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Sister Anne McCarthy, Woman Making History

Sister Anne McCarthy addresses a rally for peace in Perry Square.

The Benedictine Sisters congratulate Sister Anne McCarthy on being one of the women being recognized this year at the Mercy Center for Women's Women Making History event on Monday, March 25, at the Mercyhurst University Performing Arts Center in Erie.

"As a Benedictine monastic, Sister Anne is guided by the gospel. Raised in a faith-filled and loving family, her more than four decades living with her sisters under the Rule of Benedict as well as the choices she has made throughout her life have made her the person she is today," wrote Sister Linda Romey when she nominated Anne for this award.

"Anne’s life is of a piece—her deep faith is nurtured by her life of prayer and her commitment to community and study which in turn feed her commitment to activism, to the work of peace and justice, to the sharing of spirituality which then impacts her prayer and community life. She couldn’t separate them if she tried. Her integrity and her values guide her even in the face of fear when she speaks out, steps up, and risks arrest for the good of others and the earth."    

We are also very proud to congratuate honorees Barbara Hauck, a Benedictine Oblate and instructor at the Erie Benedictines' Neighborhood Art House and Sarah Howard who is also an instructor at the Art House. We are grateful for their commitment and leadership in Erie, along with that of all the 2024 honorees, listed on the Mercy Center for Women website.

The event recognizes women in Erie County for the countless ways they impact and influence the lives in our community. They serve quietly and mirror the image of the Mercy Center mission. It is open to the public.