The School Sisters of St. Francis will host their annual Spring Festival from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at Mount Assisi Convent, Quaill and N. Balph Avenues along the Bellevue/Ross border in suburban Pittsburgh, Pa.

This special day of community and good will promises fun and food for the entire family. Highlights include bingo, raffles of Steelers and Penguins items, bake sale, plant sale, kids games, crafts, gift baskets, fun plush prizes, special marquee raffles, and a variety of great prizes.

Throughout the day, the air will be filled with the tempting aroma of scrumptious halupki and baked chicken dinners cooking in the kitchen. Patrons also can enjoy a variety of delicious a la carte items, baked goods and ice cream. Plan to bring the entire family and spend a special day with the Sisters. Parking and admission are free.

This event is the single largest annual fundraiser for the School Sisters of St. Francis, who have called the local community home since 1913. It is a day when Sisters from Mount Assisi are joined by their fellow Sisters from Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas, as well as alumni from the former Mount Assisi Academy to make the day possible.

All proceeds from the Spring Festival help to support the Sisters’ ministries for all ages, from the very young at Mount Assisi Academy Preschool, to caring for the elderly at Marian Hall Home. The youngest served is 3 years old, and the eldest is 100 years young!

Mount Assisi Convent, located just moments from the Bellevue/West View Exit of I-279 North, is conveniently nestled among the Bellevue, Avalon, West View, Ross, Emsworth, Perrysville and Brighton Heights communities. For more information or directions, call 412-761-6004.

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National Catholic Sisters Week in Western PA

“Be Inspired. Meet a Sister.” The Catholic Sisters of Western Pennsylvania are observing  National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) in a variety of ways that invite others to join us in our mission, as well as honor the dedicated services of all Sisters and bring attention to the needs of those served by Sisters and their ministries.  These activities include a Collaborative Food Drive and participation in Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Learn more about these activities HERE!

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The Many Faces of Human Trafficking

The PATH to Justice Committee of the Catholic Sisters Leadership Council is sponsoring “The Many Faces of Human Trafficking”  on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 PM atKearns Spirituality Center in Allison Park, PA.  The program shares the story of four victims who were trafficked in the United States.  A reception will follow and offer attendees the opportunity to connect with Sisters and others working to end human trafficking.  The program and reception are free to attend.  For more information, please call (412) 635-5426

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  An estimated over 20 million people in worldwide are victims of human trafficking. Between 14,500 and 17,500 women, children and men are trafficked in  the United States each year, according to the U.S. Department of State.  Victims are usually trafficked into the country from Asia, Central and South America and Eastern Europe, but United States citizens are also victims. 

“The Many Faces of Human Trafficking” is presented by the PATH to Justice Committee of the Catholic Sisters Leadership Council as part of their outreach to create awareness and address the global injustice of human trafficking. Their various efforts include working with local hotel workers and law enforcement to educate them on how to recognize and assist human trafficking victims, as well as billboards, radio spots, awareness programs and other outreach.  For more information about PATH to Justice, please visit http://www.pathtojusticepgh.com or call (412) 635-5426.  

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World Day for Consecrated Life & Open Houses

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the world­wide Church February 7-8, 2015. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.

Open Houses and Other Events 

February 2, 2015

Felician Sisters of North America will hold a special liturgy and a special evening prayer service on February 2, 2015.

February 8, 2015

School Sisters of St. Francis' Mount Assisi Convent (934 Forest Avenue, in Bellevue) will be open to the public Sunday, February 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments. 

Sisters of Divine Providence in the North Hills will host two open houses and receptions on Sunday, February 8.  The first will be from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and the second will be from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Both receptions will feature a showing of the Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America.

Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden will have a Mass at 10 a.m. in the motherhouse chapel on Sunday, February 8, followed by brunch in the Dining Room. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about our history and enjoy the hospitality of the Sisters.

Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities invite all to join them at Dwelling Place Convent (30 North Euclid Avenue in Bellevue) on Sunday, February 8, 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests will meet Sisters Amy Williams, Ann Bremmer, Donna Stephenson, and Suzanne Susany to see and hear more about how Catholic sisters today live, minister, and pray.

March 8, 2015

Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill's Lenten Vespers on March 8 begins at 2:00 in the gathering room at Caritas Christi. At 3:30, solemn vespers will be celebrated incorporating the SC Sisters Choir, invited instrumentalists, and the Sisters Hand Bell Choir. 

For more information, visit www.diopitt.org.  You can also follow the news about the Year for Consecrated Life on the diocesan Facebook page .


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Collaborative Food Drive

Beginning November 9th, Catholic Sisters in western Pennsylvania will kick off the Catholic Church’s Year of Consecrated Life by joining forces on their 4th collaborative food drive to help families in need.  Those wishing to join the Sisters in this charitable endeavor may bring a non-perishable food donation to one of several collection sites listed below. Suggested nonperishable food donations include: canned vegetables, soup, beans, tuna, etc; pasta (mac & cheese, hamburger helper), rice, baby food, formula, cereal, peanut butter, jelly/jam or sauces.

Sisters’ Food Drive Donation Sites


Felician Sisters of North America – Coraopolis, PA

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent, 1500 Woodcrest Avenue; Coraopolis, PA 15108

Sunday, November 9 – Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Donations go to Our Lady’s Pantry at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School

For more information, please call 412- 264-2890


School Sisters of St. Francis – Pittsburgh (Bellevue)

Mount Assisi Convent; 934 Forest Avenue; Pittsburgh PA 15202

Sunday, November 9- Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Donations go to Prince of Peace Parish and St. Paul Cathedral food pantries

For more information, please contact Sister Jeanne Marie Ulica, OSF at 412-761-6004 or jeanne_ulica@yahoo.com .


Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill – Greensburg, PA

Caritas Christi, motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity

129 DePaul Center Road; Greensburg, PA 15601

Donations go to Rendu Services.

For more information, please call 724-836-0406, x 613 or x622.


Sisters of Divine Providence - Pittsburgh (North Hills)

Sisters of Divine Providence; 9000 Babcock Boulevard; Pittsburgh, PA

(Please use collection bins outside Motherhouse)

Sunday, November 9 – Saturday, November 15

Providence Heights Alpha School will also be collecting this week

Donations go to North Hills Community Outreach

For more information, please contact Sister Betty Sundry at bsundry@yahoo.com


Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (Pittsburgh)

Holy Family Manor, 301 Nazareth Way; Pittsburgh, 15229

Monday, November 10 – Saturday, November 15 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Donations go to FOCUS Pittsburgh

For more information, please contact Sister Maria Kruszewski, CSFN at (412) 216-1594 or srmariak@yahoo.com


Sisters of the Holy Spirit – Pittsburgh

Sisters of the Holy Spirit ask that donations be given to St. Maria Goretti Parish’s collections sites in Bloomfield, Garfield and Friendship. For more information, please contact the parish at (412) 682-2354 or parish.secretary.smg@gmail.com.


Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Pittsburgh (Oakland)

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas will host food collection bins at their various ministry sites throughout the region, including Carlow University and Campus School. The Sisters have also requested that 23 parishes where they have served ask parishioners to extend their vow to “serve the poor” through a food collection.  Exact dates and times will vary.  Collections from Carlow will benefit The Intersection in McKeesport, PA.  For more information, please call (412) 578-6202.


Sisters of St. Basil – Uniontown, PA

Sisters of St. Basil Religious Gift Shop; 500 West Main Street; Uniontown, PA

Sunday, November 9 – Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Donations go to Rendu Services

For more information, please contact Sister Ruth Plante at 724-439-6180 or  srplante1@verizon.net


Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities – Pittsburgh (Millvale)

Mt. Alvernia; 146 Hawthorne Road; Pittsburgh, PA 15209

Monday, November 10 – Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Donations go to the Millvale Food Bank

For more information, please call (412) 821-2200 or maufheil@osf.org


Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God – Pittsburgh (South Hills)

Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God Motherhouse (Main Entrance)

3603 McRoberts Road; Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Sunday, November 9 - Sunday, November 16 from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

The Franciscan Child Day Care Center will also be collecting this week

Donations go to St. Winifred’s Food Pantry in the South Hills of Pittsburgh

For more information, please call (412) 885-7232


Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden – Beaver County

Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden; 1020 State Street; Baden, PA 15005

Sunday, November 23  from 9 a.m. – noon

Donations go to The Ladle in Ambridge, Beaver County

For more information, please call 724-869-6566



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Summer Convent Crawl

Curious about convents? Nebby about nuns?  Take a look inside during our Summer Convent Crawl, where women ages 18-40 visit with Catholic Sisters in their homes and convents.  During this 24-hour experience you will:

  • Discover firsthand how sisters; communities and ministries are making a positive impact in the world today.
  • Join Sisters for prayer.
  • Get to know sisters and ask questions.

When: Friday June, 6 @ 6PM - Saturday, June 7 @ 8PM


  • Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh (meeting place)
  • Sister of the Holy Spirit (overnight stay)
  • Little Sisters of the Poor (lunch & panel discussion:
  • Passionate Nuns of Pittsburgh (dinner & panel discussion)

Cost: FREE!  Just bring an overnight bag, a curious spirit, and an open heart.  In the spirit of service to others, guests are invited to bring a bag of non-perishable food items for those in need.

How to Sign-Up:

  • Email: prvc.info@gmail.com  OR
  • Call: (412) 821-2200
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