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Addressing Food Insecurity
April 11, 2017

There are many insecurities we face: weight insecurities, relationship insecurities, job insecurities… but have you ever heard of food insecurities?

Emmaus Soup Kitchen was a recipient of a project based on addressing food insecurities in the local Erie area held by three Gannon University Honor Societies.

Food insecurity, says the flyer Gannon students shared on campus and with their neighboring community, is “having inadequate access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. One in three people in Erie county seek assistance through food pantries, soup...

Journeys Ended, Journeys Begun
April 9, 2017

Journeys Ended, Journeys begun--Lent draws to a close, Holy Week begins. The journey continues. Opportunities to accompany Jesus in the situations of our life and world surround us. Meaning is found in the willingness and courage to join the procession and uphold those in need. In embracing the brokenness in our world and in being a healing presence in our communities and our families, we can learn to live from the source of peace that we call God. The procession reveals; the journey teaches. Join the journey of Jesus in this week called Holy.

Journeys ended, journeys begun:...

Stone with a Message
April 7, 2017

Something unusual happened at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen recently: A volunteer in the family dining room found Sister Karen Oprenchok and said: “There’s a new family here carrying a rock with a written message on it telling them to eat at Emmaus.”

When Sister Karen went to meet the family with four children, they were eating the meal with the other families. “Our church, Holy Cross in Fairview, has a special Lenten practice in which all parishioners took a rock with a message on it,” one of the family members told Sister Karen. Their rock said: “Eat an evening meal at the Emmaus Soup...

A dynamic woman named Miriam makes history
April 5, 2017

Sister Miriam McMullen-Pastrick was named among the Dynamic Dozen honored at the Women Making History 2017 annual event sponsored by the Mercy Center for Women and held on April 4. For the past 25 years 12 phenomenal women from Erie County have been recognized each year. Miriam is now counted among them because she, too, has made a difference in the lives of countless people.

“My passion is public speaking,” declares Miriam whenever she describes her life’s work. That life of dedication to communication has taken many forms through the years: high school forensics, speech...

Hold fast to hope, the fragile flowers shout
April 4, 2017

Read this story from Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB in which she shares why she has walked the Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace since 1980.

The story appeared in the April 7-20, 2017 print issue of the National Catholic Reporter.


20,000 miles away from home
April 4, 2017

There aren’t many women who travel 20,000 miles to become a “Riepper” but that’s exactly what Colleen Leathley, did. After spending a month as an observer Colleen, born in New Zealand and currently living and working in Australia, was initiated into the Benedicta Riepp program on April 3 with a simple ceremony. During the ritual Colleen expressed her desire to journey with and live monastic life with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for the next 5 months. With the assurance of the community’s support she pronounced and...

Registration open for 10th Annual Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk--June 3
April 3, 2017

Are you interested in walking or running for a great cause? If so, the Neighborhood Art House has just the opportunity for you! Register to participate as a runner or walker, as an individual, family or as part of a team using the on-line form or download a form to complete and mail to the Art House. There's a new opportunity as well, a 1k Fun Run for Kids open to children ages 6-12; it will begin at 10:00 am. If you would like to be part of the 10th Anniversary event, but not as a...

Making their own Emojis at the Kids Cafe
April 3, 2017

The children at the Kids Cafe recently had an opportunity to make their own emojis in a fun and creative way. Emojis are the small digital images or icons used to express ideas and emotions, most often while sending text messages.

After finding the idea online, Kids Cafe staff member Johnny led the children in an emoji-making activity. Using pieces of colored felt, glue, and scissors, the children then designed the emoji faces based on their current emotions, creative ideas, or favorite emoji icons.

“First we cut out the eyes and mouths and more,” said one of the children, “...

Cokie Roberts and Joan Chittister: In Conversation April 25 -- Free tickets available beginning April 3
March 31, 2017
Joan Chittister and Cokie Roberts

Acclaimed political commentator and author Cokie Roberts will join Joan Chittister, "In Conversation" in the 2017 presentation of the Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series at Mercyhurst University. The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets will be available to the public first come, first serve, beginning April 3 at the box office in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center, which is open noon to 5 p.m.

For more information call: 814-824-3000 or visit Mercyhurst University.


Emmaus Volunteer becomes Lady of St. Patrick
March 30, 2017

Long term Emmaus Soup Kitchen volunteer Kay Sauers was recently named a “Lady of St. Patrick” at a special induction service at Saint Patrick Church in Erie.

The Knights and Ladies of St. Patrick are a group of distinguished “men and women of all nationalities who have been recognized by the Bishop of Erie for their contributions to the community in the name and spirit of Christ Jesus.”

Kay has a list of volunteer experiences that affirm her new title as “Lady of St. Patrick,” one who is dedicated to serving the Erie community.
For 22 years, Kay has been involved in...

TBTS: Two children holding hands say it all
March 29, 2017
TBTS 3-28-17

Take Back the Site Vigil. Two children. One brown, one white. Holding hands. Is there any better reflection of why people come together for vigils that remember victims and family members, alleged perpetrators and their families, neighbors with neighbors longing to remove the mark of violence from their neighborhood?

The latest TBTS Vigil, organized by the religious women of Erie, brought out a gathering of people mourning the death of 42 year old Robert McCarthy, a recent homicide victim. In the midst of sadness there was again a plea for peace; there was again a reclaiming of a...