Chapter 57 Online

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Welcome to our new online store, a smaller version of our monastery gift shop, Chapter 57. Over the coming months, we’ll be fine-tuning your shopping experience as we experiment with different options and offerings.

Our initial online offerings include Mount St. Benedict Monastery t-shirts and sweatshirts, hand-crafted greeting cards, select artwork and music and prayer resources. Our first special offer is a set of four Worshipping Angel Cards: notecards featuring the stained glass angel windows installed in 1915 in the original Benedictine Sisters of Erie monastery chapel on East 9th Street in Erie. You can see them here.

If you would like to leave us brief feedback about our online store, please click here.

About our shipping fees

Our shipping and handling fees are added as a flat fee based on the dollar amount of your purchase. Please note that we ship only to addresses in the United States via the U.S. Postal Service and that we do not do priority or rush orders. We will ship orders at least twice a week so it may take longer for you to receive an order from us than it does to receive an order from other online stores.

If you live near the monastery you can pick your order up at the monastery at these times:
•  Between 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
   (Sundays 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
•  Between 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
•  Between 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
These hours are set to honor the prayer and meal times of the sisters who welcome guests at the front door of the monastery.

The Chapter 57 gift shop at the monastery carries a much broader range of artwork, gifts, cards and books than this online store. It is open on Sundays after liturgy, from 10:30 a.m. - noon, 6101 East Lake Road in Erie.

Questions about an online order? Email Linda or call Jo at 814-899-0614 ext. 2281.

About Chapter 57

The name of our gift shop comes from Chapter 57 of the Rule of St. Benedict, The Artisans of the Monastery: "If there are artisans in the monastery, they are to practice their craft with all humility, but only with the permission of the prioress or the abbot. If one of them becomes puffed up by skillfulness in the craft, and feels that they are conferring something on the monastery, they are to be removed from practicing the craft and not allowed to resume it unless, after manifesting humility, they are so ordered by the prioress or abbot. Whenever products of these artisans are sold, those responsible for the sale must not dare to practice any fraud. Let them always remember Ananias and Sapphira, who incurred bodily death (Acts 5:1-11), lest they and all who perpetrate fraud in monastery affairs suffer spiritual death. The evil of avarice must have no part in establishing prices, which should, therefore, always be a little lower than people outside the monastery are able to set, "so that in all things God may be glorified (1 Pt 4:11)."

Because we follow this Rule, you won't find our prices inflated. You can be sure that the proceeds from all sales helps to support our community and our ministries.

In the monastery we read from the Rule of Benedict daily. Join us here.