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Reflection on Ordinary Time

Enjoy a few minutes of contemplation as you view the grounds of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. The liturgical season of Ordinary Time is a reminder that "contemplation is the center of the Christian life" (The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life by Joan Chittister, OSB).

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Meet an SBEC Employer:Goodwill Industries
June 30, 2016

Most of us know Goodwill as the place where we bring clothing and household items no longer needed. While that is true, the mission of Goodwill is much broader. “Most people think of Goodwill as a donation center. That’s true, but everything we do is about developing job skills.” comments Jeremy Dale, district manager for Northwestern PA/Northeastern OH. (Pictured are April Peoples, Manager Erie and Jeremy Dale) It is no wonder that SBEC has found a natural partner in Goodwill Industries.

Some of the program participants at SBEC are not quite ready for employment or have not yet...

Novices share NADI Experience with the Community
June 28, 2016

“NADI 2016 met its goal,” said Sister Karen Oprenchok, novice. “With Expanding Hearts was the theme of the Institute and we returned to our home communities with expanded hearts.”

Sister Karen, along with Sister Dina Lauricella, also a novice, and Novice Director, Sister Stephanie Schmidt, recently attended the annual Novice and Directors Institute (NADI) held at St. Benedict Monastery, St. Joseph, MN.

At an evening of sharing with the community, Sisters Dina and Karen explained how NADI provided an opportunity for novices and directors to meet, support, and learn about the...

Mark Your Calendar for the July 3 Enrichment Series
June 27, 2016

Come to enjoy a summer concert at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on Sunday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m. Duo Polaris: Kirill Kalmykov and Julia Haager will perform music for cello and piano.

This professional Calgary-based husband/wife duo will share a program inspired by their passion for travelling. It will feature chamber music masterpieces by the great European composers Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Manuel de Falla.

Selections of Schubert's most beloved songs as well as a vocal suite by de Falla transcribed for cello and piano will also...

First Awardee of ICM Scholarship visits the Mount
June 24, 2016

Inter-Church Ministries of Erie (ICM) established a "Moral Leadership Award" in the name of Sister Mary Louis Eichenlaub to honor her 20 years of service on the ICM board. As Diane Edwards, ICM Executive Director said so well: "Sister Mary Louis is an example of dedication and commitment. It is with great gratitude that we honor her in this most meaningful way."

The award, established in conjunction with ICM’s 40th Anniversary (1975-2015), provides educational scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership qualities. This year of 2016 marks the...

NAH Spring Review: Live, Love, Learn
June 22, 2016

Enjoy a look at the accomplishments of a number of Neighborhood Art House (NAH) students who participated in the Winter/Spring Session. Their creativity and achievements are a must see. Just go to the NAH web page to view a video and slide show and see the results of living, loving and learning.

At present, the summer session is in full swing. Fun and learning while exploring the arts abounds!

Benedictine Sisters benefit from PNC Foundation Grant
June 21, 2016

On behalf of the PNC Foundation, James Stevenson, PNC Regional President, made a visit to Mount Saint Benedict Monastery to present a $10,000 grant to the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. “We are pleased to benefit from the generosity of the PNC Foundation, a group with whom we share many of the same priorities,” said Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress, who graciously accepted the award which will be used to replace mattress sets and chairs. “Our gratitude is extended to Jim and the foundation for this grant that will provide new necessities for our sisters, many of whom work in the Benedictine...

A Time for Peace
June 20, 2016

Sister Joan Chittister is among 60 religious leaders invited to address the topic, “A Time for Peace: Rejecting Violence to Secure Human Rights” at the Carter Center’s Human Rights Defenders Forum, June 18-21 in Atlanta. The participants will be part of plenary discussions, arts presentations, workshops, tours and a keynote speech by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the topic “A Time for Peace.”

The Carter...

Fruits of the Spirit and Eastside YMCA stocks Kids Cafe store
June 17, 2016

Fruits of the Spirit (Left)
Emmaus Soup Kitchen was the recipient of the first harvest from “Fruits of the Spirit”, a garden ministry started by Stacy and Doug Buettner (photo) to provide food for families in need.

Mike Bailey, master gardener at Emmaus Grove, worked with the Buettners to create the new garden at Alliance Church of East Gore Road. The garden outreach is a branch of Shares of God’s Love, a non-denominational non-profit urban missionary group headed by Harold and Cheryl Shouse

Eastside YMCA stocks Kids Cafe store (Right...

A Tender Moment of Healing and Peace
June 16, 2016

“May all of us know peace, healing and the deep strength of our common faith,” prayed Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, as the community gathered for the celebration of the Sacrament of Anointing, a special part of the community's annual retreat.

The sisters companion those being anointed: sisters, oblates, employees, and friends. The sacrament is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength to those who suffer illness or old age. Anointing with the sacred oil is a sign of blessing by the Spirit. The sacramental anointing can inspire and comfort both those who are being...

Emmaus Volunteer Featured
June 14, 2016

Why do Kiwanis Club members Clarence Swahn and his wife, Helen, volunteer at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen? “The need for what we do is getting greater and greater,” explained “Buck” Swahn in a front page story in the Sunday Erie Times News (6-12-16) that featured service clubs in Erie. The Swahns and other member of Kiwanis have helped prepare and serve a meal at the soup kitchen once a month for over a decade. To read more, click here.


Record Group of Walkers and Runners for NAH 9th Annual Art&Sole
June 13, 2016

“Despite the threat of severe weather, nearly 350 of the 402 people registered for the 2016 Art&Sole 5k Walk/Run lined up for the 9:00 start time,” said Sister Annette Marshall, Neighborhood Art House (NAH) executive director. “The camaraderie was amazing and people were excited to get started at the blow of the horn.”

This annual benefit for NAH has become a favored event among Erie’s walkers, runners, and supporters of this Erie Benedictine ministry. The large group of participants included a number of sisters and oblates that walked, ran, or served as volunteer helpers....