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Global Sisters Report posts article by Sister Linda Romey
May 30, 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...

10th Annual Art&Sole--Still time to register!
May 30, 2017

Are you interested in walking or running for a great cause? If so, the Neighborhood Art House has just the opportunity for you! THere's still time to register to participate as a runner or walker, as an individual, family or as part of a team using the on-line form or download a form to complete and mail to the Art House.

There's a new opportunity as well, a 1k Fun Run for Kids open to children ages 6-12; it will begin at 10:00 am. If you would like to be part of the 10th...

Memorial Day: Seek Peace and Pursue It
May 28, 2017

In our remembrance of the women and men who throughout history have given their very lives for the sake of justice, peace and freedom, we are challenged to do what we can to work for these same values. As Benedictines, we embrace a motto of peace. We seek peace; we pursue peace.

We pray on this Memorial Day for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding ─ the peace the world can neither give nor take away.

May peace be our quest and aim as we work to do all that we can to “be a healing presence and prophetic witness” (...

New Millcreek Giant Eagle Sports Energy Efficiency/Sustainability Features
May 25, 2017

Giant Eagle has a longstanding tradition of supporting the communities it serves, as well as being a responsible steward of the environment. As such, incorporating innovative sustainability features and offerings into the new Millcreek Marketplace Giant Eagle, which opened on March 23, 2017 was a priority for the company.

Core conservation and sustainability focus areas at the Millcreek Giant Eagle include energy, waste, water, and product:

In addition to full LED lighting throughout the store, this location utilizes both a rooftop solar array...

Discover your Inner Artist: NAH Fundraiser
May 25, 2017

Join us for an Inner City Neighborhood Art House (NAH) fundraiser and produce your very own whimsical acrylic painting on canvas under the direction of Artist/Art House teacher Mary Kay Geary. Choose from among the eight time/date offerings.

DATES: Monday, June 5; Tuesday, June 6; Monday, June 12; Tuesday June 13

TIMES: Afternoon Session 4:00 - 6:00 or Evening Session 7:00 - 9:00

Sessions must have a minimum of 4 participants and will be closed at 10 participants to allow sufficient time for personal attention.
Cost: $35.00

All materials supplied. . .soft...

A story can make a difference
May 24, 2017

About 50 people came together for the Benedictines for Peace (BFP) Speaker Series held at Mount St. Benedict on May 22. “I have found that telling my story helps me and helps others,” said Leonard Shelton as he began to share about his PTSD diagnosis and his ongoing struggle to put the pieces of his life together. Shelton is a veteran who served in the army at the age of 17 for three years before enlisting in the Marine Corps as an infantryman where he spent the next 20 years. He was a drill instructor and served in combat and admitted that he was never the same after that. “Lives change...

Villa Outreach Day
May 23, 2017

A group of 12 students from Villa Maria Academy made 20 lasagnas for Emmaus Ministries on their annual Outreach Day. About 1,000 Prep and Villa students, teachers, administrators, and staff members participated in the Outreach Day.

Last year, students from Prep made lasagnas for the Soup Kitchen and it went over well so the young women from Villa decided to take it over this year.

“It was an easy choice for the students to make lasagna,” said Fr. Mike DeMartinis, the coordinator of Outreach Day at Villa Maria Academy and Cathedral Preparatory School, “because the Emmaus cooks...

Sister Marilyn Schauble Sings with the North East Choral Club
May 23, 2017

"Sing Together" was the theme of the annual spring concert presented by the North East Choral Club (NECC) at Park United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 21. Sister Marilyn Schauble, a member of the group, shared: "I so enjoy being part of this group; we work hard and learn a lot. Sharing our music with others in a concert like this is an opportunity to show how music can be inspirational and nuture harmony among all peoples."

This year’s presentation included a guest performance by a men’s chorus formed for the event. In addition the men joined the women’s chorus for the selections...

Bringing Beauty to the Area
May 22, 2017

Emmaus Soup Kitchen’s backyard neighbor, the Neighborhood Art House, now features a vertical garden, called a Green Wall.

The vertical garden was implemented by the Green Team, a group of students at the Art House led by Sister Pat Lupo, and thanks to a grant from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

“We planted tomatoes, onions, strawberries, beans, and more in the vertical garden,” said one of the Green Team students. “Soon we will be able to try all the vegetables that grow here.”

“One hope is that our...

Women in Transition Continued
May 18, 2017

“When it became necessary for Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski, long-time organizer and leader of spiritual programs, to curtail some of her activities, I was sad and anxious, and distressed that the Women in Transition program would need to be discontinued,” shared Beth Sammartino Blood. “Then I remembered Sister Joan Chittister’s wisdom: ‘This is not a time for despair but for action.’”

To that end, Beth, a faithful participant in Sister Carolyn’s programs and retreats for more than 10 years began Women in Transition Continued. She invited Becky Spudich, Oblate, to help her...

A Mother’s Day Event: Defend Mother Earth!
May 17, 2017

Sisters Pat Lupo, Lucia and Claire Surmik, Oblate Janice Etchison, Sarah Everett, Elliot Dale and Sam Miller took part in "The Barrel Battle at the Border," a demonstration against fracking. In an effort to acknowledge Mother Earth and the suffering that is hers, it was held on Mother’s Day. The Erie group from Our Water, Our Air, Our Rights joined anti-fracking activists from Butler, PA to face off against Ohio anti-fracking groups from Youngstown and Ashtabula in a mock battle at the border over accepting fracking waste...