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St. Benedict Education Center staff and participants volunteer with ServErie
August 15, 2018

ServErie is a nonprofit organization that takes on various local projects with the goal of making a difference in Erie.

This year six participants and three staff members from St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) volunteered for ServErie’s School Initiative Project at Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School. “Pfeiffer-Burleigh is SBEC’s neighbor as well as where many of the participants’ children attend school,” explained Kara Bauer, SBEC Program...

Thank you so much for your support through ERIE GIVES!
August 14, 2018

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for your support on Erie Gives Day.

We have learned that it takes generosity to discover the world through others. Your generosity tells us that you are willing to discover the world through the works and ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Emmaus Ministries, and the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House.

With your interest and help we are able, as scripture says, "to do immeasurably more than we could imagine" (Ephesians 3:20). We are grateful!

Erie Gives Day--August 14
August 13, 2018

On Erie Gives Day, Tuesday, August 14, a percentage match of your donation will expand your contribution to support:

• THE BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF ERIE
• services to guests at EMMAUS MINISTRIES Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Kids' Cafe and/or
• THE NEIGHBORHOOD ART HOUSE programming for inner-city children

The Erie Community Foundation is sponsoring Erie Gives to help local nonprofit organizations raise funds needed for their various missions.

Date: Tuesday, August 14
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Being in Communion: Standing Against Racism
August 11, 2018

Approximately 800 sister leaders from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) gathered August 10 on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis after reaffirming a 2016 resolution against racism as part of their 2018 annual assembly.

"In the presence of constant and painful reminders of the deep roots of racism in our country," reads the 2018 statement of recommitment, which echoes the wording of the 2016 resolution, LCWR pledges "to go deeper into the critical work of creating communion, examining the root causes...

Millennials and Monastics
August 8, 2018
Stephanie, Sister Anne, Sister Stephanie, Sister Val (Millennial and Monastic), Sister Ann, Sister Linda, Erin, Katie, Sister Mary Ellen, Jacqueline (Milliennial and Oblate)

Katie Gordon, a key player in the growing Nuns and Nones movement, recently spent a few days at Mount St. Benedict Monastery on the first leg of a research tour. A graduate student in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School, Katie is melding two interests, broadcast journalism (radio and podcasting) and spirituality, in her research as she visits communities of women religious to produce podcasts highlighting the stories of the foundresses.

“I left the Catholic church at 14 and that somehow freed me to seek...

Polka Fun at the Mount
August 5, 2018

Accompanied by the Mar-vels, a resident Polka Band of Erie, the sisters at the Mount enjoyed a morning of music and dance as part of the community’s leisure day. A grand time was had by all! Thanks, Mar-vels for making it, not only possible, but memorable!

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Novice Kathy turns wood with Sister Audrey
August 3, 2018

“The novice is given a choice of artistic experiences where she can learn something new, discover her creative spirit, and engage in beauty and meditation throughout the process. We call it ‘art as meditation,’” explains Sister Marilyn Schauble, novice director. “Monasticism has always encouraged the practice of the arts—from the illustration of texts to the singing of sacred chant, to tapestry weaving, sculpting, poetry and writing—and we want our new members to learn this tradition because it supports the development of a whole, healthy person.”

Novice Kathy McCarthy is finding...

Sister Joan Chittister at Chautauqua
July 31, 2018

Sister Joan Chittister returned to the Hall of Philosophy at the Chautauqua Institute on July 30 to open the Interfaith Lecture Series during the institute’s week on "A Spirituality of Work.”

Drawing from her book, Radical Spirit, Sister Joan explained the 12 steps of humility in the Rule of Benedict as an invitation to freedom, authentic living and the means to shaping a future that honors the common good.

The crowd was overflowing and the listening was intense as Sister Joan explored the need for work that will be a...

Sister Linda Romey speaks at Federation Chapter
July 28, 2018

Sister Linda Romey recently addressed the delegates, prioresses, councilors, and visitors gathered at Annunciation Monastery in Bismarck, ND, for the 2018 General Chapter of the Federation of St. Benedict. Click here to read all about it. Included in the story is a link to her latest article at Global Sisters Report. You can also access the article here.

Global Sisters Report is an independent and non-profit source of...

St. Mary's Restoration: with the help of a grant from ECGRA
July 25, 2018

“We live and work in the East side of Erie and we care about this area,” said Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, “and that’s why we were intent on preserving buildings like St. Mary’s school and using them for programs that revitalize the neighborhood. For that reason, we’re thankful for this generous grant.”

Along with supporting other East Bayfront neighborhood non-profits in Erie, the Erie County Gaming and Revenue Authority (ECGRA) granted $100,000 for Emmaus Ministries to purchase all new windows and install a new bathroom in the St. Mary’s building. The press...

Sister Valerie Luckey: Co-Winner of the ABA Essay Contest
July 22, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie are pleased to announce that Sister Valerie Luckey was selected as one of two winners of the American Benedictine Academy's Monastic Essay contest. This contest, which takes place each year there is an American Benedictine Academy (ABA) meeting, encourages scholarly research among newer monastics. Sister Val is a scholastic, the third stage of initial monastic formation.

Sister Valerie’s essay, "In the Way of Grace: A Young Monk’s Joy” explores the joy Sister Val has found in her monastic...

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