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If resurrection changes everything, can it change me, can it change you?

Easter is an invitation to open our eyes to new life, to see what is and to envision what can be. Jesus, the human life of God, is let loose in the world to empower us to be resurrection . . . . Alleluia!

Click here to read an Easter message from Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress.

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Faculty Scholarship Display at Mercyhurst includes selections from Erie Benedictine Oblate/Professor
April 11, 2019

The work of Benedictine Oblate Mary Hembrow Snyder is featured in a Faculty Scholarship Display at Mercyhurst University (Old Main, first floor).

“In this current selection, our first display has selections from Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder, professor of Religious Studies and the director of the Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies,” said Dr. Alice Edwards, professor of Spanish and member of the Faculty Scholarship Committee.

Included in the display is the book: Joan...

Emmaus Soup Kitchen to enjoy Romolo Easter Chocolates
April 10, 2019

Two hundred guests of Emmaus Soup Kitchen will enjoy fresh chocolate and Peeps this Easter season, courtesy of Romolo Chocolates in Erie.

Owner and master confectioner, Tony Stefanelli, has been making chocolates with his family since he was a child. “I’ve tried doing a lot of different things in my life but I’ve always loved making chocolate. It’s part of who I am.”

Also a part of who he is: generous. As head of Romolo Chocolates, Tony donated 200 chocolate bunnies and 400 boxes of Peeps to the guests of Emmaus. “We...

LCWR Social Media Campaign—Standing Against Racism—April 10
April 10, 2019

"Our hope for a better future lies in the rise of a deeper commitment to anti-racist work by increasing numbers of individuals and groups engaged in consciousness-raising discussions examining white privilege, systemic racism, and racist practices which will lead to concrete actions for justice in solidarity with people of color." – Margaret Alandt, IHM and Pat McClucskey, IHM

Click here to read LCWR Assembly Confronts Racism and Religious Life (Volume 25, No 3 / Fall 2016)


Blessing of the Land
April 5, 2019

The Joyce A. Savocchio Opportunity Zone was the site for a Multi-Faith Blessing of the Land on April 4th. East side Erie residents gathered in the Joyce A. Savocchio Business Park. Benedictine Sisters were among those who joined the crowd to celebrate the purchase of the property from bankruptcy court by Urban Erie Community Development Corporation (UECDC), an affiliate of the Minority Community Investment Coalition (MCIC).

Gary Horton, Director of the UECDC, led the service which included moments of prayer and silence. Former Mayor...

Erie Coke Plant Community Impact Update
April 5, 2019

"I wanted to let you know that Hold Erie Coke Accountable (HECA) is partnering with the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) to update the public on Erie Coke's ongoing violations and the high stakes impact for Erie's quality of life and prosperity," shared Benedictine Sister Pat Lupo, an environmental educator at the Inner City Neighborhood Art House who is alsoinvolved in environmental advocacy at both the local and statewide level.

Hold Erie Coke Accountable (HECA) is partnering with the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) to update the public on Erie Coke's ongoing...

St. Jude Students Feed 5,000--Collection for Emmaus Soup Kitchen
April 4, 2019

“Jesus fed 5,000 people. Can we?” That was the Gospel story challenge that students at St. Jude Catholic School responded to during Lent… and the guests of Emmaus Soup Kitchen benefited.

For three weeks, the school was focused on gathering as much peanut butter and jelly jars as possible, making announcements over the loudspeaker and even chanting “Peanut butter jelly time!” three times a week. They created giant peanut butter and jelly “jars” made of poster board, a picture graph of peanut butter and jelly pictures showing their progress, and sent student collectors to each...

Peace, Saalom, Shalom
April 3, 2019

Just weeks ago the world was reeling from unspeakable violence done to a group of Muslims at prayer in the Al Noor Mosque in Christ Church, New Zealand. The victims numbered 42 in that location and eight more at a second mosque. Last weekend the Islamic Association of Erie hosted a vigil to remember Muslim victims of violence, both in New Zealand and around the world. The Erie community came together to express support and solidarity. Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB, who was one of the participants, said: "The vigil was a way to come together as a community to pray for victims of hatred and...

LCWR Social Media Campaign – Standing Against Racism—April 3
April 3, 2019

When Sister Anita Baird, IHM accepted the 2018 LCWR Outstanding Leadership Award, she spoke of Mother Theodore Williams, Servant of God Elizabeth Lange, and Venerable Henriette Delille:

"They and the women of color who followed them bore the heat of the day, the pain of racism, segregation and rejection. But they never despaired."


Stand Against Racism Social Media Campaign
April 2, 2019

At the invitation of the Global Concerns Committee of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), we, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, will participate in the Standing Against Racism social media campaign from April 3—May 15, 2019. The campaign was created to help facilitate thenresolution of LCWR to "go deeper into the critical work of creating communion, examining the root causes of injustice and our own complicity, and purging ourselves, our communities, and our country of the sin of racism and its destructive...

Gift of Self Light
April 1, 2019

A screened photo version of one of our chapel windows (Gift of Self Light) is on the inside front and back covers of the April Give Us This Day, a daily devotional filled with inspiring stories, art, and writings of extraordinary women and men across the ages.

This monthly publication from Liturgical Press is very popular among the sisters here at Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Erie. It includes morning prayer, profiles of saintly witnesses, Mass texts, reflections, and evening prayer.

The photo used...

New Book from Joan Chittister: The Time is Now
March 28, 2019

Joan Chittister has been a passionate voice for women’s rights for over 50 years. Called “one of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors” by Publishers Weekly, this rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice and fervent proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment draws on the wisdom of prophets–both ancient and modern–to help us confront the societal forces that oppress and silence the sacred voices among us.

Pairing scriptural insights with stirring narratives of the truth-tellers that came before us, Sister Joan offers a compelling vision...