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Rain and wind couldn’t keep people away from attending Pittsburgh’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday.
This year’s parade featured more than 23,000 participants including nearly 200 marching units, 17 bands, groups from Irish and other ethnic communities of Pittsburgh and floats.
According to the Post-Gazette, the Catholic Sisters of Western Pennsylvania, including the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, won Best Overall New Entry.
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Catholic sisters join Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade as first-time marchers
(Pittsburgh, PA – March 1, 2010) – Some 75 Catholic sisters representing 11 congregations of women religious from western Pennsylvania will be first-time marchers in Pittsburgh’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 13. They will be marching as the Catholic Sisters of Western Pennsylvania; the congregations are among those that comprise the Tri-Diocesan Leadership Conference representing women religious in the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Altoona-Johnstown.
Since the early 19th century, when sisters came to this area to work among our diverse immigrant populations, they have made great contributions at all levels of education, in healthcare, social services and parish ministry. Today, these congregations continue to be actively involved in traditional as well as innovative ministries, social justice initiatives and several collaborative ministries that fulfill their mission to serve the people of Western Pennsylvania and the needs of the times.
The sisters are marching in the parade as another way to connect with the people of the community. They drew their inspiration from the experience of the Sisters of Mercy, who were first-time marchers in the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York. “People were so excited to see the sisters and to be reminded of their service – it was simply an excellent way to re-connect with people who perhaps haven’t seen us in recent years,” one sister explained.
The Pittsburgh parade will include marchers from these 11 congregations:
  • Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh
  • Felician Franciscan Sisters
  • School Sisters of St. Francis
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
  • Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden
  • Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities
  • Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God
  • Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
  • Sisters of the Holy Spirit
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