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August 8, 2017

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for your support on Erie Gives Day.

We have learned that it takes generosity to discover the world through others. Your generosity tells us that you are willing to discover the world through the works and ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Emmaus Ministries, and the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House.

With your interest and help we are able, as scripture says, "to do immeasurably more than we could imagine" (Ephesians 3:20).

Thank you so much!

Moving Forward
August 7, 2017

Sisters Patricia Witulski and Valerie Luckey are moving forward. Each stage of initial formation is accompanied by vocation discernment and this discernment led both Sisters Pat and Valerie to make the request for final and first profession respectively.

On Saturday, August 5, after a community vote, Pat and Val received the blessing of their directors, Novice Director Sister Stephanie Schmidt and Scholasticate Director Sister Diane Rabe, the prioress, council and community. Profession dates will be scheduled in the fall.

Sister Pat is ministering with the refugees at St....

Consider giving your support through ERIE GIVES
August 7, 2017

On Erie Gives Day, TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, a percentage match of your donation will expand your contribution to support:

• services to guests at EMMAUS MINISTRIES Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Kids' Cafe and or
THE NEIGHBORHOOD ART HOUSE programming for inner-city...

The Significance of August 6
August 6, 2017

The church calendar marks August 6 as the feast of the Transfiguration, the day on which the disciples of Jesus encountered who Jesus really is when he was transformed in their midst. The shining glory of the Transfiguration (Luke 9: 28-36) draws attention to the identity of Jesus as God’s chosen and beloved one.

The civil calendar marks August 6 as the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima--the world’s first atomic bomb attack.

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie recall the Transfiguration of Jesus as well as the anniversary of the nuclear bombings in light of the...

Celebrating 70 and 60 years of Monastic Profession
August 4, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie opened their annual August community days with a special evening prayer and a renewal of vows by this year’s jubilarians. Sisters Mary Grace Hanes, Andrea Weidle and Mary Bernard Lander renewed their monastic vows in celebration of 70 years of profession and Sisters Laura Beichner and Carol Ann McLaughlin renewed their monastic vows in celebration of 60 years of profession. A festive dinner honoring the jubilarians followed.

During the dinner community members had the opportunity to share special stories, memories, experiences and expressions of...

Erie County Poet Laureate takes interest in Emmaus Ministries
August 1, 2017

A writing conference, 60 boxes of Cracker Jacks, and Emmaus’ Kids Cafe: what do these things have in common? The common denominator: Marisa Moks-Unger, the 2016-2017 Erie County Poet Laureate.

Marisa first explored the Kids Cafe when looking for a possible site to hold the International Women’s Writing Guild’s Regional Flagship City Writing Conference.

Marisa, a former secondary English teacher, was impressed with the store at the Kids Cafe. “I think this sort of reward system for sustained good behavior etches many good experiences for youth,” she said. “Here they can...

Job Opportunity at SBEC
July 29, 2017

Saint Benedict Education Center (SBEC) has an opening for a full-time Employment Coordinator in Erie to work with recipients of public assistance and help them with job search, development and retention. Bachelor’s Degree and valid driver’s license are preferred. For consideration, please send a letter of interest with salary expectations, resume and references to Personnel Director: or Saint Benedict Education Center, 330 East 10th Street, Erie, PA 16503. Respond by August 6, 2017. EOE

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Marking the end of an era
July 25, 2017

After much prayer and discernment, it became clear in 2014 that St. Joseph Monastery, St. Marys, PA, the first Benedictine women’s foundation in North America (1852), would need to close due to a climbing median age and the lack of new members. The community of 17 sisters began to visit other Benedictine communities and arrange for transfer, four of whom eventually transferred to the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

Sister Rita Brink, OSB, of St. Walburg Monastery in Covington, KY, has been the primary representative of the Federation of St. Scholastica for the past five years in...

Rock Out Erie: Kids Cafe
July 24, 2017

“When we walked back from Perry Square yesterday, we picked up random stones and rocks along the way,” said Ebony King, staff member at the Kids Cafe. “Today we are painting the rocks and soon we’ll hide them all over downtown as a part of Rock Out Erie.”

Rock Out Erie is a current fad in which people decorate and then hide rocks around town for others to find, post pictures on the Rock Out Erie Facebook page of what they found, and then re-hide the rocks. The creators of Rock Out Erie hope that finding the...

Our Employees are the Best
July 21, 2017

It was a perfect summer day for the Employee Picnic. Employees and their families joined the sisters for the annual appreciation event. Food, fun and friendship were shared; games and swimming were enjoyed. “Our employees are very special people and we are happy to tell them how much we appreciate them with this picnic,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “They do so much for us and we are very grateful.”

The picnic was organized by Sister Judith Trambley, Personnel Director, Sister Diane Cook, Treasurer, and Sister Diane Rabe, Monastery coordinator. One of the highlights of the...

Good News! $10 000 ASHRAE LEVEL II Energy Audit Grant
July 20, 2017

The Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund awarded the Benedictine Sisters of Erie a $10,000 ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Level II energy audit grant to possibly cover 5 of the Benedictine inner city buildings. They are St. Benedict Education Center; St. Benedict Community Center (gym/auditorium); St. Benedict Center (Day Care, Emmaus Ministries and Residence); Neighborhood Art House and The Studio at St. Mary’s: A Space to Create (Gus’ Kids Café and programs). CARE chose Gary Jacobs, Senior Energy Engineer for Smart Edge USA, to do the audit...