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"Lent is about the holiness that suffering can bring. It is about bringing good where evil has been, about bringing love where hate has been. It is about the transformation of the base to the beautiful . . . . The point is that no one escapes suffering. It is part of the rhythm of life, part of the process of living. The question, then, is, for what are we willing to suffer?"
--Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life

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Emmaus Volunteer becomes Lady of St. Patrick
March 30, 2017

Long term Emmaus Soup Kitchen volunteer Kay Sauers was recently named a “Lady of St. Patrick” at a special induction service at Saint Patrick Church in Erie.

The Knights and Ladies of St. Patrick are a group of distinguished “men and women of all nationalities who have been recognized by the Bishop of Erie for their contributions to the community in the name and spirit of Christ Jesus.”

Kay has a list of volunteer experiences that affirm her new title as “Lady of St. Patrick,” one who is dedicated to serving the Erie community.
For 22 years, Kay has been involved in...

TBTS: Two children holding hands say it all
March 29, 2017
TBTS 3-28-17

Take Back the Site Vigil. Two children. One brown, one white. Holding hands. Is there any better reflection of why people come together for vigils that remember victims and family members, alleged perpetrators and their families, neighbors with neighbors longing to remove the mark of violence from their neighborhood?

The latest TBTS Vigil, organized by the religious women of Erie, brought out a gathering of people mourning the death of 42 year old Robert McCarthy, a recent homicide victim. In the midst of sadness there was again a plea for peace; there was again a reclaiming of a...

The Mount hosts "Be the Light" Leadership Team from Canisius College
March 27, 2017
Leadership Team with Sisters Mary Ellen Plumb and Marilyn Schauble

Thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Canisius College has been able to offer a special summer program to high school sophomores and juniors called: BE THE LIGHT YOUTH THEOLOGY INSTITUTE. The Leadership team for this endeavor recently came to the monastery for a retreat/training experience hosted by Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, and facilitated by Sister Mary Ellen Plumb.

“An authentic Christian leader is a pilgrim, an individual who claims their own spiritual journey and empowers others...

Global Sisters Report posts article by Sister Linda Romey
March 27, 2017

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. 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...

Erie's Next Mayor: Candidates respond to Voices of Faith -- TONIGHT
March 27, 2017

"Erie’s Next Mayor: Candidates Respond to Voices of Faith," a candidate forum, is being held at Mercyhurst University, the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center TONIGHT, Monday, March 27, 7:00 PM. "All nine mayoral candidates have been invited to address statements from representatives of four faith groups: African American Concerned Clergy, Inter-Church Ministries of Erie County, One Table: Erie’s Interfaith and Multicultural Bridge Builders, and Erie’s Women’s Religious Communities," said Sister Anne McCarthy, Benedictines for Peace Coordinator.

Read more at...

"40 Cans for Lent" Food Drive
March 24, 2017

As a part of their Lenten practice, families at St. George Parish are donating canned goods to Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

“We’ve encouraged each family in the parish to donate 40 canned food items during Lent,” said Knights of Columbus member John Curtin, who has been collecting and sorting the donations. “And we have about 2500 families registered at the parish so we might get a lot of food!”

This collection is part of a nationwide Knights of Columbus initiative called “Food for Families.” The Knights of Columbus Holy Trinity Council 4123, which is based at St. George Church, is...

FAIRVIEW CARES names Art House as 2017 Donation Recipient
March 22, 2017

The first day of spring brought with it an amazing donation of “wish list” items contributed by Fairview Elementary and Middle School students. From toothpaste to laundry soap, crayons to air dry clay, the Fairview School District’s families gave generously to this part of the year-long Fairview Cares campaign. Twenty-nine boxes filled with donated items at an estimated value of $2,000 were delivered by district teachers Alysabeth Mahood and Carol Elliott who explained that their Fairview Cares student leaders had developed several initiatives to encourage students to participate in this...

The Psychology of Poverty
March 21, 2017

“We’re learning about the history of poverty in our senior seminar course,” said Carly Glatz, a student at Gannon University who is volunteering at the Emmaus Kids Cafe as part of her course requirements. “This week we’re focusing on the interaction of poverty and health.”

The professor of the course entitled “The Psychology of Poverty” is sending students out into the Erie community to have firsthand experience working with people suffering the effects of poverty.

Carly and her friend Kristen Moore, another senior in the course, have been spending two days at the Kids Cafe...

Celebrate Benedict and "seed the future"
March 21, 2017

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 everything...

It all started with a chocolate cross
March 20, 2017

“It all started with a chocolate cross given to us March 8, first day of National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW),” Sister Marian Wehler of the Oil City Deanery Catholic Rural Ministry (CRM) recalled, “and we caught the bug.” In record time Sister Marian and her co-worker, Sister Tina Geiger, RSM, had planned an open house to celebrate their religious vocation, one as a Benedictine, the other as a Sister of Mercy. “We invited a few friends to help with the food and before long we had the multiplication of the ‘goodies’ with lots to share,” Sister Marian explained.

Friends, volunteers...

March Madness at the Kids Cafe and Gym
March 17, 2017

All across the country – in offices, schools, online, and yes, even in the Kids Cafe – people are filling out NCAA March Madness basketball brackets.

“Eleven of the children at the Kids Cafe filled out their brackets already,” said Sister Dianne Sabol, who runs the gym the children use. The child with the most correct guesses has the opportunity to win a gift card.

As the children came into the gym on March 14th, Sister Dianne reminded them of the opportunity to participate in the playful competition. “I won last year,” said one of the older boys as he walked in, “Remember,...