In an effort to have the opportunity to show a gesture of appreciation, a small group of individuals recently gathered to plan a community celebration to honor the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County and their 162 years of faithful and dedicated service.
The celebration is taking place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Queen of the World Church in St. Marys. The catalyst behind the event is in response to the recent announcement of the closing of the St. Joseph Monastery.
As part of a special Catholic Schools Week event to benefit the wider community, Elk County Catholic High School will be hosting a free concert by Catholic artist Lee Roessler on Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. in the school's auditorium.
Roessler was at the school four years ago for a youth rally and Campus Minister Fr. Ross Miceli explained that it seemed like a good time to invite him back and incorporate it into a community-wide event.
RIDGWAY â€“ Nicolas Dickant of Ridgway Township was recently awarded a Purple Heart for injuries suffered in 2011 while on a mission in Afghanistan.
Members of the United States Marine Corps were on hand Friday afternoon for the ceremony alongside various Dickant family members, many of whom have served the country in various branches of the military.
"With my family, a lot of us have a military background, cousins, my grandfathers, uncles, so it just seemed to be the thing to do," he said. "I always knew I wanted to do it."