The Benedictine Sisters of Erie celebrated the completion of an energy efficiency project. The LED retrofit lighting, supported through the generosity of a $25,000 Penelec Sustainable Energy...
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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The Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus presented Emmaus Ministries with a check for $900 in support of the soup kitchen following the Catholic organization’s 118th state convention that was held in Erie at the Ambassador Conference Center. The...
The 5th Nuns on the Bus trip will be in Erie on July 19, stopping here on the way to Rochester after leaving the Republican Convention in Cleveland.
The focus of this 5th Bus Trip is Mend the Gaps, Reweave the Fabric of Society,...
Ten women, including our two novices and postulant, participated in the Following the Path – Vocation Discernment Retreat held last weekend at Mount St. Benedict Monastery.
“I found myself profoundly grateful and very hope-filled...
Emigrants to Canada, Neil and Sharon Mosher know first-hand the challenges of moving to a new country. Yet, their own personal journey did not begin to prepare them for what they encounter as volunteers at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC)....
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