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Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds: A Meditation

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance. ─William Sharp

See the beauty, hear the silence and enjoy the peace of Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds.

News and Events

Women's March in Erie
January 23, 2017

At the Women’s March held in Erie, one of the sister marches throughout the United States organized to companion the Women’s March on Washington, there were more than 2000 participants, far surpassing the expectations of the planners and showing the interest and support of the people of Erie.

Women, men and children gathered, marched and peacefully proclaimed the need to stand in solidarity for protection of women’s rights, safety, health, and families -- recognizing that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of this country.

Benedictine Sisters and Oblates were...

In Memoriam: Sister Maureen Tobin, OSB
January 21, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Maureen Tobin who entered into eternal rest on January 21, 2017. Please join us in prayer for Sister Maureen.





Benedictine Sisters and Oblates to Participate in the Women's March on Washington
January 20, 2017

On her way to the Women’s March in Washington with companion sisters and friends, Sister Mary Miller writes: “We stopped for a break on the PA turnpike and out of nowhere appeared all these beautiful women from across the country making their way to D.C. for the historic Women's March on Saturday.”

Tomorrow, January 21, 2017 women will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington standing together in solidarity for the protection of women’s rights, safety, health, and families -- recognizing that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of this country....

TreeCycling Event benefits Emmaus Ministries
January 19, 2017

What do you do with your Christmas tree after the holiday season is over?

The Millcreek Township encourages all residents of Erie County to recycle their trees by holding a “Christmas TreeCycling Event” at the Millfair Compost and Recycling Center. The Center's staff Jessica James and Judy Zelina, along with volunteers, help residents unload trees at the site. In exchange for services, the Center accepts monetary donations for Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, attended this year’s TreeCycling event. “By 9:30am, they had already collected...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18, 2017

January 18-25, 2017 is the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme chosen for 2017 is Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us (2 Corinthians 5:14-20).

Throughout 2017, join Christians everywhere in praying “that all may be one.”

Check Sister Marilyn's blog for the daily prayer for each day of the octave.

Canisius Students Complete Week of Service at the Mount
January 16, 2017

For seven students and their adult mentor, winter break meant a trip to Erie. Once again our relationship with Canisius College was made even stronger when the group arrived for an alternative winter break ministry trip.

The group lived at the monastery and worked with the sisters in various Benedictine ministries. Sister Marilyn Schauble, Director of Vocations, coordinated everything with Sarah Signorino, Campus Ministry staff member at Canisius College. “Canisius has been coming to the Mount for many years, even before I...

Celebrate the Ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 16, 2017

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15.

The Benedictine feast of Maurus and Placid, two of the earliest followers of Benedict, also falls on January 15. They believed in a new vision of life when few others around them saw its value, much like Martin Luther King, Jr., who shared a new vision of non-discrimination in a world plagued by segregation.

As Sister Joan Chittister says in A Monastery...

Global Sisters Report posts article by Sister Linda Romey
January 12, 2017

In 2014 NCR (National Catholic Reporter) launched a reporting project dedicated to telling the stories of women religious around the world called Global Sisters Report. This groundbreaking project has built a global network of journalists to report the stories of sisters, their ministries and the people they serve. It includes columns by women religious and gives voice to sisters as well as recognition for the important work they do. In addition, sisters write commentary from their perspective.

A recent post by Sister...

January 11, 2017

Spirituality & Health Magazine named Two Dogs and a Parrot by Sister Joan Chittister one of its Best Books of 2016, calling it “a favorite guide for walking the seeker’s path.”

The six books chosen were listed in the January/February 2017 issue. The review notes: “(a) deceptively simple set of lessons that our animal companions can teach us about living in this crowded world.”

Read the full review here.

Jerry's Lunch Bag
January 10, 2017

What’s in your lunch box? Jerry Gorniak, who sells Christmas trees in the area, brings his “lunch bag” to share with Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, each year around Christmas. This year, he walked into the soup kitchen with a rolled up paper bag, handed it to Sister Mary and said, “I’m here to share my lunch.”

Sister Mary, who knew just what was inside, laughed and thanked him and then unrolled the bag to pull out wads of cash.

As Jerry sells Christmas trees each year, he also sells branches of the evergreens and donates all the proceeds of the bows to...

Wise Women Also Came
January 9, 2017

Read Sister Val’s blog, Walking in the Holy Presence, where she reflects on Epiphany. Sister Val shares the poem: Wise Women Also Came by Jan Richardson as well as a “photo-journey” she and some wise women took on Epiphany afternoon. Clicking on the photos will enlarge them for better viewing.