NCSW--Kindness: Get in the Habit

As part of Women’s History Month, the first National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) was launched in 2014. The week of March 8 – 14 is intended to bring greater awareness to Catholic Sisters and to help them be made known and visible on a broad national level.

In celebration of the fourth annual National Catholic Sisters Week, the Erie Benedictines, along with all of the Catholic sisters serving in the Diocese of Erie, are joining a nationwide campaign to encourage people to be kind toward one another.

The message – “Kindness: Get in the Habit” – will be shared through billboards, television public service announcements, social media posts and other venues.

“Kindness is needed to counter the continued divisiveness seen throughout our country and even in the world,” said Sister Nancy Fischer, SSJ, vicar for religious for the 13-county diocese. “The kindness campaign is inspired by our Christian call to treat one another as we would hope to be treated.”

Prioress Sister Anne Wambach shared: “This campaign is an opportunity to make others aware of Gospel values. As Benedictine sisters we follow the Rule of Benedict with the Gospel as our guide. By acts of kindness we hope to motivate others to do the same.”

No act of kindness, however small, is wasted (Aesop). “A focus on kindness during NCSW calls attention to the ongoing work of sisters throughout the city of Erie and indeed, throughout the world,” commented Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director. “While we are grateful for the recognition and appreciation that NCSW provides, this kindness outreach allows us to encourage others to remember that kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see (Mark Twain). It’s not just what sisters do but what we all do that will make the world a better place.”

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