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Marywood University Celebrates National Catholic Sisters Week

Prayer Service set for March 12
Marywood University celebrates National Catholic Sisters Week as part of Women’s History Month.  The first-ever National Catholic Sisters Week, sponsored by an organization of the same name, will take place March 8-14, 2014, and will be recognized on Marywood’s campus with a prayer service on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., at the IHM Center Chapel. 

Countless institutions across the country to include hospitals, schools, and churches would not have come into being or remained in operation were it not for the blood, sweat and prayers of Catholic sisters.  This March we recognize their widespread contributions.
The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) is a community of more than 400 Catholic women religious whose roots date back to 1845.  The IHM Congregation, which was founded by Theresa Maxis Duchemin, one of the four founding members of the Oblates Sisters of Providence, and Louis Florent Gillet, a Redemptorist priest began the IHM legacy of commitment and social responsibility, whose hand reaches into every facet of life to include: education, healthcare, social services/services to the marginalized, and pastor and spiritual ministries.

The IHM Congregation sponsors the following entities:  African Sisters Education Collaborative, Scranton, Pa., Catholic Health East, Newtown Square, Pa., Friends of the Poor, Scranton, Pa., Marywood University, Scranton, Pa., Mother Seton Academy, Baltimore, MD, Our Lady of Grace Montessori School and Center, Manhasset, NY, and Saint Joseph’s Center, Scranton, Pa.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded a grant to St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., to launch National Catholic Sisters Week during March in conjunction with Women’s History Month. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness of the contributions of women religious by highlighting their lives and legacies.
For more information on National Catholic Sisters Week please visit http://www.hiltonfoundation.org/horizons/entry/shining-a-light-on-catholic-sisters.

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