANKSGIVING WITH POPE

12/02/2019
Bishop Lawrence Persico participates in papal meeting during visit to Rome
mail chimp for NCYC.jpg NCYC GOES FROM ROWDY TO REVERENT FOR BLESSED SACRAMENT, POPE'S MESSAGE

11/25/2019
Youth from 145 dioceses, including Erie, gathered in Indianapolis for three days of prayer and celebration.
mail chimp faith formation.jpg FAITH FORMATION TEAM OFFERS 'A SEAT AT THE TABLE'

11/25/2019
Hospitality and inclusivenes at the heart of faith formation
Mail chimp local2 Bishop talks to young adults 1.jpeg BISHOP PERSICO MEETS CATHOLIC YOUNG ADULTS AT BREWERIE

11/25/2019
This year's final Theology on Tap provided insights into bishop's activites
Mail Chimp Bishop Skype .jpg MISSION: FRIENDSHIP

11/18/2019
Dioceses are connected by 50 years of friendship and a Skype connection
Mail chimp for day of the dead2).jpg DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

11/18/2019
November is a month to remember those who have died
in story tech pope story.jpg POPE CALLS ON LEADERS, TECH GIANTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN ONLINE

11/18/2019
Pope addresses online exploitation of children
Mail Chimp Dr. Cahill.jpg PASTORAL AGAINST RACISM IS STARTING CONVERSATIONS, HEALING, BISHOPS TOLD

11/18/2019
Racial justice was topic of recent Loftus lecture at Gannon University
Bishops.jpg UPDATE: U.S. BISHOPS EXAMINE CHALLENGES FACED BY CHURCH, SOCIETY

11/18/2019
Bishops gathered in Baltimore for Annual General Assembly
DACA photo for mail chimp.jpg IN COURT BRIEFS, CATHOLIC LEADERS URGE SUPREME COURT TO KEEP DACA IN PLACE

11/11/2019
Catholic leaders join groups that have filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the DACA program.
Brandenburg gate international - mail chimp.jpg WORLD REMEMBERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF BERLIN WALL

11/11/2019
Historic moment remembered by Catholics and others who suffered during decades of Communist dictatorship
IGC logo for mail chimp local story.png #iGIVECATHOLIC TO DEBUT IN DIOCESE OF ERIE ON GIVING TUESDAY

11/10/2019
New initiative to help parishes, schools, ministries
Mail chimp photo for national story.jpg UPDATE: AHEAD OF 2020 ELECTION, CAMPAIGN STESSES WHY CIVILITY IS IMPORTANT

11/04/2019
The public is encouraged to sign a "civility pledge."
2019-10-27_11-15-10_084.jpeg MEADVILLE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN VOCATION EVENT

11/04/2019
St. Mary of Grace Church hosts event for National Vocation Awareness Week
20190624T1246-150-CNS-AUSTRALIA-ADLIMINA.jpg U.S. BISHOPS SET TO BEGIN THEIR 'AD LIMINA' VISITS TO ROME

11/04/2019
Pope Francis will receive reports from bishops of every diocese.
IMG_2180 rotated.jpg PCC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PROVIDES INSIGHTS INTO HIS WORK ON BEHALF OF PA BISHOPS

11/04/2019
Eric Failing offers his take on serving in Harrisburg
IMG_2110a cropped.jpg SPEAKER SHARES DETAILS OF ENCOUNTER WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

10/29/2019
Word of Life event features David Mangan, partipcant in 1967
20191026T1357-671-CNS-SYNOD-FINAL.jpg CARING FOR COMMON HOME REQUIRES DEEP ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION, SYNOD SAYS

10/28/2019
Synod of Bishops for the Amazon recommends a "dialogue of wisdom."
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10/28/2019
Fordham Center on Religion and Culture event focuses on the changing demographic of the church.
IMG_1864.JPG HUNDREDS PARTICIPATE IN ERIE'S ANNUAL ROSARY WALK

10/21/2019
March reaches quarter-century mark
cq5dam.thumbnail.cropped.1500.844.jpeg A GROUP OF SYNOD FATHERS RENEWS THE 'PACT OF THE CATACOMBS'

10/21/2019
Following in the footsteps of some of the Council Fathers in 1965, a group of participants in the Synod on the Amazon goes to the Catacombs of Domitilla to reaffirm the preferential option for the poor.
20191021T1432-0080-CNS-LAGUNA-NEW-MEXICO-LORI.jpg LAGUNA PEOPLE ARE AN EXAMPLE OF PERSEVERANCE IN FAITH, ARCHBISHOP SAYS

10/21/2019
Baltimore Archbishop Lori highlights the "beautiful expressions of faith of the Laguna tribe."
teen3.png TEEN MASS: 15 YEARS OF CELEBRATION

10/21/2019
Worshipppers of all ages gathered to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the TEEN Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church, Erie.
IMG_9508.jpg POPE AT CANONIZATION MASS; NEW SAINTS "KINDLY LIGHTS" IN THE GLOOM OF THE WORLD

10/14/2019
Pope Francis canonizes five new saints
20191011T1400-30972-CNS-DEATH-PENALTY-ANNIVERSARY.jpg CATHOLIC MOBILIZING NETWORK MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH FORWARD PUSH

10/14/2019
Groups honors efforts of advocates
Rotated mission photo.jpg MISSIONARIES FROM THE DIOCESE OF ERIE SHARE EXPERIENCES AT RECEPTION FOLLOWING MASS FOR EXTRAORDINARY MISSION MONTH

10/14/2019
Local missionaries serve around the world
PCC.jpg ELECTIONS, CULTURE AND CONSCIENCE

10/14/2019
Eric Failing, executive director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, will speak at Gannon University
Jennifer Wallace (2).JPG JENNIFER WALLACE NAMED NEW PRINCE OF PEACE CENTER CEO

10/07/2019
Longtime CEO Joe Flecher set to retire
20191003T1028-30782-CNS-NEWMAN-CANONIZATION-US-REACT-1.jpg MASSES, TRIPS, WATCH PARTIES TO MARK CARDINAL NEWMAN'S CANONIZATION

10/07/2019
The canonization of Cardinal Newman focuses student attention on his legacy to higher education.
20191006T0504-190-CNS-POPE-SYNOD-MASS-1.jpg IN AMAZON, MISSION WORK CHANGED, BUT STILL MEANS ACCOMPANYING SUFFERING

10/07/2019
During the Amazon Synod and Extraordinary Mission month, the needs of the Amazon region are highlighted.
Fr. Mike and servers.jpg SERRA CLUB RECOGNIZES ALTAR SERVERS FOR DISCIPLESHIP

10/07/2019
Father Michael Polinek and the Serra Club encourage youth involvement in the church
St Francis parishes.jpg SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI'S LEGACY OF COMPASSION AND TRANSFORMATION

09/30/2019
Popular saint's message remains relevant for all Christians.
gannon ihack.jpeg '79 GANNON GRAD DONATES $1 MILLION TO CREATE CYBER LEARNING CENTER

09/30/2019
Alumni gift will benefit the Erie Comunity and student experience at Gannon University.
20190925T1031-30427-CNS-MOVIE-REVIEW-ABOMINABLE.jpg "ABOMINABLE" IS ANYTHING BUT

09/30/2019
DreamWorks' new animated film promotes prosocial values.
baptised and sent.jpg 'BAPTISED AND SENT': POPE DESIGNATES OCTOBER AS MISSION MONTH

09/30/2019
Mission month highlights Christian obligation to share the Gospel.
respect-life-program-2019-theme1-2800x1140-english-470.jpg 'CHRIST OUR HOPE: IN EVERY SEASON OF LIFE'

09/30/2019
U.S. bishops' committee on pro-life activities announces year long theme.
20190917T1332-30123-CNS-MASSACHUSETTS-BISHOPS-ENVIRONMENT_250.jpg MASSACHUSETTS BISHOPS URGE 'SUBSTANTIAL' STEPS TO PROTECT ENVIRONMENT

09/23/2019
BISHOPS REFLECT ON NATURAL BEAUTY IN THEIR STATE AS GOD'S GIFT
Irish plough championships.jpg WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PRAYER? IRISH ASKED AT PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS

09/23/2019
Irish Bishop uses agriculture fair for evangelization.
Fr. Chiera on the streets.thumbnail.cropped.750.422.jpeg A FATHER TO CHILDREN NO ONE WANTS

09/23/2019
Missionary Father Renato Chiera is moved to "see the face of Jesus" in children in crisis.
20190915 Holy Rosary Main Altar (002).jpeg OUR MOTHER OF SORROWS MEMORIAL INSPIRES PRAYER

09/23/2019
Parishes offer devotions both public and private
gannon pack.jpg GANNON UNIVERSITY HOSTS "SEND SILENCE PACKING" EXHIBIT

09/23/2019
Backpack exhibit aims to reduce stigma of mental illness
IMG_4998Rotated.jpg VOCATIONS DIRECTOR SUMMITS MOUNT KATADHIN

09/17/2019
Vacation provides mix of adventure, fellowship
20190909T1248-29855-CNS-BAHAMAS-PINDER_800.jpg UPDATE: NASSAU ARCHBISHOP ASSESSES POST-HURRICANE CHALLENGES IN BAHAMAS

09/12/2019
Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder reflects on the human toll of hurricane Dorian.
20190911T1149-29924-CNS-POPE-HUMAN-FRATERNITY.jpg ON 9/11, POPE GREETS VATICAN, MUSLIM LEADERS PROMOTING WORLD PEACE

09/12/2019
Pope Francis and Muslim leaders develop "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together
thumbnail (3).jpg ST. MARTIN CENTER EARLY LEARNING CENTER AWARDED PRE-K COUNTS PROGRAM

09/12/2019
Educational opportunities for preschool children are expanded through Pa. Dept. of Education Grant
Bishops on immigration.jpg PRELATES SAY FEELING OF STRIFE, ENMITY SIGNAL 'CRISIS OF COMPASSION'

09/12/2019
Cardinal O'Malley and Archbishop Wester reflect on the complexities of responding to immigration strife.
pope in africa.jpg POPE IN MOZAMBIQUE, MADAGASCAR AND MAURITIUS: JOY, HOPE AND RESPONSIBILITY

09/12/2019
Memories and messages marking Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius.
20190910T1417-29883-CNS-CHAPLAIN-SEPT1.jpg MEMORIES OF 9/11 ATTACKS LINGER FOR FORMER FIRE DEPARTMENT CHAPLAIN

09/10/2019
Annual anniversary creates time to pause, reflect
20190901T0935-246-CNS-POPE-NEW-CARDINALS.jpg NEW CARDINALS: POPE'S CHOICES STRESS DIALOGUE, CARE FOR POOR

09/05/2019
Pope Francis announces consisitory on October 5 to create new cardinals.
St Greg rotated.jpg CATHOLIC EDUCATION COLLECTION TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 14-15

09/05/2019
The second collection at all Masses will aid faith formation programs throughout the diocese.
Working_Credit_Dmitry_Kalinovsky_Shutterstock_CNA.jpeg WHAT DOES A JUST ECOMONY LOOK LIKE? ONE BISHOP REFLECTS

09/05/2019
Bishop Frank Dewane reflects on labor practices in light of Catholic social teaching.
perryconv.jpeg HOW THESE COLLEGE FRESHMEN FOUND THE FAITH THROUGH FRIENDSHIP

09/05/2019
College students find faith through community
Malthaner family 2019.jpg DIOCESAN CELEBRATIONS HONOR LONG-MARRIED COUPLES

08/30/2019
Bishop offers Masses in DuBois, Erie
National Story -Jesuits.jpg GREAT CATHOLIC MUSIC ONLINE SERVICE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ST. LOUIS JESUITS

08/30/2019
Music available prior to homecoming concert
20190823T1122-0098-CNS-AMAZON-FIRES-CELAM.jpg UPDATE: POPE, BISHOPS URGE ACTION TO SAVE BURNING AMAZON RAINFOREST

08/29/2019
Pope Francis and bishops speak out regarding global impact of wildfires in the Amazon
David Waggonner for 8.26.19.jpg NEW ORLEANS' WOMEN RELIGIOUS DONATE 25 ACRES FOR FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

08/20/2019
Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans use property devastated by hurricane Katrina for storm water control and flood management
Sustainable land use for cutlines 8.26.19.jpg UPDATE: SUSTAINABLE LAND USE URGED TO EASE GROWING THREATS TO FOOD, WATER

08/19/2019
Friars in formation make commitment to sustainable land use after service program in Appalachia and South America
ER0918-cover.jpg THE GRAND JURY REPORT: ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

08/14/2019
Bishop Lawrence Persico publishes letter to the people of the Diocese of Erie
20190807T1155-29390-CNS-WALK-FOR-WATER (2).jpg UPDATE: SCIENCE PROJECT HELPS TOWN IN KENYA

08/12/2019
Colorado girl's science project has worldwide impact
20170629T0756-1675-CNS-POPE-PALLIUMS.jpg TOBIN: LETTER REMINDS PRIESTS CHRIST'S 'JOY, HOPE' CONSTANTLY 'BORN ANEW'

08/09/2019
New Jersey Cardinal praises Pope Francis' letter of gratitude and support for priests
Local story CFNWPA-new-grant-2019 (002)_100px.jpg CATHOLIC FOUNDATION OFFERS NEW EVANGELIZATION GRANTS

08/08/2019
Funding available to parishes and diocesan offices for evangelization efforts. Deadline Sept. 20
CNSMEDJUGORJE-YOUTH-FESTIVAL (3).jpg VATICAN OFFICIALS AMONG CHURCH LEADERS AT MEDJUGORJE YOUTH FESTIVAL

08/07/2019
Pilgrims attend festival at site in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
CNS-JFK-AIRPORT-CHAPLAIN (1).jpg SPIRITUALITY JUST 'TIP OF ICEBERG' FOR AIRPORT CHAPLAIN ALWAYS ON THE GO

08/07/2019
Priest at JFK consoles, offers hospitality.
Faith Formation team_100px.jpg FAITH FORMATION: THE SEASON OF LISTENING HAS BEGUN

08/04/2019
A more in-depth look at the new members of the faith formation team.
elderly_hospital_100.jpg N.J. BISHOP SAYS SUICIDE LAW SHOWS 'UTTER FAILURE' OF GOVERNMENT, SOCIETY

08/03/2019
Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act which legalizes assisted suicide is a grievous offense and devalues human life.
CNS-CALIF-NOVENA-ABORTION-BILL_100px.jpg CALIFORNIA CATHOLICS URGED TO PRAY FOR DEFEAT OF MEDICATION ABORTION BILL

08/03/2019
RU-486 could find its way into college health centers if law is signed. Our Lady of Guadalupe is called upon to intervene.
CNS-VATICAN-LETTER-SILENCE_100px.jpg HUSH HOUR: SPIRITUALITY OF SILENCE IS A JOURNEY TOWARD GOD, PRIEST SAYS

07/31/2019
Capuchin priest gifts Pope Francis with icon of Our Lady of Silence.
Bonus story Just for fun-CNS-APOLLO-11-MOON-BORDERS_100px.jpg DID APOLLO 11 MISSION MAKE ORLANDO'S FOUNDING BISHOP THE BISHOP OF THE MOON?

07/26/2019
How will the Church provide for the faithful who inhabit the moon in the future?
International story 1 VATICAN-YOUTH-FORUM_100px.jpg YOUNG ADULT LEADERS GATHER FOR POST-SYNOD DISCUSSION

07/25/2019
Young adults keep momentum going after synod.
National story 1CNS-PUERTO-RICO-DEMONSTRATIONS_100px.jpg CHURCH IN PUERTO RICO OFFERS 24-HOUR PRAYER ENCOUNTER AMID PROTESTS

07/25/2019
Bishops call for prayer during time of instability.
International story 1_100px.jpg AS ETHIOPIA WORKS FOR REFORM, CHURCH TRIES TO SUPPORT PEOPLE IN MANY WAYS

07/18/2019
Catholic Church leads peace and reconciliation during transition and unrest in Ethiopia
National story 2_100px.jpg UPDATE: FAITH LEADERS DECRY ICE DEPORTATIONS, SAY ACTION CAUSES FEAR

07/18/2019
As Trump administration enforces immigration laws, Cardinal DiNardo emphasizes compassion and dignity
20190708T0737-28591-CNS-SHEEN-MIRACLE-APPROVED_100px.jpg WITH MIRACLE CONFIRMED IN SHEEN CAUSE, PLANS FOR BEATIFICATION CAN BEGIN

07/08/2019
Pope Francis has approved the miracle attributed to Archbishop Sheen and will move forward with beatification
Buzz and Flag20190625T1255-28221-CNS-IN-DEPTH-MOON-50_100px.jpg 50 YEARS ON, MOON LANDING STILL GENERATES A WISTFUL SENSE OF WONDERMENT

07/08/2019
Anniversary of lunar landing sparks excitement for future discoveries
20190704T1009-212-CNS-POPE-PUTIN_100px.jpg POPE MEETS PUTIN; TWO LEADERS TALK ABOUT UKRAINE, SYRIA, VENEZUELA

07/08/2019
Putin honors Pope Francis at meeting with gift of art
CNS-POPE-SEAFARERS_100px.jpg CALMING CONSCIENCES: POPE GIVES SEAFARER CHAPLAINS SPECIAL POWERS

07/03/2019
Priests ministering to seafarers now have permission to grant absolution which would normally be reserved for a bishop or the Vatican.
CNS-PEORIA-SHEEN-TRANSFERRED_100px.jpg ARCHBISHOP'S REMAINS MOVED TO PEORIA; SAINTHOOD CAUSE IS REOPENED

07/03/2019
Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a trailblazer who used television and ratio to evangelize the world, is finally on his way to canonization.
Kathleen Peterson 005_100px.JPG MEAN GIRLS ON THE SOCCER FIELD

06/29/2019
A commentary on female players using the soccer field to mock the Catholic Church and the culture of life.
CNS-VATICAN-ATHLETICS_100px.jpg VATICAN WOMEN'S SOCCER MATCH CANCELED AFTER PROTESTS

06/27/2019
Newly formed women's soccer team forfeits first match after opposing team members use their bodies to make a statement against the culture of life.
Content Evangelist.jpg ERIE BISHOP FEATURED IN NATIONAL PUBLICATION

06/27/2019
Summer 2019 edition of Content Evangelist focuses on communications and healing
CPA Awards.jpg NATIONAL HONORS PRESENTED TO DIOCESAN COMMUNICATIONS STAFF, BISHOP

06/27/2019
Team garners 15 awards from Catholic Press Association
National story 20190624T1202-28150-CNS-IPF-25-YEARS_800.jpg INSTITUTE HELPS PRIESTS, SEMINARIANS BE 'BETTER INSTRUMENT' OF GOD'S LOVE

06/26/2019
Erie priest among the instructors
DSC_1230.ajpg.jpg FAITH FORMATION: WHAT'S NEXT?

06/23/2019
An interview with Deacon Steve Washek
CNS-QUEBEC-SECULARISM-LAW_cross_100px.jpg QUEBEC GOVERNMENT PASSES CANADA'S STRICTEST SECULARISM BILL

06/21/2019
Residents and religious leaders shocked and saddened by new law limiting religious freedoms
CNS-CATHOLIC-YOUNG-ADULTS_kneeling_100px.jpg LISTENING, MENTORING KEY TO KEEPING YOUNG ADULTS, SAY CHURCH WORKERS

06/21/2019
Young adults need those who are 'radically faithful and committed to being fruitful' to walk with them and allow them to be part of the larger conversation.
CNS-POPE-PETROLEUM-CLIMATE_100px.jpg MITIGATE GLOBAL WARMING, SPARE FURTHER INJUSTICE TO POOR, POPE SAYS

06/15/2019
Pope speaks to a group of energy and oil executives, global investors, to encourage action to mitigate global warming.
Bishops vote CNS-BISHOPS-SPRING-MEETING_100.jpg BISHOPS APPROVE THIRD-PARTY REPORTING SYSTEM; TO BE IN PLACE BY MAY 31

06/15/2019
A system, approved by the USCCB, will be in place next year so that complaints against bishops could be made confidentially.
Barron presents-CNS-BISHOPS-DEATH-PENALTY_100px.jpg CHURCH SHOULD FOCUS ON GETTING 'NONES' BACK, BISHOP BARRON SAYS

06/14/2019
Bishops focus on reaching millennials and those who are no longer connected to a parish through the means of social media
DSC_0055.JPG ERIE SERRA CLUB HONORS OUTSTANDING DEACON, LAY PERSON, PRIEST AND RELIGIOUS OF THE YEAR

06/07/2019
Annual dinner at Gannon also launches new presidency for the organization
girls_walking_100px.jpeg 5,000 KM ON FOOT: THANKS BE TO GOD

06/06/2019
They walked for over 7 months, from Paris to Jerusalem, without a penny in their pockets. A pilgrimage in search of God, made up of encounters, the discovery of others and of self.
CNS-CONFESSIONAL-PRIVILEGE-IMPORTANCE_100px.jpg PROTECTING SEAL OF CONFESSION CALLED ESSENTIAL FOR CIVILIZED SOCIETY

06/05/2019
The seal of confession is integral to the sacrament so that the penitent may feel confident in entrusting their sins to the confessor.
At Trosly on May 16 2019.jpg 'WE ARE NEXT'

06/02/2019
Local representatives return to Erie after funeral of humanitarian Jean Vanier
CNS-POPE-GUADALUPE_100px.jpg FORMER ARMY SOLDIERS REUNITED AFTER 50 YEARS SHARE FAITH, MEMORIES

06/02/2019
Two veterans share more than their military experiences, they are connected by Our Lady of Guadalupe
CNS-KNIGHTS-UNIFORMS-CHANGE_100px.jpg COME JULY 1, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GET A NEW LOOK AFTER 79 YEARS

06/02/2019
Capes and plumed chapeaus will be replaced by jackets and berets for Knights of Columbus Color Corps
CNS 2-MIDWEST-STORMS-RESPONSE_100px.jpg CATHOLIC CHARITIES WEIGHING RESPONSE TO VIOLENT MIDWEST STORMS, FLOODING

05/24/2019
Bishop of Jefferson City asks for prayers and assesses the needs of residents affected by devastating storm on May 22
20190523T1126-26974-CNS-SURVEY-WOMEN-BIBLE-STUDY_100px.jpg SURVEY OF WOMEN IN BIBLE STUDY SHOWS THEY HAVE LESS STRESS, MORE PATIENCE

05/24/2019
Participants of
CNS-WHIMSICAL-WIGS_100px.jpg VIRGINIA WOMAN MAKES WHIMSICAL WIGS FOR CHILDREN EXPERIENCING HAIR LOSS

05/24/2019
Children suffering hair loss find joy in the gift of a crocheted wig from the Magic Yarn Project.
CNS-VATICAN-LAMBERT_100px.jpg VATICAN OFFICIALS SUPPORT CONTINUED CARE OF MAN IN VEGETATIVE STATE

05/22/2019
Church officials speak out in support of providing a French man in a vegetative state with basic nutrition and hydration.
Airport.jpeg ENCOUNTER

05/19/2019
Patrice Swick heads to El Paso for first-hand encounter with the border
CNS-OBIT-VANIER_100px.jpg A SAINT FOR OUR TIMES

05/19/2019
Vanier was a champion for people with intellectual disabilities and touched countless lives with message of love.
CNS-NY-SOLITARY-CONFINEMENT_100px.jpg NEW YORK RELIGIOUS LEADERS ENDORSE BILL TO END SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

05/18/2019
The Human Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act will seek to make change in order to protect an inmate's basic human dignity while protecting society
2 CNS-MEDJUGORJE-PILGRIMAGES_100px.jpg NOT RULING ON APPARITIONS, POPE ALLOWS PILGRIMAGES TO MEDJUGORJE

05/14/2019
Parish and diocesan organized pilgrimages to Medjugorje permitted with the understanding that no decision has been made on the authenticity of the apparitions.
DSC_0071.JPG CATHOLIC CHARITIES' ANNUAL FUNDRAISER CELEBRATES SUCCESSES

05/12/2019
Master gardener Michael Bailey receives Helping Hands Award
CNS-TENNESSEE-CLEMENCY-FORGIVENESS_100px.jpg AS EXECUTION LOOMS, CASE FOR CLEMENCY HINGES ON AN ACT OF FORGIVENESS

05/09/2019
A mother whose daughter was brutally murdered supports clemency for killer; from execution on May 16 to life in prison.
Petals 2-CNS-POPE-RAKOVSKI_100px.jpg POPE FRANCIS, THE CATECHIST, AND THE IRREPRESSIBLE JOY OF CHILDREN

05/08/2019
Children from Bulgaria receive their First Holy Communion from Pope Francis
20190408T1635-25718-CNS-ST-JOHN-VIANNEY-RELIC.jpg UPDATE: RELIC OF ST. JOHN VIANNEY COMING TO ST. PETER CATHEDRAL

05/03/2019
Chancery releases new details
DSC_0019.JPG GoERIE'S FACEBOOK LIVE INTERVIEW WITH BISHOP PERSICO NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

05/03/2019
Reporter Ed Palattella looks back over events of the past year
CNS-POPE-YOUTHS-DEAF_100px.jpg CHURCH NEEDS JOYFUL DISCIPLES, POPE TELLS YOUNG PEOPLE, DEAF ASSOCIATION

05/02/2019
Pope Francis said that the youthfulness and enthusiasm of young people in the church is a visible sign that Jesus "does not abandon his church".
20190501T1132-26415-CNS-KENTUCKY-DERBY-JOCKEY_100px.jpg JOCKEY MIKE SMITH, 2018 TRIPLE CROWN WINNER, RELIES ON CATHOLIC FAITH

05/02/2019
Triple Crown jockey says,
Sisters Phyllis and Mary honored11.jpg CATHOLIC RURAL MINISTRIES SISTERS HONORED

05/02/2019
Potter County Human Services salutes Benedictine sisters
DSC_0381a rotated.jpg TWO MEN ORDAINED TO THE DIACONATE FOR DIOCESE OF ERIE

04/27/2019
Kevin Holland and Joseph Petrone offer promises, surrounded by family and friends
CNS-SEP-JORDAN-BUSINESS.jpg NO LOANS, NO AID: JUST PALESTINIAN REFUGEES IN AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

04/26/2019
Former stockbroker empowers women, brings hope
20190423T1058-26162-CNS-CCUSA-HUKRIEDE-VOLUNTEER_100px.jpg VOLUNTEER GARDENER AT CRISIS MATERNITY HOME PROVIDES BALM FOR THE WOUNDED

04/24/2019
Catholic Charities recognizes Jana Hukriede for creating a community garden focused on helping young mothers in need.
20190419T1653-0139-CNS-POPE-FRIDAY-COLOSSEUM-100px.jpg '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.
Way of the cross-25632-CNS-POPE-VIA-CRUCIS-BONETTI_100px.jpg 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.
Prayer-CNS-NOTRE-DAME-REBUILD-100px.jpg 'WE WILL REBUILD'

04/17/2019
The fire at Notre Dame: A round-up of news and commentary
NEW-CATHOLICS-BOOTY-FAMILY.jpg MUSLIM FATHER, 'WANTING TO BE PART OF SOMETHING', JOINS CATHOLIC CHURCH

04/17/2019
From 'None' to Muslim to Catholic
Coach-CNS-CATHOLIC-MEN-METUCHEN-SHURMUR(1).jpg COACH GIVES POINTERS ON PRAYER, FAITH, TO CATHOLIC MEN

04/14/2019
Pat Shurmur, New York Giants head coach, spoke at Lenten gathering
CNS-ST-JOHN-VIANNEY-RELIC.jpg ST. JOHN VIANNEY RELIC HEADING TO ERIE

04/12/2019
Cathedral event planned for June 6
purple shirtCNS-JERUSALEM-KAMAR-CROSS.jpg 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.
arch.jpg AFTER UNREST AND ANGER, NEW WASHINGTON ARCHBISHOP WANTS TO REBUILD TRUST

04/08/2019
Calls D.C. 'home to the poor and the powerful'
20190401T1524-1769-CNS-girl POPE-EXHORTATION-YOUNG.jpg 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
01816_06032019.jpg SEMINARIAN JOHN HEPINGER ENCOUNTERS POPE FRANCIS

04/08/2019
'You get the sense of what a prayerful, loving man and pastor he really is.'
Rel ed Deacon Steve resizedP1020872.jpg RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS HONORED FOR SERVICE

04/08/2019
Faith formation director notes importance of their work
ER0918-cover.jpg 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
DSC_0445.JPG DIOCESE OF ERIE RESPONDS TO GARABEDIAN NEWS CONFERENCE

03/29/2019
Bishop Persico offers clarifications
20190327T0841-25378-CNS-VANCOUVER-DEACON-SEAFARERS_250.jpg BECOMING A SEAFARERS' CHAPLAIN WAS NOT EXACTLY HIS RETIREMENT PLAN

03/29/2019
Deacon ministers to thousands of men on coal and container ships
PA-68 (1 of 1).JPG THE WINNING STREAK CONTINUES FOR KENNEDY CATHOLIC

03/29/2019
Boys' basketball team captures fourth consecutive state championship
20190328T1314-25434-CNS-UNPLANNED-BRATCHER-JOHNSON.jpg ACTRESS WHO STARS IN 'UNPLANNED' THINKS FILM IS 'GOING TO CHANGE HISTORY'

03/28/2019
Film available at Tinseltown in Erie
VRCS logo cropped.jpg VENANGO REGION CATHOLIC SCHOOL ANNOUNCES NEW DEVELOPMENTS

03/28/2019
Schools to be reconfigured; new president hired
ING_19022_01199.jpg FAITH FORMATION INITIATIVE KICKS OFF ACROSS THE DIOCESE

03/21/2019
Brainstorming sessions provide new ideas
20190318T1349-25104-CNS-NEBRASKA-FLOODING.jpg AMID CONTINUED MIDWEST FLOODING, CATHOLIC GROUPS STEP UP TO HELP

03/21/2019
Diocese of Erie offers link for disaster relief
ING_19061_102731.jpg DIOCESE CONTINUES SAFE ENVIRONMENT PRACTICES

03/21/2019
All employees to secure clearances
rite of election.jpg CANDIDATES, CATECHUMENS CONTINUE FAITH JOURNEY

03/13/2019
More than 130 participate in Rite of Election
Kennedy Catholic FB 2.jpg EAGLE-EYED VISION: SVCSS FOCUSES ON THE FUTURE WITH NEW PARTNERSHIP

03/13/2019
Partners in Mission visits Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools
therapydog1.jpg THERAPY DOGS BRING PAWESOME NEW PARTNERSHIP TO ERIE'S ST. JUDE SCHOOL

03/08/2019
Therapy dogs help with reading, behavior
02 West Middlesex Church of the Good Shephard PC030065a-thumb.jpg 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.
20190223T1959-099-CNS-SUMMIT-PENITENTIAL-LITURGY_800.jpg BISHOP PERSICO REFLECTS ON THE ABUSE SUMMIT IN ROME

03/03/2019
Response is one of cautious optimism
Harper and Bailey-thumb.jpg ST. FRANCIS, ST. PATRICK SCHOOLS CELEBRATE 125th ANNIVERSARIES

03/03/2019
Milestone marked with special Masses, among other events
ypw_thumb.jpg YOUNG PEOPLE WHO CARE OFFERS SUMMER OF SERVICE, FAITH — AND FUN

02/24/2019
Grassroots ministry holds weekend and weeklong retreats during the summer and throughout the year
loftus_thumb.jpg #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
dietz2_thumb.png DIOCESAN EXPERTS ON CARDINAL NEWMAN CHEER ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMING CANONIZATION

02/13/2019
Vatican announcement follows confirmation of second miracle attributed to Newman
MayPraying.jpg 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
2018 CSW Logo_Book_Cross_thumb.jpg DIOCESAN SCHOOLS CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

01/25/2019
Events include with special Masses, open houses and activities that celebrate parishes, communities, vocations
S2SSlogo_thumb.jpg DIOCESAN SCHOOLS ROLL OUT 'SAFE2SAY SOMETHING'

01/23/2019
Program allows students, staff to anonymous report threats, concerns
stbernard1.jpg 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
financial transparency_sm.jpg DIOCESE RANKED NO. 1 IN PA FOR ONLINE FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY

01/18/2019
Annual survey took on urgency as dioceses face sexual abuse crisis
shelter.jpg SOME DIOCESAN PARISHES SERVE AS OVERFLOW HOMELESS SHELTERS

01/14/2019
Part of broader 'Our Neighbors' Place' effort at various Erie-area churches
prolifebreakfast.jpeg 41st ANNUAL PRO-LIFE BREAKFAST DRAWS 500

01/13/2019
Speaker Obianuju Ekeocha discusses 'ideological colonialism'
Better Homes Old Closeup (002).jpg 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
mundelein.jpg '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."
CESP (2).JPG 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
polinek.jpeg 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
20190102T2029-0556-CNS-BISHOPS-MUNDELEIN-RETREAT.jpg 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
liofycutout_thumb.jpg ERIE COUNTY CHURCHES OPEN FOR SPECIAL NIGHT OF CONFESSION

12/07/2018
Event aimed at encouraging people to return to the sacrament of reconciliation.
UC3_thumb.jpg BISHOP PERSICO, REPORTER MEET FOR 'UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS'

12/06/2018
Discussion centered on sexual abuse crisis
venangoboard_thumb.jpg VENANGO REGION CATHOLIC SCHOOL ASSOCIATION APPOINTS FULL BOARD

11/30/2018
Newly created Venango Region Catholic School moves forward
Neil and Marge100.jpg WARREN PARISHIONERS TAKE ALTERNATIVE TOUR OF MIDDLE EAST

11/21/2018
Gaining understanding through encounter
bishopusccb_thumb.jpg BISHOP PERSICO REFLECTS ON BALTIMORE GATHERING

11/18/2018
Believes bishops are moving in the right direction
staff at niagaras 100.jpg DIOCESE OF ERIE EARNS NIAGARA AWARDS

11/16/2018
Collaboration yields honors
peacewalk_thumb.jpg BISHOP PERSICO PARTICIPATES IN SILENT PEACE WALK

11/09/2018
Prayers offered for victims of sexual abuse
priestssq_thumb.jpg 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
170804-ERCD_Bishop_P-117_thumb.jpg AMERICAN BISHOPS BEGIN EFFORTS OF FASTING, PRAYER

11/04/2018
Efforts in response to sexual abuse crisis in the church
rainbow thumb.png DIOCESE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 500th CURSILLO

11/02/2018
Three-day retreat helps participants deepen their relationship with Christ
StMarys_thumb.jpg PASTORAL PLAN UPDATE: 'WELCOMING AND BELONGING' PARISH PROJECT INTRODUCED

10/29/2018
Plan focuses on four key areas of encountering Christ
BishopDinner_thumb.jpg BISHOP PERSICO MEETS, TALKS WITH AREA COLLEGE STUDENTS

10/28/2018
Discussion centered on Grand Jury Report
Bees.png DIOCESAN FIFTH-GRADERS GET CLOSE TO NATURE

10/26/2018
Event inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si´ encyclical
vicariate_thumb.jpg PASTORAL PLANNING CONTINUES AS FAITH FORMATION THEMES INTRODUCED

10/21/2018
Bishop Lawrence Persico to hold vicariate meetings this week
Kate Hennessy Promo photo 2_thumb.jpg DOROTHY DAY'S GRANDDAUGHTER SHARES LESSONS LEARNED

10/12/2018
Kate Hennessy's new book gives intimate view of this 'Servant of God'
Gender thumbnail.jpg DIOCESE STUDIES GENDER IDENTITY ISSUES

10/04/2018
More than 200 attend study days on gender identity
rosary_thumb.jpg BISHOP REQUESTS ROSARY RECITATION IN OCTOBER

10/01/2018
Letter follows request from Pope Francis
NuevaVida_thumb.jpg DIOCESE TO CELEBRATE WORLD MISSION MONTH IN OCTOBER

09/30/2018
Bishop Persico to celebrate Oct. 7 Mass
McCoy5-thumb.jpg FORMER NFL STAR McCOY VISITS ERIE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

09/28/2018
Erie native delivers message of faith, hope, encouragement
dreamstime_m_61823716_thumb.jpg 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.
SMCC thumb.jpg PA BISHOPS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT COMPENSATION PROGRAM

09/21/2018
Statement released in unison Sept. 21
bishop thumbnail, cns.jpg BISHOP PERSICO ASSUMES NEW ADMINISTRATIVE POST WITH USCCB

09/21/2018
USCCB grapples with sex abuse crisis; calls for help from laity
altar servers  st thumb.jpg ALTAR SERVERS RECOGNIZED

09/20/2018
Servers represented seven Erie-area parishes
IMG_9398thumb.jpg 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
safety doors thumbnail.jpg 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.
2015 nfp camp_004thumb.jpg NFP FAMILY CAMPOUT AND PICNIC BRINGS TOGETHER FAITH, FAMILY AND FUN

09/05/2018
Weekend event includes Mass, picnic and hike
VanSickle and Gramata cns body.jpg Faith Magazine Feature: A VICTIM, A BISHOP AND A PASTOR: THREE PERSPECTIVES

09/04/2018
Chaz Muth of Catholic News Service followed a victim of clergy sex abuse across the commonwealth as he met with his bishop and the pastor of his former parish
Thumb-BishopAtHome-028a.jpg BISHOP PERSICO CALLS FOR CREATION OF COMPENSATION FUND

08/30/2018
Committed to working towards justice for victims
IMG_6782thumb.jpg NEW SCHOOL YEAR BRINGS CHANGES TO DIOCESAN SCHOOLS

08/28/2018
Students will see new leadership, added security at some schools
IMG_6758thumb.jpg NEW ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINS FOR HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS THROUGHOUT DIOCESE

08/27/2018
Day filled with laughs, prayer and homework
thumbnail of videos.jpg CLERICAL SEX ABUSE AND ONE VICTIM'S JOURNEY

08/24/2018
Videos feature interview with Bishop Lawrence Persico
thumbnail of grand jury conference.jpg 'HUMBLED AND SORROWFUL,’ BISHOP WELCOMES RELEASE OF GRAND JURY REPORT
Bishop Persico pledges continued transparency in child abuse crisis
08/14/2018
PA Attorney General's Office releases grand jury report; Erie bishop pledges continued vigilance
IMG_8986_thumb.jpg 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
Washek Deacon Stephen thumb.jpg DIOCESE NAMES FAITH FORMATION DIRECTOR

08/07/2018
Deacon Stephen Washek accepts post
swantekmilestonemass_thumb.jpg MASSES CELEBRATE MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

08/06/2018
More than 80 couples attend a special Mass at St. George Parish in Erie
bishopdeaconmass_thumb.jpg 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
StPeter_thumb.jpg ST. PETER CATHEDRAL MARKS 125th ANNIVERSARY

08/06/2018
Bells ring in celebration of the mother church
Barbedwire_thumb.jpg BISHOP PERSICO CELEBRATES MASS AT SCI MERCER

08/03/2018
Two men baptized, four confirmed
USCCB.gif USCCB PRESIDENT ISSUES STATEMENT CONCERNING MORAL FAILURES

08/01/2018
McCarrick revelations cause
thumbnail bishop, cns.jpg REDACTED CLERGY SEX ABUSE REPORT MAY BE RELEASED BY AUG. 8
Erie bishop pushes for transparency
07/30/2018
PA Supreme Court orders grand jury report to be released with some names concealed until further review.
thumbnail_bishop.JPG 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.
nfp-2018-poster-en-2-page-0thumb.jpg TWO EVENTS CELEBRATED AT ST. PETER CATHEDRAL

07/24/2018
NFP Awareness Week and Humanae vitae's 50th anniverary noted
MusicOnTheHill2_thumb.jpg MUSIC ON THE HILL INSPIRES CROWD

07/24/2018
Concert sponsored by ministry for people with intellectual, developmental disabilities
SMCC thumb.jpg DIOCESE OF ERIE UPDATES ITS LIST OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURES

07/18/2018
This is the second update since names were first published in April
Anniversary Masses 2013 033 thumb.jpg COUPLES INVITED TO CELEBRATE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

07/18/2018
Registration now open
Lathan and Coletta.JPG TWO PRINCIPALS NAMED TO ERIE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

07/13/2018
New principals named to Catholic schools
dioseal. thumbnail.jpg PRIESTS APPOINTED, ONE RETIRES

07/09/2018
Bishop makes priest appointments
teachers listening.JPG TEACHERS TRAIN TO BE PRINCIPALS, LEADERS

06/28/2018
New principal certification program begins.
thumbnail_FLcloses.jpg CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER PRESENCE ENDS IN DIOCESE
News site launches upon newspaper closing
06/22/2018
FaithLife newspaper ends, but online news site begins.
thumbnail_bishop.JPG BISHOP PERSICO MAINTAINS COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY IN CHILD ABUSE CASES

06/22/2018
Bishop Persico pledges transparency in child abuse cases, despite court stay.
thumbnail_cpa.JPG DIOCESAN PUBLICATIONS WIN NATIONAL PRESS AWARDS

06/21/2018
Diocesan newspaper, magazine win awards.
thumbnail_ord2018.JPG DIOCESE CELEBRATES NEW PRIESTS

06/20/2018
Priests ordained for 13-county diocese
thumbnail_Serra.jpg Serra honors, clergy, religious, lay person

06/08/2018
Serra Club honorees
thumbnail_jub.JPG Sisters celebrate milestone anniversaries

06/07/2018
Many sisters celebrate jubilees in the diocese.
thumbnail_bishop.JPG 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.
thumbnail_PolicyUpdate.JPG 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
thumbnail_opioid.jpg 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.