“Generosity is the attitude towards life that is the gift to the giver as well as the receiver . . . . It is important that we know why we give not only what we give,” said Sister Joan Chittister in her keynote address at the Annual Meeting of...
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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“May all of us know peace, healing and the deep strength of our common faith,” prayed Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, as the community gathered for the celebration of the Sacrament of Anointing, a very special moment during the community retreat...
The community is on retreat this week. Today we had Morning Prayer on the patio. "It was so beautiful ─ a perfect summer day of sun and gentle breezes," said Sister Helen Heher, the main planner. The community "circled round" and acknowledged...
Pendants and pins were the end result of a morning spent learning how to work with polymer clay. Oblate Jackie Burns offered instruction in the art of polymer clay creations. Several of the sisters, along with sister-residents of the infirmary...
In two consecutive editions of the Sunday Erie Times-News, reporter Liz Allen devoted her column to the Kids Cafe sponsored by Emmaus Ministries to generate interest in a fundraiser taking place this summer.
In “Feed kids and...
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