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National Catholic Sisters Week a Success

Posted 3/31/2021

Catholic Sisters Week, a week dedicated to honoring women religious for their contributions, both past and present, to our communities, was held March 8-12, 2021.

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R- Sr. DonnaL- Sr. Sandy C- Sr. Margaret R- Sr. DonnaCatholic Sisters Week is also intended to broaden awareness of Catholic Sisters, whose lives and ministries often remain behind the scenes.

On the Ursulines of Toledo Facebook page, friends were invited to share how an Ursuline Sister has made an impact on their life. Here are some of the posts:

Pat Lees – “Thank you, dear Ursuline Sisters! I treasure my days at SUA (class of 66). I also attended St. John’s Point Place! So many of you have influenced my life… Sr. Stephanie, Sr. Maria, Sr. Elizabeth Marie, Sr. Gabriel, Sr. St. Dominic… I am grateful for all of you!”

Marilyn Ryan Errington – “Thank you sisters for my wonderful elementary education at Good Shepherd and St. Pat’s. I became a teacher because of your powerful influence.”

Mary Catharine Phillips – “Those of us fortunate to be educated by the Toledo Ursulines owe you a profound debt of gratitude. How many generations have been taught since they set foot in Toledo!?”

Anneliese Steele – “Wonderful teachers and wonderful women of faith!!!”

The Catholic religious sisters in the Toledo Diocese sponsored a “Challenge to End Hunger” by collecting non-perishable food items to benefit the Toledo Seagate Food Bank. As part of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Sisters in Sub-region 6 invited Associates and friends to come together during Catholic Sisters Week to help End Hunger.

The collection of food items was a collaborative effort to serve persons in need and bring much needed awareness to the current increase in food insecurity and underlying causes, such as the COVID-19 Pandemic, poverty, unemployment/under-employment, and inconsistent access to healthy food.

Sponsoring the food drive in Toledo were the Ursuline Sisters, Sisters of Notre Dame, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, Sisters of Mercy, Alma, MI, and the Sisters of the Visitation – prayerful presence. The food donated through the Ursuline Sisters was gathered at the Convent Offices and brought to Walt Churchill’s Market on Briarfield Blvd. in Maumee, Ohio, where a truck with filled with food items from all those participating.
The response to the Challenge to End Hunger was overwhelming! In all, Sisters, Associates and friends of the seven area women religious congregations collected 24,294 pounds of food that will be supplied to families in need throughout Northwest Ohio.
Thank you to all who helped make Catholic Sisters Week a success!