This conversation about kindness is part of the celebration for National Catholic Sisters Week.
Kindness is one thing that can bring people together and that is what prompted the panel discussion about creating a community of kindness. “I think that we have given our life to trying to do this and we hope that it is an example or model to others,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.
Sister Wambach was one of the panelists who presented their thoughts on kindness. She says listening is a key part of being kind. “If you hear what they’re thinking and what they need, it’s easy to be kind,” Sister Wambach added.
Mayor Joe Schember and Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper dropped in during the discussion to share what kindness means to them. “I try to be kind all the time and I try to get city employees to do that. I think it just makes life better,” said Mayor Schember.
Mayor Schember says the city of Erie needs more events like this that promote positivity and happiness.”I don’t think kindness is real hard you don’t have to study for it or get a doctorate to be good at it, just be yourself and greet other people,” Mayor Schember added.
Other panelists who were involved in the discussion include members from the Mercyhurst University campus ministry and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwest Pennsylvania.
National Catholic Sisters Week ends on March 14th and religious organizations aorund Erie will be having events to celebrate it until then.