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Lenten Meditation

"Lent is about the holiness that suffering can bring. It is about bringing good where evil has been, about bringing love where hate has been. It is about the transformation of the base to the beautiful . . . . The point is that no one escapes suffering. It is part of the rhythm of life, part of the process of living. The question, then, is, for what are we willing to suffer?"
--Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life

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Breanna Mekuly reflects on her internship with Sister Joan Chittister
July 24, 2016

An article chronicling Breanna Mekuly’s journey as an intern with Sister Joan Chittister for 10 weeks this summer appeared in the monthly e-newsletter of Breanna’s former college, St. Norbert, Green Bay, WI.

Breanna writes, “Another wonderful part of this internship is the opportunity to live with Sister Joan’s religious community for the summer in the gorgeous monastery right on Lake Erie. While living at the monastery, I eat, pray and converse with the sisters. From these women’s stories alone, I have gained such insight and wisdom into what it means to truly follow one’s call,...

Meet SBEC Program Participant: Heather Guldenshuh
July 22, 2016

At St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC), Heather Guldenshuh learned a valuable life lesson – to take one challenge at a time. “I don’t think I would have been able to get a job on my own. I wasn’t sure I could make it. I had a little one to take care of, no child support and everything seemed so overwhelming.“ Heather also described some learning challenges she has.

While the goal for all program participants at SBEC is always employment, the program coordinators are very adept at taking a holistic approach when working with students. Barriers to employment are identified and a...

Gift to Emmaus and Neighborhood Art House
July 21, 2016

Mary Alice and Tom Doolin, recent recipients of the prestigious Edward C. Doll Community Service Award, remembered two ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie when it came to selecting nonprofits to benefit from a $12,000 grant that accompanies the award. Emmaus Ministries and the Neighborhood Art House (NAH), along with the Bayfront East Side Taskforce, were selected by the Doolins, who received the honor at the Erie Community Foundation’s annual meeting held at the Bayfront Convention Center. “Mary Alice and Tom are two people who have given copious amounts of time as well as...

NUNS on the Bus in Erie: Brief but Amazing
July 20, 2016

“NUNS on the Bus were in Erie less than 24 hours but their impact will last much longer,” said Sister Marlene Bertke, OSB, one of the sisters who helped organize the event. She welcomed the group to the monastery on Tuesday afternoon where conversation flowed before the group left for dinner at a local soup kitchen (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church). This was followed by a Town Meeting at St. Paul’s Parish Center, an opportunity for people to get together and talk about the issues in the Erie community and consider viable solutions. “The turnout was great, the process even greater, and the...

Completion of Energy Efficient Project Celebrated
July 20, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie celebrated the completion of an energy efficiency project. The LED retrofit lighting, supported through the generosity of a $25,000 Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund Grant and a rebate under the Penelec Act 129 energy efficiency project is very much in line with the community’s Corporate Commitment to foster sustainable living choices and to integrate them into daily life whenever and wherever possible.

“To integrate technologies such as this lighting change—from fluorescent to LED lighting—is a...

Emmaus receives support from the Knights of Columbus
July 18, 2016

The Pennsylvania Knights of Columbus presented Emmaus Ministries with a check for $900 in support of the soup kitchen following the Catholic organization’s 118th state convention that was held in Erie at the Ambassador Conference Center. The donation, a portion of the collection from the Memorial Mass, was presented to Margaret Kloecker, Emmaus associate director, by Dr. Kenneth Grugel, former Knights State Advocate. The Knights of Columbus was founded 134 years ago as a fraternal benefit society to assist Catholic men and their families.

Read this story and more on the Emmaus...

Nuns on the Bus is Coming to Erie: Plan on attending
July 16, 2016

The 5th Nuns on the Bus trip will be in Erie on July 19, stopping here on the way to Rochester after leaving the Republican Convention in Cleveland.

The focus of this 5th Bus Trip is Mend the Gaps, Reweave the Fabric of Society, concentrating on the great discrepancy that exists between the 1% and the 99% and what can be done about that.

NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus will be daring to call on elected officials and candidates to "Mend the Gaps" in income and wealth inequality in our nation. There will be a special...

Following the Path
July 15, 2016

Ten women, including our two novices and postulant, participated in the Following the Path – Vocation Discernment Retreat held last weekend at Mount St. Benedict Monastery.

“I found myself profoundly grateful and very hope-filled to be in the presence of women of such integrity,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director. “Their insights, questions and ponderings revealed them to be God seekers not just for themselves but for the betterment of the world.”

The retreat opened on...

In Memoriam: Sister Rita Groner, OSB
July 13, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Rita Groner who entered into eternal rest on July 13, 2016. Please join us in prayer for Sister Rita.





Meet SBEC Volunteers Neal and Sharon Mosher
July 12, 2016

Emigrants to Canada, Neil and Sharon Mosher know first-hand the challenges of moving to a new country. Yet, their own personal journey did not begin to prepare them for what they encounter as volunteers at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC). They left the US in 1970. “We were voluntary immigrants and knew we could go back at any time. Canada, while different from the US, was not a cultural shock for us.” The immigrants they work with today, however, are refugees fleeing war, persecution, and economic strife in countries vastly different from the US or Canada. “There is no going back for...

July 11: Celebrating the Feast of Benedict
July 11, 2016

In the Benedictine Calendar of Saints, Benedict of Nursia is celebrated as the founder of Western Monasticism on July 11. He provided a Rule which establishes a way of life rooted in the Gospel and grounded in the scriptural principles of charity, humility, stability, and faithfulness. Benedict's Rule is all about love: it teaches that everything is a holy endeavor; it points to Christ. "Prefer nothing to the love of Christ" sums it up perfectly.

"As Benedictines, preferring nothing to the love of Christ is how we seek God in our prayer life, in our community living and in our...