Mask-Masking at the Monastery
Mask donation

Even with stay-at-home orders in place due to the pandemic, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie are trying to find creative ways to stay connected to the poor of the city. Spearheaded by Emmaus Ministries board member, Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB, a group of Sisters have taken on the work of making masks to distribute at the soup kitchen and food pantry.

Postulant Jacqueline Small and Sisters Jen Frazer and Kathy McCarthy sew the masks, while Sisters Stephanie Schmidt and Beth Adams team with postulant Colleen Leathley to cut the material for sewing. On May 1, Jacqueline and Emmaus staff member Sister Valerie Luckey dropped off a donation of fifty-five masks, the latest of three deliveries coordinated since the beginning of the pandemic.

“One of the hardest parts of the pandemic has been feeling like there isn’t much we at the Mount can do to safely fulfill St. Benedict’s instruction that ‘you must relieve the lot of the poor.’ Hopefully, the masks can offer a little bit of protection and safety from the disease, and make the lives of the Emmaus guests just slightly easier. And I hope they can also be a reminder to the guests that they are cared about and prayed for,” said Jacqueline Small.

Photo: Jacqueline Small (right) presents mask donation to Marie Wolf, Emmaus staff member