The Benedictine Sisters of Erie had the pleasure of welcoming their neighbors from Benetwood Apartments for what has become an annual event: Evening Prayer and a special dinner ─ a simple celebration of friendship, faith, food and fun! This year, more than 60 residents were able to attend. “I love coming,” said Jean, one of the guests and a Benetwood resident for almost 19 years. “The sisters always make me feel so special!”
Sisters Audrey Berdis and Margaret Zeller had a wonderful week as volunteers at the annual SOME (So Others May Eat) Senior Summer Camp. The Summer Camp provides a vacation experience for senior citizens unable to afford a vacation.
Every month the members of the Independent Council on Aging (ICA) meet to report on the work they are doing with seniors and to be enriched by input from various speakers on topics of interest to seniors. The June monthly meeting, so much like each month’s meeting, held a special annual event: the conferring of the “Member of the Year” Award. Sister Patricia Hause was the recipient of this honor.
As is the tradition of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, the fourth Advent candle was placed by the community member eldest in rank, Sister Phyllis Weaver. This ritual was the start of the last Advent vigil and the beginning of the fourth week of Advent that is but two days long.
The Sunday Gospel tells the story of Mary making haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Both of them were unexpectedly blessed to be with child. Mary hastened to share that wonder with Elizabeth.
After six years of service as the Oblate Director, Sister Marilyn Schauble, also the Vocation Director, will now concentrate her energies on communication and work with women discerning a vocation to the monastic way of life with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. “These past six years have been a blessing for me. I have enjoyed working with these women and men who desire to associate with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie through the Oblate Way of Life.
Benedictine Hospitality is never lacking at Mount St. Benedict Monastery as was proven once again with the welcoming of more than 60 residents from Benetwood Apartments for the annual fall dinner. Benetwood Apartments, a community ministry that offers monastic hospitality to low income, elderly, and handicapped persons, is located on property adjacent to the monastery. The apartment building is a government subsidized non-profit facility administrated by Sister Patricia Hause, OSB.
L’Arche Erie is celebrating its 40 year anniversary and long-time Benedictine Oblate, Donna Carr, celebrates 40 years as a member. Donna was an original member of the L’Arche community founded in 1972 by Fr. George Strohmeyer and Erie Benedictine Sr. Barbara Ann Karznia who died in 1982. L'Arche Erie was the first L'Arche community founded in the United States.
“It was a great evening with lots of energy and enthusiasm,” said staff member, Sister Ann Hoffman, when describing the spirit of the annual Benetwood Christmas Dinner. Board members facilitated the happy hour and served the guests wine. Sister Pat Hause, administrator, and her staff extended the warm welcome and hospitality for which they are known. Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, prayed, “Bless our time together. Bless our lives together—the friendships we have made here at Benetwood . . .”
In keeping with a long-standing tradition, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie hosted their neighbors, the residents of Benetwood Apartments, for prayer and dinner. The residents and the sisters alike look forward to this annual evening to celebrate and enjoy the bonds of friendship. This year, the sisters on the Benetwood staff and the Benedictine community welcomed more than 65 guests from Benetwood Apartments. Benedictine hospitality insured that the evening was enjoyable as well as memorable.