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Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds: A Meditation

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance. ─William Sharp

See the beauty, hear the silence and enjoy the peace of Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds.

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A legacy that challenges
January 25, 2019

"The King Legacy: Making a Difference" was the theme of the seventh annual MLK, Jr. community breakfast at Clarion University, Clarion, on January 21, 2019. Sister Marian Wehler, OSB and Sister Tina Geiger, RSM, Co-Directors of Catholic Rural Ministry in the surrounding counties, were guest speakers.

Using verses from We Shall Overcome, the key anthem of the 1950/60s Civil Rights Movement, Sister Marian compared that movement to today’s "Black Lives Matter" Movement. She shared how Dr. King dealt with the anger he felt...

Poetry Grant will make Poems on State Street possible
January 24, 2019

The Writing Studio at Saint Mary’s: A Space to Create, directed by Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, aims to bring beauty and poetry to the people of Erie. A $2500 grant from Erie Arts and Culture, which was awarded in December, will enable the Studio to begin a new project, a permanent art installation called Poems on State Street. This spring and summer, the funding from the grant will be used to pay local artists to beautify the busy sidewalks that line State Street by...

The People's Supper
January 23, 2019

Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, was one of 80 people included in Erie’s inaugural The People’s Supper, “a national initiative designed to bring diverse groups together through a series of shared meals.”

“I’ve never been in a more diverse group of people committed to the same cause: to making Erie a better, more loving city,” she said.

The People’s Supper focuses on bringing together neighbors in a community to first get to know one another and then build relationships. Organizers of The People’s Supper hope that this will bring about neighborly trust and...

Novice moving forward
January 22, 2019

Novice Kathleen McCarthy will be moving forward into the third stage of initial monastic formation: the Scholasticate. Each stage of initial formation is accompanied by continued vocation discernment. Discernment led Sister Kathleen to request first monastic profession and continue her journey of seeking God in community with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. With the blessing of Novice Director, Sister Marilyn Schauble, the Prioress, Sister Anne Wambach, the monastic council and community, Sister Kathleen will profess first monastic vows in the near future at a date to be decided.


Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 21, 2019

Martin Luther King Day honors the vision and values of a man who pushed his dream forward at great sacrifice. We remember his dedication, courage and efforts for justice and equality for all and we seek to emulate his nonviolent passion that revealed itself in commitment to treating people with reverence and respect.

As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we stand against all words and actions that denigrate and dehumanize any of God’s creation. We pray to be a healing presence to all of God’s creation by offering welcome to people of all nations and countries, by recognizing beauty in...

Everything on earth is filled with sacred presence
January 18, 2019

The first presentation in the 2019 Enrichment Series at Mount St. Benedict Monastery drew a group of people interested in hearing about “Climate Crisis and Humility: Benedict’s teaching as a guide.”

In her presentation, Sister Anne McCarthy, coordinator of Benedictines for Peace and staff member at Benetvision and Monasteries of the Heart, presented a fresh look at St. Benedict's 12 steps of...

SBEC among recipients of Employment and Training Innovation Grants from DHS
January 16, 2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller recently announced a more than $1 million investment to strengthen existing employment and training programs across the commonwealth by supporting solutions that address barriers to employment and help program participants as they find and maintain meaningful, family-sustaining jobs. Included among the recipients was St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC).

In expressing her gratitude Executive Director Nancy Sabol said: “One of the greatest frustrations is not being able to have a dramatic impact on helping...

A week of memories
January 15, 2019

For six students and their adult mentor, winter break meant a trip to Erie. Once again our relationship with Canisius College was made even stronger when the group arrived for an alternative winter break ministry trip.

The group lived at the monastery and worked with the sisters in various Benedictine ministries. Sister Marilyn Schauble, Director of Vocations, coordinated everything with Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate Campus Minister at Canisius. “We have been hosting this service trip for many years,” said Sister Marilyn. “We love having the students come and share their enthusiasm...

The Community welcomes two Postulants
January 13, 2019

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie welcomed two women into the postulate. Jennifer Koo, an accountant and business owner from Singapore and Jen Frazer, an artist and art teacher from the Boston, MA area became postulants in a ritual ceremony celebrated on Sunday, January 13. Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, who journeyed with both women through their discernment, said: “It has been an honor to work with these women and today is a special day for them and for us.”

Sister Marilyn met Jennifer and Jen at the door and led them into the monastery where the community was...

The Baptism of Jesus
January 12, 2019

An excerpt from The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister, OSB

On the Sunday after Epiphany, the Christmas season ends in the West with its own celebration of the baptism of Jesus by John at the Jordan. As the Eastern church points out, it is at this moment that we see for the first time the union of God the Creator, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But we see something else as well. We see Jesus accepting baptism by John, a sign that Jesus accepts humanity, his own and ours, in all its struggles, all of its limitations, all of its burdens, and all its focus on the...

Reflections from a Year Long Emmaus Volunteer: Priscilla Richter
January 11, 2019

How did you find yourself in Erie, PA?
Priscilla: I was in the Benedicta Riepp program of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie where I experienced monastic living by living, working and praying with the Sisters.

And how did you find yourself at Emmaus?
Priscilla: The Food Pantry was one of my work assignments. Working for a year at the Emmaus Ministries’ food pantry has been a great honor and blessing for me.

What reflections do you have on your time volunteering at the Food Pantry?
Priscilla: I found early on...