Mercy Center for Women was founded in 1994 by the Sisters of Mercy in Erie. It was established to provide long-term transitional housing, counseling, education, and support services to women, empowering their mind, body and spirit.
This Year's Women Making History Ceremony was held Thursday, March 29 at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. In celebration of the Mercy Center's 20th anniversary, they chose not to honor the usual twelve, but twenty spectacular women making history. They chose the theme "Twenty Twenty Vision: Learn from the Past, Live in the Present, Look to the Future."
Over the past 20 years, there have been 248 women honored by this event. The event is held to recognize not only the well-known women in the area who do amazing things, but to highlight the unsung heroines - the women who quietly go about changing lives without any notice or recognition.
I spoke with Mary Catherine Hosack, an honoree of this event. When asked what message she would like to pass along to young women, she advised to always do what you can for others, even when someone may not seem receptive. A warm and caring smile may be all that you can give, and it may be just what someone needs.
The experience of being in the company of so many selfless women should inspire us all to serve others. Together we can all make a difference in our community!