We had “Crafting Jewish” by Rivky Koenig to give away.

The winner was Susan Walk of Erie.

This week, we have a copy of "The Dawn of Christianity" by Robert J. Hutchinson to give away.

The 2017 book is subtitled "How God Used Simple Fishermen, Soldiers, and Prostitutes to Transform the World" and was written by the author of "Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth."

To enter the drawing, send your full name, address, city, ZIP and the keyword DAWN on a postcard to Faith, c/o Dana Massing, Erie Times-News, P.O. Box 6215, Erie, PA 16512-6215 or in an email to dana.massing@timesnews.com.

One entry per person please. Deadline is Wednesday at noon. Winner will be chosen at random from entries received.


Erie seminarians instituted into Ministry of Reader

Two men from the Catholic Diocese of Erie were among eight seminarians from Saint Vincent Seminary instituted to the Ministry of Reader recently.

John Hepinger and Joseph Petrone, both of Erie, can now proclaim the readings, other than the Gospel, at Mass and other sacred celebrations. The seminarians were instituted March 29 by Harrisburg Catholic Bishop Ronald Gainer at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica in Latrobe.

Hepinger is the son of Virginia Smith of Erie and the late John Hepinger. He is a 2009 graduate of Villa Maria Academy and received a bachelor's degree in theology from Gannon University.

Petrone is the sone of Joseph Petrone Sr. and Cheryl Petrone, both of Erie. He is a 2009 graduate of Iroquois High School and received bachelor's degrees in biology and philosophy from Gannon.


Church to host public forums on Erie's future 

A church is inviting the community to a series of public forums addressing Erie's success stories, challenges, politics and how they are shaping the city's future.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 4701 Old French Road, will host "Speak Boldly: Engaging Our Community" beginning this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and continuing weekly through May 31.

Different speakers each week represent field including education, fundraising, politics, law and religion. The lineup includes: Mike Batchelor, Erie Community Foundation president, April 26; Renee Gordon, Charter School of Excellence principal, May 3; David Kozak, Gannon University professor of political science, May 10; Elizabeth Hirz, first assistant district attorney for Erie County, May 17; Brian Polito, Erie School District chief financial officer and incoming superintendent with Bea Haburski, assistant superintendent, and Daria Devlin, coordinator of grants and community partnerships, May 24; and the Right Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, May 31.

“These are challenging times for the Erie area, and we see the series as a gift to the community by which people will have the opportunity to be engaged and informed,” says Craig Dressler, associate for parish life at St. Mark’s.

For more information about the series, call 868-9704.


We want to hear about your faith news

Is your religious organization marking a milestone anniversary, going on a mission trip or have other news to share?

Call Dana Massing at 870-1729 or email her at dana.massing@timesnews.com.

For anniversaries, she’ll send you a form to fill out so you can share your group’s 50th, 100th, 150th, 200th or similar significant year.

Requests for anniversary forms must be made at least three weeks before any celebratory events. Completed forms must be returned at least two weeks before events.

For mission trips, she’ll send you a form to fill out so you can tell people where you went and what you did. Completed forms must be returned within one month of the end of your trip. 


Readers' Reflections

How do books, websites or apps enhance your faith experience? Tell us the ones you turn to most.

Send your answer, in 100 or fewer words, to Readers’ Reflections at dana.massing@timesnews.com or in care of Dana Massing, Erie Times-News, 205 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16534. Include your full name, your congregation or religious affiliation or hometown, and your phone number. Answers must be received by April 23. Look for the answers on the final Saturday of the month. 

Have a question you’d like to see asked and answered in Readers’ Reflections? Send it to Massing for consideration. Questions should be faith-related and able to be answered by people of varying religious traditions. 


Staff report