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Prioress' reflections for the Feast of Benedict: The Artisans of the Monastery
March 22, 2018

Sister Anne Wambach’s reflections for the March 21 Feast of Benedict and the Women’s Art Show currently on display in the monastery’s Chapter 57 Gallery share a common theme: the artisans of the monastery.

In her reflections Sister Anne notes that the artisans of the monastery “contribute greatly to the life, spirit and beauty of the community.” She also quotes Sister Joan Chittister’s commentary on Chapter 57 of the Rule of Benedict which says: “The function of the artist in the monastery is to make the transcendent visible… to touch the soul…to enshrine beauty so that we may...

Emmaus Congratulates Board Member on Romero Award
March 21, 2018

Mary Hoffman, board member and volunteer at Emmaus Ministries, was presented the 2018 Archbishop Oscar Romero Award by Mercyhurst University Department of Religious Studies on Tuesday, March 20.

She was honored for "her longstanding work educating and serving all of God's children - in our community and abroad - particularly those with special needs."

The Romero Award is named for the late archbishop of San Salvador who died from an assassin's bullet on March 28, 1980 or his outspoken and uncompromising commitment to the poor and oppressed of El Salvador. The Vatican...

Celebrate Benedict and "seed the future"
March 20, 2018

Benedictines around the world celebrate the Solemnity of Benedict on March 21. This day is the commemoration of the death of St. Benedict of Nurcia, the Father of Western Monasticism and author of the Rule that guides Benedictines to living in right relationship with God, self, others and the world. For Benedictine monastics the Rule answers the question: how are we to live life with meaning, direction and purpose?

As Joan Chittister remarks in A Monastery Almanac: “The life of this man whose ideals and the Rule have guided people for over 1500 years is clear proof that everything...

The Mount hosts "Be the Light" Leadership Team from Canisius College
March 19, 2018

Thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Canisius College has been able to offer a special summer program to high school sophomores and juniors called:BE THE LIGHT YOUTH THEOLOGY INSTITUTE. The Leadership team for the 2018 endeavor recently came to the monastery for a retreat/training experience hosted by Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, and facilitated by Sister Mary Ellen Plumb.

“An authentic Christian leader is a pilgrim, an individual who claims their own spiritual journey and empowers...

40 Cans for Lent
March 14, 2018

Chocolate. Facebook. Twitter. Meat. Sweets. Alcohol. Soda. During Lent, these are some of the most common things people give up.

Rather than solely fasting during Lent, the Knights of Columbus Council 4123 encouraged parishioners at their St. George Parish in Erie to donate a total of 41 cans, the equivalent of one item of food per day during Lent and one for Easter Sunday, to Emmaus Ministries.

"We ask you to please join in this opportunity to make a small sacrifice," said the Knights to their parish, "and turn it into a big difference in the lives of others."


2018 NCSW comes to an end
March 14, 2018

As National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) comes to a close on March 14, we realize that Sunday, March 11 will long be remembered by the more than 300 guests who came together at Mount St. Benedict Monastery to celebrate three sisters who were honored as part of the Erie recognition of NCSW: Sisters Marlene Bertke, OSB, Rita Brocke, RSM, and Mary Claire Kennedy, SSJ. These committed religious women were acclaimed for their many years of social justice work; they have set an example and a reminder that all are called to the work of peace and justice. “The turnout spoke volumes to all of the...

2018 Spring Art Show: "Creation"
March 13, 2018

The Chapter 57 Gallery is lined with new pieces to mark Women’s History month. The theme “Creation” is in celebration of women and their art in all forms.

“This year we are proud to exhibit the art of our Benedictine Sisters, Oblates and invited friends of the monastery,” said Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, manager of the monastery’s Chapter 57 Gift Shop and organizer of the show. “Our lives are filled with creation and this group of women exhibits unique ways of speaking inner truths and experiences through an array of media types.”

The show extends through April 29....

National Catholic Sisters Week Continues
March 11, 2018

The celebration and coverage of National Catholic Sisters Week continues through the 14th of March. Erie Times News reporter Dana Massing wrote a wonderful article about the sisters who were honored as women of justice: Their legacy has been changing their corner of the world. Now they’ll be recognized for it. Click here to read it.

Stephanie Hall, Director of Communications for the Sisters of St. Joseph NWPA recently wrote “As we celebrate Women Who...

Sister Marlene Bertke: A woman of justice
March 9, 2018

Sister Marlene Bertke, OSB, came to Erie in 1973 to be part of Pax Center for peace and justice, and later transferred from the Benedictine Sisters in Covington, Ky., to the Erie Benedictine community. She co-founded national Benedictines for Peace (BFP) and served as director of Erie Benedictines for Peace for 23 years in addition to other ministry: teaching at St. Benedict’s Academy, Erie, Pa., followed by ministry at Pax Christi USA, the Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM), and teaching English as a Second Language. She participated in protective accompaniment delegations to...

NCSW Billboards are up--have you spotted one yet?
March 6, 2018

Be on the alert for the National Catholic Sisters Week Billboards that are now showing throughout Erie. Special thanks to Stephanie Hall, Communications Director for the Sisters of St. Joseph NWPA for the design and Lamar Advertising Company of Erie for the fabrication. If you haven’t seen one yet, check them out at any of the following locations:

• 5604 West Ridge Road
• Sterretania Rd. north of I-90
• Glenwood park Avenue
• East 38th, near Davison
• Rt. 5...

National Catholic Sisters Week Events Include Honoring Three Local Sisters
March 3, 2018

Sisters Marlene Bertke, OSB, Rita Brocke, RSM, and Mary Claire Kennedy, SSJ, will be honored for their many years of dedicated social activism as part of National Catholic Sisters Week, on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at Mount St. Benedict, 6101 E Lake Rd. The public is welcome. The title of the event, “Women Who are Called,” reflects the local theme for National Catholic Sisters Week which is celebrated each year from March 8-14. The event will include a short video tribute to each Sister, produced by Lilly Broadcasting. Additional honors and a blessing also will be part...