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Jubilee Day
September 22, 2018

Today, Saturday, September 22, was Jubilee Day for five Benedictines: (L to R) Sisters Dorothy Stoner, Mary Susan Hallstein, Janet Goetz, Susan Freitag and Marla Bleil. They renewed their monastic vows during a festive Evening Prayer for community members, family and friends. It was a day of rejoicing in gratitude for these sisters who celebrated a 50 year commitment to vowed monastic life.

"We are very grateful for our jubilarians and for all that they have brought to our community and to the world, especially their love for the monastic way of life," said Sister Anne Wambach,...

SONS of Lake Erie invite the Mayor to an Emmaus Fish Fry
September 19, 2018

Fish dinner on Friday is an Emmaus soup kitchen ritual, but on Friday, Sept. 14, it was a happening. Instead of baked packaged frozen fish, guests were treated to freshly fried Lake Erie walleye and perch by the SONS (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie.

“Once again, the SONS prepared a generous banquet,” said Sister Mary Miller, director. “Each guest enjoyed two large fish sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, and a dessert.”

A lot went into making this dinner possible. First, the SONS sponsored and officiated a...

September 19, 2018

Welcome to our Circle sang the children just as they do every day before they begin their classes.

Upwards of three hundred Neighborhood Art House (NAH) supporters joined the faculty and children to celebrate this year's Taste of the Arts. Many took advantage of the opportunity to mingle with the children who offered musical selections on piano or violin, described the various framed art pieces for sale, or demonstrated what they were learning in some of their classes.

Lisa Chinsky and Annalynn Shuttleworth, co-chairpersons, and the TOA planning committee, had...

BFP and Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions
September 17, 2018

Benedictines for Peace (BFP) is participating in Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions. Nationally over 2650 marches, actions, events and rallies are in process in all 50 states. This unprecedented campaign of grassroots activism calls for nonviolent action against racism, war, poverty, and environmental destruction.

“People across the United States are taking Campaign Nonviolence to the streets to end violence and injustices, and begin peacemaking,” said Dr. Ken Butigan, co-founder of Campaign Nonviolence and...

Liturgy A-Z: September 17, 2018
September 17, 2018

The topic of Liturgical Art is continued with this week's Liturgy A-Z posting. Every Monday Sister Karen Oprenchok will add a new entry on the particular topic at hand. In today's post she gives some very interesting background on icons. Click here to read A VERY brief history of icons, materials, and design.

Congratulations are in order
September 11, 2018

The Art of Healing Art Show is presently underway at the LECOM Wellness Center. Congratulations to the Benedictine Sisters who each had two photographs accepted into the show:

Sister Bernadette Sullivan: “A Taste of Spring” and “The Cross of Christ”
Sister Lucia Marie Surmik: “Wonder of Nature” and “Rush of Joy”

The art show put on by LECOM gives local artists a chance to display their work and give back to the community. All purchases from the “Art of Healing”...

Remembering 9/11
September 10, 2018

As we remember the heartbreaking events of 9/11, a tragedy that changed the world forever, we humbly turn to God in whom we place our hope and trust and renew our prayer for peace and nonviolence.

May my mind think no harm.
May my lips speak no harm.
May my hands do no harm.
May the children of tomorrow
bless the work I offer.

─Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB

New Feature on the Website: Liturgy A to Z
September 10, 2018

Liturgy A-Z kicks off today with its first entry. Topic: Liturgical Art. Sister Karen Oprenchok will be posting weekly. Every Monday will bring a new entry on the particular topic at hand. Today, September 10, Sister Karen shares some thoughts about Liturgical Art under the title: Strive after Noble Beauty.

If you want to know more about the why behind Liturgy A-Z click here to read the introduction. Sister Karen, a native Canadian, professed her first vows in 2017. Now...

A Vigil for Racial and Economic Justice after the death of Felix Manus
September 7, 2018

A Vigil for Racial and Economic Justice will be held at the Erie County Prison’s Work Release Facility, 450 E 16th St, Erie, PA on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm.

Felix L. Manus died after suffering an asthma attack while he was an inmate in the Erie County Prison’s Work Release program. He experienced the asthma attack on May 30 at his work site in Edinboro, was transported back to the Work Release facility in Erie and waited until an ambulance was called. He became unresponsive in the ambulance, never regaining consciousness, and died on June 11, 2018.

This 48 year-...

Annual Benetwood-Benedictine Dinner
September 5, 2018

“This is one of my favorite events,” shared Colleen, one of the guests who arrived at the monastery from Benetwood. “It’s always nice to be with the sisters and I always look forward to the prayer, delicious meal and dessert pies!” And thus began a very pleasant evening as the Erie Benedictines welcomed their neighbors from Benetwood Apartments for what has become an annual event: Evening Prayer and a special dinner ─ a simple celebration of friendship, faith, food and fun.

Evening Prayer in the chapel was followed by a festive meal in the monastery dining room. As the guests left...

Blue Coats Serving at Emmaus
September 5, 2018

Summertime: warm weather, lots of sun, plenty of time spent outside, children running through the fountain at Perry Square… it brings a different sort of energy than winter.

The same is true at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen: in the summertime, and even after school begins, the energy is high. To contain the vivacity, Erie’s “Blue Coats” Ray Humphries and Bruce Wayne (aka: “Batman”) are on site before, during, and after mealtime at the soup kitchen.

Nicknamed the “Blue Coats” by children, this group of volunteers typically work with the Erie School District to promote peace and...