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Sister Joan Chittister to appear on “Super Soul Sunday” with Oprah Winfrey (OWN)
May 20, 2019

Air date: Sunday, May 26, 11:00 a.m. ET/PT

In this episode of "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah Winfrey talks with author and activist Sister Joan Chittister to discuss her newest book, The Time Is Now: A Call For Uncommon Courage (Penguin Random House).

In a powerful conversation, Sister Joan defines what it means to be a prophet in today's modern world and challenges us to combat complacency and apathy in our own lives. She outlines the key steps we can all take to lift America (and the world) out of its current state of polarization and political disarray....

From Potter and McKean Counties: SBEC Donors Outside Erie
May 16, 2019

Catholic Rural Ministry in the Erie Catholic Diocese covers 13 churches and seven pastors in Potter and McKean counties. Sister Phyllis Schleicher,OSB, and Sister Mary Hoffman,OSB, are a compassionate presence in the entire area, working at serving people in need.

The sisters, along with parishioners, are attentive to how they might help people in their area and Saint Benedict Education Center (SBEC), one of the ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. Aware of the needs of people in these two locations local parishioners attend auctions and household sales looking for the...

LCWR Social Media Campaign – Standing Against Racism—May 15
May 15, 2019

It is frequently easier to deplore racism and its effects than to take responsibility for the privileges some of us receive as a result of it. Key to dealing with white privilege is the courage to own it, and the willingness to learn to be accountable to people of color. – Margaret Alandt, IHM and Pat McClucskey, IHM


Click here to read Resolutions to Action in full.

Spring Sing at the Monastery
May 14, 2019

The chapel was full for the spring concert of the North East Choral Club (NECC) which was hosted this year by the Erie Benedictines and included selections by the Monastery Schola and Handbell Choir. Sister Marilyn Schauble, a member of the singing group and director of the monastery groups shared, “It was a wonderful evening. I was delighted that the schola and handbell choir could be a part of the program and excited to welcome NECC to our home.”

The concert’s theme was, “Spring Sing.” The first part of the program was a series of “oldies” (composed early to mid-20th century) that...

The Nonprofit's Guide to Homelessness Training
May 13, 2019

Emmaus social worker Rita Scrimenti found that a national training session on interacting with the homeless that she attended a few months ago at Erie County Blasco Library was extremely helpful in dealing with the low-income urban population that she serves. So helpful, in fact, that she wanted Emmaus Ministries and as many Erie non-profits as possible exposed to the “new insights, skills, and techniques” that she learned.

“It occurred to me at the time,” Rita continued, “that a resource of this magnitude could be a welcome and enriching opportunity for all Emmaus staff and many...

Spring Sing at the Monastery
May 13, 2019

Don't miss the annual North East Women's Choral Club Spring Concert: Spring Sing being held in the monastery chapel on Monday, May 13, at 7:00 PM.

Erie Benedictine, Sister Marilyn Schauble, is a member of the choral group.

There will be a special performance by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie Handbell Choir and the Monastery Schola.


LCWR Social Media Campaign – Standing Against Racism—May 8
May 8, 2019

“Resisting racism is the moral call of our time … So we are resisting on multiple fronts: always challenging our own inner ease with the prevailing culture; always analyzing law and public policy to demand better; always striving to overcome our own inertia and take what actions we are able.” – Sister Mary Ann McGivern, SL


Click here to read Resisting Mass Incarceration; Resisting Racism in full.

Treasures & Such Participant Store at SBEC is Bright and Beautiful
May 7, 2019

It’s been a whole new experience for shoppers at the Treasures & Such store since renovations were completed in autumn of 2017.

Volunteers recently put the finishing touches on the work by painting new shelving units and tables that were added to display more merchandise in the store.

The improvements made in late 2017 included new carpeting, newly painted walls, flooring for storage and stock rooms, LED lighting, window treatments, and new tables to display items for sale.

Sister Dorothy Stoner, coordinator of Treasures & Such activities, said the store’s new...

Joan Chittister ... Her Story, My Story, Our Story
May 4, 2019

The D’Angelo Performing Arts Center was full for the one woman play "Joan Chittister ... Her Story, My Story, Our Story" presented as part the Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series at Mercyhurst University on Friday evening, May 3. The play was written and performed by Teri Bays, a professional actress and performer from Arizona who explained, “It is about intersecting lives of women facing adversity, abuse and injustice.” The mothers of both Sister Joan and Teri were childhood friends who experienced domestic abuse as children. The play was well received and Sister Joan and Teri were...

Villa Outreach Day at Emmaus Soup Kitchen
May 3, 2019

Emmaus Soup Kitchen received an intense four-hour cleaning thanks to 13 students from Villa Maria Academy who chose the kitchen during the school’s annual service day. And by intense, we mean they scrubbed tables, chairs, windows, walls, fans, and even bathrooms. Some students also helped prepare the meal for the dinner by cutting up vegetables and preparing the chicken casserole.

The young women chose to serve at Emmaus on their Outreach Day with the intent to “have an impact on a local nonprofit,” as senior Gabby explained. Her friend Jessica chimed in, “We want to assist the food...

Blessed with a "Riepper"
May 1, 2019

After spending a month as an observer Katlyn Ward, a 24 year old college graduate and former AmeriCorps Vista volunteer from Lowville, NY, who has participated in mission trips to Nicaragua and spent some time in Morocco, was initiated into the Benedicta Riepp program on May 1. During the ritual Katlyn, a serious seeker interested in intergenerational living, expressed her desire: “I seek to journey with this community and live monastic life with [the Benedictine Sisters of Erie] for the next five months.” With the assurance of the...