Monday, August 6, 2007

Awards Weekend

A dozen community members traveled to Kansas City this weekend to be present at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) awards banquet where Sr. Joan Chittister received the 2007 LCWR Outstanding Leadership Award. Since its inception in 2003, LCWR has honored five women whose work and leadership have affected religious life for women in the United States. A DVD presentation and remarks by Sr. Joan highlighted the banquet for the 700 assembly attendees.

In Erie, prioress Sr. Christine Vladimiroff was the guest speaker at the 25th anniversary dinner for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania. Twelve sisters who have worked at the food bank or who served on its Board also attended the banquet. From 1982-1993 Sister Augusta Hamel, OSB, served as the food bank's first director and Sr. Christine served as the executive director of the Chicago-based national Second Harvest network before her election as prioress in 1998. This fall the food bank will move from its Ash Street location to Grimm Drive near 12th and Greengarden Blvd. The anniversary dinner was held in the just-opened Bayfront Convention Center built right on the shoreline of Presque Isle Bay in downtown Erie.