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Blogs by Sisters—and a Podcast, too
December 7, 2016

The web site page dedicated to Blogs by Sisters has had a face lift thanks to web developer, Sister Linda Romey.

Each blog has links to the most recent three posts of each blogger and it will update automatically each time the sister posts to her blog.

In addition there is a new regular feature: an audio podcast posted every two weeks.

These are the five blogs and the podcast you’ll find at Sister Blogs:

Light through Stained Glass Windows by Sister Susan Doubet...

Young People Respond
December 6, 2016

“Did everyone brush their teeth this morning?” asks Emmaus social worker Rita Scrimenti to the children at Erie Day School as she holds up a toothbrush from the bag of items students donated. “Everyone likes to brush their teeth and keep clean. We all like to smell and look good,” she says. “So thank you for donating all this – our guests will love it.”

Throughout the month of November, young people have been responding to the needs of guests at Emmaus. The students at Erie Day School created gratitude baskets to share with...

Erin's latest blog: For the Beauty of the Earth
December 5, 2016

Erin Carey, a 22 year old graduate of St. Benedict’s College in Minnesota, is volunteering here in Erie as part of the Benedictine Women Service Corps (BWSC), an outreach program of the Benedictine Sisters in Minnesota that encourages alumnae to volunteer in works of justice as they strive to live Benedictine values in a Benedictine community.

Erin is working part time at the Neighborhood Art House (NAH) teaching music...

Advent: Week II
December 3, 2016

The Second Week of Advent began in quiet peacefulness as the candle marking its beginning was brought into the chapel by postulant, Kathy McCarthy. The Vigil had begun. Two candles now marked time; light brightened darkness.

In her reflections on the Gospel (Matthew 3: 1 – 12), Sister Beth Adams invited the assembly to prepare for the coming of Jesus by acts of mercy, kindness and love and by working for justice and peace. She also reminded everyone that Advent is a season of self-awareness and said: “Pope Francis has said that John the Baptist prepared people for encounter with...

NAH Core Committee Member Honored
December 2, 2016

Bobbi Pollock, long-time member of the Neighborhood Art House (NAH) Women's Core Committee, was honored recently by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northwestern PA Chapter as their 2016 Outstanding Philanthropist. The Neighborhood Art House, The Erie Playhouse and Temple Anshe Hesed jointly nominated Bobbi for this award to honor her for her many years of dedicated service and financial support for them and to other organizations in Erie.

When something is happening at the Art House, count on Bobbi to be there. Whether it is setting up for Taste of the Arts, assisting...

Dining Fundraiser benefits Emmaus Ministries
December 1, 2016
Kiwanis Diner's Card

With its “diner’s card” fundraiser, the Erie Kiwanis chapter not only raised funds for its organization by encouraging participants to eat at local restaurants but added another “eating” experience by donating part of the proceeds to Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

Kiwanis member and longtime soup kitchen volunteer Buck Swahn presented the $500 check to Emmaus adding, “The fundraiser was also an opportunity to introduce more of our members to the work of Emmaus. By including Emmaus in the fundraiser, the Kiwanis members who regularly...

Special Feature: Sisters knit for a cause; never retire
November 30, 2016

A special thank you to Mary Solberg, Editor of FaithLife, the bi-weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Erie.

The current edition includes a special feature about the Benedictine "Stay in the Loop" knitting group written by Mary: Sisters knit for a cause; never retire. Click here to read the front page story.

Photo credit: Mary Solberg


New Postulant Arrives
November 28, 2016

On Sunday, November 27, Kathy McCarthy knocked on the monastery door, accompanied by Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director. “I have walked with Kathy in her discernment process,” said Sister Marilyn. “I am very happy to walk with her into our monastery.” Upon entering the front door Kathy was greeted by the community and asked by Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress, “What is it that you seek?” Kathy replied, “I seek to live the monastic way of life in this community and continue my spiritual journey.”

Kathy, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, worked for L’Arche, Erie for many years...

A special thank you to Tennessee Backporch
November 28, 2016

If you are looking for a Christmas Show to give your holiday special meaning, give yourself the gift of Follow the Star with Tennessee Backporch.

The Benedictine Sisters were treated to a wonderful experience when Tennessee Backporch chose to do their dress rehearsal at the monastery for the upcoming show. Tennessee Backporch, Erie’s “premier variety band,” welcomes additional musicians for this special production. The show, created by Chris and Julie Moore, founding members of the band, showcases a number of original songs, many by Chris himself, as well as creative...

Advent begins
November 27, 2016

At the first Advent Vigil the circle of candles was blessed by Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress. The first candle was lit and carried in by the newest member, Sister Valerie Luckey, novice, as is the community’s custom. In a darkened chapel, all sang: “God of Light, we are waiting for you.” The single candle shone brightly and marked the start of Advent and an invitation to renewed hope.

In the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Advent (Matthew 24: 37 – 44) Jesus spoke to his disciples about staying awake and being ready for the coming of the Savior. Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski...

Advent in Post-Election Times
November 25, 2016

Advent, 2016

As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we reaffirm our corporate commitment to be a healing presence and prophetic witness for peace during this post-election time that continues to speak to the heart of who we are: women desiring to be our best selves in the wake of the divisive and hurtful rhetoric and action that often plagued our nation over the past several months.

We accept the ongoing challenge to which we are called each day: to witness to Gospel values of love and justice, welcome and inclusion, forgiveness and compassion, kindness and care, as we live the...