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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

News and Events

Summer Schedule at Kids Cafe
July 6, 2016

When schools close for the summer, many children are left without subsidized breakfasts and lunches. The Emmaus Kids Cafe adjusts its schedule during vacation to accommodate the gap, serving from noon to 2:30 p.m. And this summer, Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe is welcoming children for lunch who attend morning and afternoon classes at the Inner City Neighborhood Art House. Check it out!

Read this story and more on the Emmaus Ministries web page.

Benedictines for Peace Vigil: Crude Oil Trains=Bomb Trains
July 5, 2016

Tomorrow begins the Third National Week of Action Against Oil Trains (July 6-12). Benedictines for Peace are sponsoring a Vigil to Stop the Bomb Trains, Wednesday, July 6, 12 Noon at the US Federal Building, 17 South Park Row, Erie.

Each week 32 trains travel through Erie in populated areas with a large number of tanker cars, each one holding approximately 30,000 gallons of highly combustible crude oil. Since mid-February four...

July 4: Independence Day
July 3, 2016

July 4 gives Americans reason to celebrate. Gratitude for the gift of freedom will be marked with cookouts and family time, parades and parties. In the midst of this day on which we give thanks for our many blessings let us take time to reflect and pray; let us be renewed to continue the good work that was begun when America became an independent nation in 1776.

When the United States was young, its ideals high, its goals so blazing and brilliant in a world whose ideas had grown old and sclerotic, no effort to achieve them was too much, no failure fatal. Now freedom has new...

Sunday, July 3, 7:00 PM
July 2, 2016

Come to enjoy a summer concert at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on Sunday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m. Duo Polaris: Kirill Kalmykov and Julia Haager will perform music for cello and piano.

This professional Calgary-based husband/wife duo will share a program inspired by their passion for travelling. It will feature chamber music masterpieces by the great European composers Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Manuel de Falla.

Selections of Schubert's most beloved songs as well as a vocal suite by de Falla transcribed for cello and piano will also...

Meet an SBEC Employer:Goodwill Industries
June 30, 2016

Most of us know Goodwill as the place where we bring clothing and household items no longer needed. While that is true, the mission of Goodwill is much broader. “Most people think of Goodwill as a donation center. That’s true, but everything we do is about developing job skills.” comments Jeremy Dale, district manager for Northwestern PA/Northeastern OH. (Pictured are April Peoples, Manager Erie and Jeremy Dale) It is no wonder that SBEC has found a natural partner in Goodwill Industries.

Some of the program participants at SBEC are not quite ready for employment or have not yet...

Novices share NADI Experience with the Community
June 28, 2016

“NADI 2016 met its goal,” said Sister Karen Oprenchok, novice. “With Expanding Hearts was the theme of the Institute and we returned to our home communities with expanded hearts.”

Sister Karen, along with Sister Dina Lauricella, also a novice, and Novice Director, Sister Stephanie Schmidt, recently attended the annual Novice and Directors Institute (NADI) held at St. Benedict Monastery, St. Joseph, MN.

At an evening of sharing with the community, Sisters Dina and Karen explained how NADI provided an opportunity for novices and directors to meet, support, and learn about the...

First Awardee of ICM Scholarship visits the Mount
June 24, 2016

Inter-Church Ministries of Erie (ICM) established a "Moral Leadership Award" in the name of Sister Mary Louis Eichenlaub to honor her 20 years of service on the ICM board. As Diane Edwards, ICM Executive Director said so well: "Sister Mary Louis is an example of dedication and commitment. It is with great gratitude that we honor her in this most meaningful way."

The award, established in conjunction with ICM’s 40th Anniversary (1975-2015), provides educational scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated leadership qualities. This year of 2016 marks the...

NAH Spring Review: Live, Love, Learn
June 22, 2016

Enjoy a look at the accomplishments of a number of Neighborhood Art House (NAH) students who participated in the Winter/Spring Session. Their creativity and achievements are a must see. Just go to the NAH web page to view a video and slide show and see the results of living, loving and learning.

At present, the summer session is in full swing. Fun and learning while exploring the arts abounds!

Benedictine Sisters benefit from PNC Foundation Grant
June 21, 2016

On behalf of the PNC Foundation, James Stevenson, PNC Regional President, made a visit to Mount Saint Benedict Monastery to present a $10,000 grant to the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. “We are pleased to benefit from the generosity of the PNC Foundation, a group with whom we share many of the same priorities,” said Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress, who graciously accepted the award which will be used to replace mattress sets and chairs. “Our gratitude is extended to Jim and the foundation for this grant that will provide new necessities for our sisters, many of whom work in the Benedictine...

A Time for Peace
June 20, 2016

Sister Joan Chittister is among 60 religious leaders invited to address the topic, “A Time for Peace: Rejecting Violence to Secure Human Rights” at the Carter Center’s Human Rights Defenders Forum, June 18-21 in Atlanta. The participants will be part of plenary discussions, arts presentations, workshops, tours and a keynote speech by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the topic “A Time for Peace.”

The Carter...

Fruits of the Spirit and Eastside YMCA stocks Kids Cafe store
June 17, 2016

Fruits of the Spirit (Left)
Emmaus Soup Kitchen was the recipient of the first harvest from “Fruits of the Spirit”, a garden ministry started by Stacy and Doug Buettner (photo) to provide food for families in need.

Mike Bailey, master gardener at Emmaus Grove, worked with the Buettners to create the new garden at Alliance Church of East Gore Road. The garden outreach is a branch of Shares of God’s Love, a non-denominational non-profit urban missionary group headed by Harold and Cheryl Shouse

Eastside YMCA stocks Kids Cafe store (Right...

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