Not only did Dominick’s 24 Hour Eatery serve a free Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings to 256 people, but they also remembered Emmaus in a special way. “Emmaus feeds the hungry every day; we do it one day a year,” said Bill...
About the Benedictine Sisters of Erie
A corporate commitment is a vision or goal that we agree to promote as a community and as individuals no matter where we are or in how many diverse ministries we might be engaged. The corporate commitment of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie is:As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we commit ourselves to be a healing presence and prophetic witness for peace by working for sustainability and justice, especially for women and children.
A charism is a particular way in which people respond to God's call. A community’s charism embodies the way the members carry out their mission and ministries. The Benedictine charism is:The Benedictine way is to seek God in the communal life and to respond in prayer and ministry.
Life as a Benedictine Sister of Erie is centered in community, following the Rule of St. Benedict under the guidance of the Prioress. We are vowed in the Catholic tradition promising with perpetual vows: stability, fidelity to the monastic way of life and obedience. A commitment to the common good and respect for each other support us in our search for God and nurture the bonds of community.
Prayer and Liturgy
As Benedictine women, prayer is central to our monastic life. The community gathers three times a day for the Liturgy of the Hours, the basis of our communal prayer. The festive marking of Sunday, along with the great feasts and seasons of the liturgical year, includes the celebration of Eucharist as well. Daily lectio divina, occasional reconciliation services, and various annual events complete the community’s liturgical life.
How does one keep fresh and alive the energy and joy of responding to one’s call to monastic life? The community’s commitment to continuing education – to our On-going Formation Program – is one way. This program is implemented through a series of regularly scheduled community meetings. The meetings focus on areas that will aid in our growth and development as human persons and monastic women in church and society.
Ministry is an integral part of monastic life. Inspired by the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict we respond to the needs of God’s people. We steward the gifts, talents and skills that have been given to us and extend them through service. Community and non-community ministries alike provide the opportunity for meaningful work that is consistent with our monastic commitment to glorify God in all things.
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Benedictines for Peace will sponsor a vigil, Justice for Immigrants, the first Friday of each month, until the Immigration law is passed. Friday, December 6, is the date for the...
The Burger King® Restaurants of Erie County will be hosting a fundraising event from Thursday, December 12th through Saturday, December 14th to raise funds and supplies for the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House (NAH).
"The generosity and...
At the first Advent Vigil the Advent wreath was blessed and the first candle was lit. In a darkened chapel, all sang: “True light of the world, Promised one from God, Holy Sign of Peace ─ O Come, O come!” The single candle shone brightly. It was...
The Church will celebrate the beginning of its Liturgical Year with the First Sunday of Advent on December 1. This season helps us understand that, “It is while waiting for the coming of the reign of God, Advent after Advent, that we come to...
Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus, has a special Thanksgiving prayer. It was given to her many years ago by the late Sister Augusta Hamel, former director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania. "'Gus,' as we called her, had...
The Benedictine Sisters of Erie trace our beginning to the Benedictine nuns at St. Walburg Abbey in Eichstatt, Bavaria, founded in 1035. Ever responsive to the call of God to serve others, three nuns were sent to St. Marys, PA, in 1852 at the request of Father Boniface Wimmer, OSB, to educate the children of the newly arrived German immigrants.
In 1856, Mother Benedicta Riepp brought five Sisters to Erie from St. Marys to teach the children of German settlers, establishing the first community of women religious in the Erie area. Sister Scholastica Burkhard was appointed superior of the new community. In 1859, three Sisters were sent from Erie to Covington, KY,, to begin a new community and in 1861 three Erie sisters traveled to Chicago, IL, to establish a community there. Both monasteries continue to be centers of Benedictine spirituality, hospitality and service to this day.
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