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NAH Students take a Spring Field Trip to Glinodo
April 29, 2016

Thirty-one very excited children, all students at the Neighborhood Art House (NAH), boarded a bus to Glinodo Center in Harborcreek Wednesday afternoon. Three were participants in Lourdes Jasso's digital photography class; twenty-eight were students in one of Sister Pat's environment classes. Their destination was Sevenmile Creek. "For some, this was their first time to see or be near a creek, and they couldn't wait!" said Sister Annette Marshall, NAH Executive Director.

The photography students started their adventure at the mouth of the creek where they documented the merging of...

Gathering of Benedictine Sisters 55 & Under
April 28, 2016
Sisters Katherine Horan, Cindy Hoover,  Lynn McKenzie (President of the Federation of St. Scholastica)
Sisters Cindy Hoover and Katherine Horan

Erie Benedictine Sisters Katherine Horan and Cindy Hoover were among a group of Benedictine Sisters, age 55 and under, who recently gathered for a weekend of input and relationship-building at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, IN. Participants came from monasteries within the Federations of St. Scholastic, St. Gertrude and St. Benedict, as well as from the Congregation of Perpetual Adoration and the Missionary Benedictines of Norfolk, NE.

The theme, “New Wineskins,” took shape in a number of presentations and discussion topics revolving around the importance of...

SBEC’s Mending Place helps make Gannon University Fashion Show a Success
April 27, 2016

SBEC’s Mending Place contributes to the success of “A Style for Every Story” Fashion Show at Gannon University

What do you get when you put two seniors from Gannon University and two seamstresses from Saint Benedict’s Education Center (SBEC) together? A success story of the best kind.

Cory Johnson and Will Atonfack, seniors at Gannon University, and their advisor, Carolyn Di Placido, solicited the expertise of Pabitra Timsina and Damanta Khadka, seamstresses from The Mending Place at SBEC to assist them in a major project....

Postulant Val reflects on Community Weekend with Sister Miriam Therese Winter
April 26, 2016

Postulant Valerie Luckey experienced her first spring community weekend and Sister Miriam Therese Winter all at the same time. She reflects on what she heard and wonders if she is ready to take the quantum leap. Read all about it in her blog: Walking in the Holy Presence.

Photo: Postulant Valerie Luckey enjoys a conversation with Sister Miriam Therese Winter during community weekend.

Miriam Therese Winter and Energy: The Pulse of Life, the Power of the Spirit
April 25, 2016

“You have invited us to let go of our uncertainties and be open to the new reality of a chaotic world,” said Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Monastic Formation Director, as she thanked Medical Mission Sister Miriam Therese Winter at the conclusion of her presentations during community weekend.

Sister Miriam Therese Winter, PhD, an award-winning author of books on biblical women, feminist ritual and quantum spirituality, was the guest speaker at the community’s annual spring community weekend. She is professor of liturgy/worship, spirituality and feminist studies at Hartford Seminary in...

EARTH DAY: CRM, Children and Laudato Si'
April 22, 2016

Sisters Marian Wehler, OSB and Tina Geiger, RSM see the enthusiasm of children for the earth and its people, especially those most in need. As part of Catholic Rural Ministry (CRM) in the Oil City Deanery they work with young people in the schools, parishes and religious education programs in Venango and Clarion Counties.

“We have been showing the students in St. Stephen School in Oil City, St. Patrick’s School in Franklin and St. Joseph School in Lucinda the Laudato Si’ animation videos prepared by CAFOD (the...

April 22, 2016 ─ Nationwide Prayer for Action on Climate Change
April 21, 2016

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22. It marks the anniversary of the 1970 birth of the modern environmental movement. As such, it gives voice to an emerging consciousness of the essential need for love and care of all people and all creation.

This year, Interfaith Power and Light is asking all people of faith to join in a nationwide prayer for action on climate change. Pope Francis has exhorted, over and over again, for “everyone to see the world through...

Poem in Your Pocket Day ─ Do you have a poem in your pocket?
April 21, 2016

On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

You can also simply send or text a poem to a friend.

What’s your favorite poem? Spread the word. Join in National Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Keep A Poem In Your Pocket
By Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

Keep a poem in your pocket
And a picture in your head
And you'll never feel lonely
At night when you...

Stop Motion Video: Peeps and Portals
April 20, 2016

Three Neighborhood Art House (NAH) students, Gerzayn Agilar, Nathan Martinez and Shane Work, took up the challenge from Villa Maria Elementary School to create a piece of art using Peeps. Together they produced a stop-motion video that they named Peeps and Portals. "This was no easy task," said Sister Annette Marshall, NAH Executive Director.

A stop-motion video is produced by taking a series of still pictures that, when shown in rapid succession, produce the appearance of motion. The boys had to first develop their story line and create the setting and props. They then...

April 21 is coming: Do you have your poem ready?
April 20, 2016

The Writing Studio, a new collective of women writers and literacy advocates, is the sponsor of Erie’s Poem in Your Pocket Day which will be celebrated on Thursday, April 21.

Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, coordinator of The Writing Studio which is located in Space to Create, The Studio at St. Mary’s, explains: “We believe in literature and words as a way to create dialogue between people.” Read all about it in the...

Light in the Night: Canisius College Women’s Spirituality Retreat at the Mount
April 19, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie hosted the Canisius College Annual Women’s Retreat for the 6th year with the help of Oblate Sarah Signorino, Associate Campus Minister at the college, and Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director.

“We have a longstanding relationship with Canisius that is very special to us,” said Sister Marilyn. “This particular event, while short, is an...