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Resurrection changes everything

If resurrection changes everything, can it change me, can it change you?

Easter is an invitation to open our eyes to new life, to see what is and to envision what can be. Jesus, the human life of God, is let loose in the world to empower us to be resurrection . . . . Alleluia!

Click here to read an Easter message from Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress.

News and Events

April 25, 2019

A dozen local businesses and non-profits will be handing out free poems to customers and clients on National Poem in Your Pocket Day, Thursday, April 25, according to The Writing Studio, a women’s collective, that is organizing the event.

Local coffee shops (Embers & Forge, Brew Ha Ha, Tipsy Bean), the Erie Public Library, some local businesses and non-profits (Kraus Department Store, Pressed Bookstore, Emmaus Soup Kitchen, St. Benedict Child Development Center), St. Vincent Hospital and assisted living centers (St. Mary’s East, Brevillier Village, Springhill Senior Living) are...

LCWR Social Media Campaign—Standing Against Racism—April 24
April 24, 2019

To say that black lives matter is not to say that all lives don’t matter. To use St. Paul’s metaphor, it is to say that one part of the body is in pain and needs the attention of the whole body. It is to say that the whole body is not functioning, because the body is suffering from the disease of racism and white supremacy. That disease does not just impact people of color. It impacts the whole body. – Heidi Russell, 2018 LCWR Keynote Address


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Sister Pat Lupo to be interviewed about HECA on local talk radio show
April 23, 2019

On Wednesday, April 24, 5:00-5:30 pm, tune your radio to 1530 AM, 105.9 FM in the City of Erie and 103.3 FM south of Interstate 90 in Erie County. Erie environmentalists Sister Pat Lupo and Dr. Mike Campbell will be guests on The Joel Natalie Show to discuss Hold Erie Coke Accountable (HECA). This show is part of, a new voice that went on air in January, 2019.

TalkErie exists to change the...

Move-In Day
April 22, 2019

Surrounded by care; upheld in prayer. For Jacqueline Small the journey continues. Several members of the community lent a hand to welcome this postulant-to-be and help her move in. Jackie has been discerning a vocation to the monastic way of life with Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, and will soon begin her postulancy, the first stage of initial monastic formation.

In her Little Blog for Beginners, Jackie reflects on this next step in her journey. In addition to boxes and bags she...

Let us bow down and worship
April 21, 2019

Easter . . . . the earth is filled with Sacred Presence.

Excerpt from The Liturgical Year--the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life

. . . on Easter morning we find the tomb empty of death. We know the whole truth now; death is not the end, and life as we know it is only the beginning of Life. There is no suffering from which we cannot rise if we live a life centered in Jesus. It is the empty tomb on Easter Sunday morning that says to us, "You go and tell others. Now!" (Joan Chittister, OSB)

Everything on earth is filled with Sacred Presence. Let us bow...

39th Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace
April 19, 2019

Walk the Stations of the Cross with the Sorrowful Mother and Mother Earth was the theme of the 39th Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace sponsored by Benedictines for Peace (BFP). Its intention was to bring greater awareness to the suffering caused by climate crisis.

“The suffering already caused by climate crisis and the need for effective environmental action will be the focus of prayer and reflection at places where that suffering is evident in our community today,” said Sister Anne McCarthy,...

O God, Hear our Prayer
April 19, 2019

Tenebrae: a series of psalms and lamentations.

The candles of the Tenebrae candelabra are lit and then extinguished in order to denote the almost complete abandonment of Christ by the ones closest to him. Nevertheless, the unrecognized light of Christ is not destroyed, as the 15th candle gives evidence. In the midst of the deepening darkness, the light of this candle still shines.

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Guess what we did?
April 17, 2019

Benedictines cultivate beauty whenever they can – even in the art of Easter egg decorating. “There was nothing haphazard about the annual event organized by Sister Helen Heher,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, one of the egg decorators. “Every detail was attended to with care. It was so inviting that you couldn’t help but want to decorate eggs and create something beautiful.”

Eggs are symbolic of new life and for Christians decorated Easter eggs are a sign of Resurrection life and joy. “It was a fun evening,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “And just the beginning of more good...

LCWR Social Media Campaign – Standing Against Racism—April 17
April 17, 2019

In the 2018 Recommitment to the 2016 assembly resolution regarding systemic causes of injustice, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) made the following commitment: “We pledge to go deeper into the critical work of creating communion, examining the root causes of injustice and our own complicity, and purging ourselves, our communities, and our country of the sin of racism and its destructive effects. “– 2018 LCWR Assembly

Click here to read 2018 Recommitment in its entirety.


Holy Week Begins
April 14, 2019

Journeys Ended, Journeys begun--Lent draws to a close. Holy Week begins. The journey continues. Opportunities to accompany Jesus in the situations of our life and world surround us. Meaning is found in the willingness and courage to join the procession and uphold those in need. In embracing the brokenness in our world and in being a healing presence in our communities and our families, we can learn to live from the source of peace that we call God. The procession reveals; the journey teaches. Join the journey of Jesus in this week called Holy.

Journeys ended, journeys begun:...

ServErie at Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School
April 12, 2019

It’s hard to believe but Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School is already six years old. And after producing tons of food for guests at Emmaus, the garden beds began to show their age. “Replacing the beds was an ideal project for ServErie,” said staff member Breanna Mekuly. “On the first Saturday of April, volunteers pulled out over 20 old beds and built new ones, preparing the garden for the growing season.”

ServErie is a local organization that mobilizes thousands of volunteers to serve in Erie with the hopes of positively impacting the community. Their goal is to restore the...