Benedictine Sisters of Erie Advent 2020
Benedictine Sisters of Erie Advent 2020
Benedictine Sisters of Erie Advent 2020
Benedictine Sisters of Erie Advent 2020

Special Announcement

CHRISTMAS APPEAL 2020
Dear Friend,
We are a people called to Rejoice, for unto us a Savior is born! There is much to be thankful for, and we are aware of the many people who provide hope to those around us. Our faithful supporters give strength and encouragement to us and our extended community. Can you help us with a financial gift this Christmas? With your help we can continue to address the vital issues of poverty, the climate crisis, peace and justice, and the rights of the most vulnerable, particularly women and children, even during this pandemic.
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Environmentalist Sister Pat Lupo contributes to document

Sister Pat Lupo collaborates on key watershed document

December 3, 2020

Award-winning environmentalist and co-chair of the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Association Sister Pat Lupo spoke at a press conference on December 3 in support of a PennFuture Initiative called the Common Agenda. Sister Pat has worked on this Initiative with about 40 others for the past six months and today the document, "Our Water, Our Future: A Common Agenda for Protecting Pennsylvania's Lake Erie Watershed" was released to the public.
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Benedictines for Peace

Condemning degrading speech

December 2, 2020

In a letter to the editor in the Dec 2 edition of the Erie Times News, Benedictines for Peace models for all of us our responsibility to call our elected leaders to accountability. A male member of the Erie City Council used language to degrade a female colleague and BFP joined others in holding him to accountability. "It's the way we talk to the other that determines how much peace we ourselves bring," writes Joan Chittister.
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Sister Carolyn's 100th podcast

Sister Carolyn's 100th podcast

December 2, 2020

Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski has posted her 100th podcast. This milestone episode is titled "Blessings" and includes a cameo with prioress Stephanie Schmidt. All Sister Carolyn's podcasts can be accessed here or on iTunes.

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Sister Katherine Horan

PNC awards Erie Benedictines $12,500 grant

December 1, 2020

The Benedictine Sisters are grateful for a PNC Charitable Sponsorship that will allow the community to "enrich the spirit during pandemic isolation" by facilitating online programming. "We were thrilled when Vickie Lampe, PNC's Vice President, Client and Community Relations Director, reached out to us about the possibility of receiving this grant," said Sister Diane Rabe, subprioress.
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Federation of St Scholastica Centennial Celebration

Advent reflections from Sister Susan Doubet

November 29, 2020

Sister Susan Doubet will offer weekly reflections during the Advent and Christmas seasons on the Federation of St. Scholastica Centennial page. The Erie Benedictines belong to the Federation, preparing to celebrate its centennial in 2022 with the theme, "Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding." Click below to access the page and Sister Susan's reflection.

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Abadia Trapista Nossa Senhora do Novo Mundo

Monastics around the world survive COVID-19

November 29, 2020

The newest newsletter of the Alliance for International Monasticism, U.S. Secretariat (AIM USA) features reflections on the effects of the pandemic on monasteries in nearly a dozen countries around the world. In addition to restrictions on personal contact that limits guests and pastoral service, many have lost sources of income. Erie Benedictine Sister Ann Hoffman is Executive Director AIM-USA.

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Emmaus Ministries participates virtually in Nuns on the Bus 2020 Tour

With so many events—large and small—adjusted, postponed, or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nuns on the Bus, an annual social justice bus tour sponsored by the Catholic advocacy group NETWORK, had to adapt as well. Prior to the coming national presidential election, NETWORK has organized a virtual bus tour to address issues that are part of the Catholic social justice agenda.

“Since Nuns on the Bus could not go on the road, they asked organizations like Emmaus to share how federal policies can affect the people it serves both for better and for the worse,” said Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus staff member. Emmaus submitted a video for the tour explaining policies important to its ministry in the city of Erie: support for food assistance programs like SNAP, the FEED Act which helps farmers get their food to the hungry without waste, expansion of the Affordable Care Act, and a call for a “housing first” approach to ending homelessness. “Each person and each family we meet at Emmaus is unique, but they all are harmed by policies that punish the poor. We call on the federal government to prioritize bills and laws that will allow for all, especially those most marginalized and forgotten in our society, to obtain their basic needs,” Sister Valerie Luckey, Emmaus staff member, shared in the video. (NOTE: Archive photos, pre-COVID-19, used in video.)

Emmaus Ministries (Erie) from Paul Marchione on Vimeo.