THEME: People in Today’s World Who Need Us
Saturday Mornings Elizabeth Seton Convent
A survey of members showed a preference for programs which would give information about those suffering or needy. We really began this during the previous year when our spring program was built around human trafficking. Women who extend love and opportunity to trafficked girls right in Pittsburgh
spoke to Conference members at that meeting.
March 18, 2017 Refugees
There were conversations with Sister Mary Lou Palas and Barbara Miller who work with the Osso family from Syria and with Sister Mary Clark and Sister Lorilee Ufolla who visit the Alrundaini family from Iraq. The Alrundaini family (parents and two small boys) spoke of their experiences as did Mahdi, an
Iraqi immigrant in the United states since 1982.
September 9, 2017 Persons With Disabilities
Jennifer Lowe who has cerebral palsy joined us to demonstrate her abilities and competence in spite of not being able to speak or walk. Jennifer is a former student of Sister Mary Jean Petrarca at the Pioneer School.
April 21, 2018 Homelessness
We were joined by three presenters who work to help the homeless in our area: Laura Vincenti, Executive Director of Family Promise of Southwestern Pennsylvania; Dr. Erik Garrett, Associate Professor of Communication at Duquesne University; Susy Robison, Director of Outreach and Volunteer Services of
the Homeless Children’s Education Fund.
Members of the Seton Conference have also purchased cards and participated in the “Free the Girls” effort for El Salvador.
Conference Leaders: Sister Mary Ann Corr (2018 – 2021), Sister Karen Cunningham (2016 -2018), Sister Brigid Marie Grandey, and Sister Patrice Hughes.