What better day than Epiphany to extend welcome to a group of students from Canisius College who traveled from Buffalo to spend their Winter Break at the Mount. The "star" that led them was...
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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Have fun experimenting with different art forms while enjoying some wine and snacks with friends.
On the 20th of selected months throughout 2015, we’ll gather 20 adults to celebrate the 20th...
For the past year, the 40th anniversary of Emmaus Soup Kitchen was celebrated with a monthly drawing for soup kitchen guests. One or two lucky guests would have a chance at winning a variety of prizes like gift cards to local eateries, backpacks...
About 85 Cathedral Preparatory students erected a “box village” this weekend to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness in our community. The Cathedral Prep students also collected money for Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Cathedral Prep junior, Joe...
If you have not had time to check out the Erie Reader now may be your chance. In the month of December the Benedictine Sisters have made the news on two occasions. Sisters Mary Lou Kownacki, Anne McCarthy and Mary Ellen Plumb were interviewed...
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