"Creating a Community of Kindness – A Conversation” set for March 10

The public is invited to “Creating a Community of Kindness – a Conversation” on Sunday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Mercyhurst University’s Walker Recital Hall.

The forum is part of the local celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, and is cosponsored by Mercyhurst University Campus Ministry.

Moderated by Eva Mastromatteo of Erie News NOW, the townhall-style conversation will include brief reflections on the importance of acts of kindness by Sister Mary Herrmann, SSJ; Jenell Patton, Mercyhurst Campus Ministry; Sister Natalie Rossi, RSM; and Sister Anne Wambach, OSB. Audience members will then be invited to share their ideas on creating a community of kindness. The evening will open with Erie Mayor Joe Schember and Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper presenting proclamations and sharing their thoughts on acts of kindness, as well.

“Kindness is at the heart of who we are as followers of the Gospel and we are inviting everyone to think of how we treat each other and respond to needs as we work to create a community of kindness where we live, work, worship and socialize,” said Sister Nancy Fischer, SSJ, Director of the Office for Religious of the Erie Diocese.

The event is the focal point of this year’s local celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14 and a collaborative effort of Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Catholic Diocese of Erie. Lilly Broadcasting/Erie News NOW and Northwest Savings Bank are co-sponsoring the initiative.

The kindness message will be promoted throughout National Catholic Sisters Week via a series of public service announcements featuring prominent local community members, as well as a billboard campaign and distribution of BE KIND car magnets throughout the area.