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March 25, 2019

Create your own unique Easter Basket during this two-session opportunity to use naturally growing grass in your basket and vegetables to decorate the eggs. This class will be taught by Chris Bowler, former art teacher at St. Benedict Academy and Mercyhurst Prep, and a member of the Neighborhood Art House faculty.

March 28, 2019 & April 4, 2019
7:00—8:30 pm $30

REGISTRATION necessary. Click here to register on line or call (814) 455-5508. Your registration...

Prioress' reflections for the Feast of Benedict
March 22, 2019

Sister Anne Wambach’s reflections for the March 21 Feast of Benedict had an interesting twist. She touched on three contemporary artistic expressions of monastic life that, as she said, “may contribute, in their own way, to a greater awareness to our life as Benedictines.”

You may be surprised when you find murder mysteries in the company of illuminations and calligraphy along with a new pocket sized version of the Rule of Benedict titled, A Little Rule for Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality by Sister Joan Chittister. Click...

Global Sisters Report posts article by Sister Susan Doubet
March 21, 2019

In 2014 NCR (National Catholic Reporter) launched a reporting project dedicated to telling the stories of women religious around the world called Global Sisters Report (GSR). This groundbreaking project has built a global network of journalists to report the stories of sisters, their ministries and the people they serve. It includes columns by women religious and gives voice to sisters as well as recognition for the important work they do. In addition, sisters write commentary from their perspective.

A recent post by Sister Susan Doubet shares her reflections in an article titled,...

Celebrate Benedict and "seed the future"
March 20, 2019

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...

Golf Tournament plans being finalized
March 19, 2019

The planning committee for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie Charity Fundraiser Golf Tournament to be held Monday, June 17 at Lake Shore Country Club held a luncheon meeting at the monastery on March 19 to finalize plans. “We only have a few sponsorships left and then we’re sold out,” said Sister Mary Jane Vergotz, Director of Development. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the enthusiastic response to this first fundraising attempt.”

Click here for more information about the tournament.


Novice Kathleen McCarthy makes her First Monastic Profession
March 17, 2019

The first profession made by Novice Kathleen McCarthy at Vigil Prayer on March 15 coincided with the death anniversary of Benedicta Riepp, the young leader of the first Benedictine sisters in America who, with courage and fortitude, brought and adapted European monastic life to this new, emerging country. “The simple beginnings culminated with the establishment of 50 monasteries, including our own in 1856,” explained Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “What a wonderful day to profess a commitment that has been emulated by Benedictine women through the ages in the United States as a result of...

May God have mercy . . .
March 15, 2019

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie are appalled at the latest act of violence hurled against innocent people who were defenseless as they prayed to their God.

“We offer support and compassion to our Muslim sisters and brothers, especially to the victims and their families in Christchurch” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “We pray for God’s mercy and we hope that we will never lose sight of the human vulnerability that unites us as one family in this world that we share.”

As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we commit ourselves to be a healing presence and prophetic witness...

GE Donation to Emmaus Soup Kitchen
March 13, 2019

On the morning of Thursday, March 7th, GE union workers brought boxes of prepared sandwiches, oranges, and more to Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

The sandwiches were originally prepared for the GE union workers on strike but the night before, Wabtec and GE decided on a 90-day negotiation period so the GE union workers ended their strike. All the food they bought to continue feeding strikers, they donated to Emmaus instead.

Emmaus received over 300 already prepared sandwiches, 10 bags of frozen meatballs, 7 bags of prepared Sloppy Joe’s, boxes of bread, dozens of eggs, and oranges....

The Creation of a Community of Kindness
March 11, 2019

Creating a Community of Kindness was the topic. Mercyhurst University Walker Recital Hall was the place. Religious Sisters, Erie political leaders, and Mercyhurst staff gave the input. Erie News NOW and the Northwest bank were the sponsors. Sisters, friends and interested members of the Erie community were the audience. Put it all together and you have the makings of a conversation, panel discussion and sharing—and the creation of a community of kindness.

The initiative was part of the annual celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week planned by the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters...

2019 Spring Art Show: “In praise of . . .
March 11, 2019

The Chapter 57 Gallery is lined with new pieces to mark Women’s History month. The theme “In praise of…” 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 reasons to give praise and this group of women exhibits unique ways of speaking inner truths and experiences through an array of media types.”

The show opened on...

International Women's Day and NCSW
March 8, 2019

“Today is International Women’s Day,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “Here at the monastery we try to be mindful and celebrate women’s achievements each and every day.”

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8, which is now also the designated opening of National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW). Both celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.

Sister Anne continued: “The Rule of Benedict (RB...