The Benedictine Sisters welcomed six students from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, along...
Benedictines for Peace
Benedictines are the oldest religious order in the Roman Catholic Church. Born in late antiquity when marauding armies made all civilization vulnerable to violence, Benedictines adopted as their motto the Latin word "pax" (peace). The central teaching in the 1,500 year-old Rule of Benedict is that everyone, including every stranger, is to be welcomed as a blessing and treated as Christ.
Benedictines for Peace (BFP) carries the ancient quest for peace into contemporary times. As the peace and justice outreach of the Erie Benedictine community, BFP members advocate for nonviolence, social change and justice by direct action, prayer and bearing witness.
Benedictines for Peace was organized nationally in 1980 to bring Benedictines to a fresh recognition of their charism of peace. Initially, Benedictines and Cistercian communities formed local groups to address the issues of nuclear disarmament. Today, Benedictines for Peace groups address social justice and peace issues that are of local, state, national and international concern.
Erie Benedictines for Peace works collaboratively with local peace and justice groups, religious communities and universities to address many social justice concerns. Benedictines for Peace also maintains membership in like-minded national organizations.
Annual Good Friday Peace Pilgrimage
Christ is crucified today whenever and wherever hatred, violence and injustice prevail. Each year the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Benedictines for Peace members and others walk a contemporary Way of the Cross through Erie, ending at Mount St. Benedict Monastery—a 7 ½ mile pilgrimage. We stop along the way for contemporary stations at sites that symbolize the oppression being felt by people today.
Take Back the Site Vigils
Take Back the Site vigils, 15 minutes in length, are held at the site of any death in the city of Erie that resulted from an act of violence. We hold the vigils with the purpose of reclaiming the site for nonviolence with our prayerful presence. During the vigil we also pray for the loved ones of the person who was murdered and for the loved ones of the person who committed the murder. Family, friends, neighbors and those committed to being a presence for peace and non-violence take part in the vigils. The first vigil was held in November 1999 and the 38th one was held in April 2009.
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BFP in the News
The Easter season has begun. The scriptures tell us that Jesus, after rising from the dead, appeared to the disciples with the message, “Peace be...
Christ is crucified today whenever and wherever hatred, violence and injustice prevail. As part of the triduum, the Benedictine Sisters, along...
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Sister Colette Korn’s reflection at the...
Sister Mary Lou Kownacki received the Archbishop Oscar Romero Award from Mercyhurst University and Department of Religious Studies on a cold...
From A Monastery Almanac by Joan Chittister, OSB
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