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Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds: A Meditation

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance. ─William Sharp

See the beauty, hear the silence and enjoy the peace of Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds.

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St. Benedict Education Center - Request for donation of FANS
May 30, 2016

"At SBEC, all of our participants are on cash assistance. Many are refugees and all are families with children. Often they are living in less than adequate housing," explains Nancy Sabol, Executive Director of St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC). "With the summer months comes unbearable heat, and for many that means a living environment where there is no air conditioning, where they are residing upstairs where the heat is more intense, and in some cases, where the windows don’t even open."

SBEC is requesting your help. If anyone has a fan they could donate, the staff would be...

Memorial Day: Seek Peace and Pursue It
May 29, 2016

Today, 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” (...

Growing for Emmaus
May 27, 2016

A local ministry has adopted the Emmaus Food Panty and Soup Kitchen as recipients of the produce it will grow in a six-bed garden outside Grandview Alliance Church, 1102 E. Gore Road.

Fruits of the Spirit is sponsoring the project and organized a weekend fundraiser at three Erie area Bob Evans restaurants. Any customers who mentioned Fruits of the Spirit or presented a special flyer had 15 percent of their bill donated to the project. The money will be used for plants and tools according to organizers Cheryl and Howard Shouse.

Prior to starting the garden project, the Shouses...

Sister Helen Prejean: Her Passion Ignites
May 26, 2016

For more than 30 years Sister Helen Prejean has traveled the world speaking out against the death penalty. This time her travels brought her to Erie, PA. Sponsored by Benedictines for Peace (BFP), Sister Helen presented her thoughts and feelings about this important topic at the Annual BFP Speaker Series held in the chapel at Mount St. Benedict.

“Everyone is worth more than the worse thing they have done,” said Sister Helen repeatedly throughout out the evening as she spoke of the men on death row whom she has companioned over the years. “Sitting at the feet of prisoners destined...

2016 SBA Spring Luncheon
May 25, 2016

A group of St. Benedict Academy (SBA) Alum, 135 strong, gathered at Erie Ambassador Conference Center for the annual Spring Luncheon that included a number of highlights. Reminiscing together created some fun moments for those gathered and lots of camaraderie. The announcement of the 20 winners of education scholarships of $250 each, to children, grandchildren nieces or nephews of Alum was received with excited enthusiasm. In addition, 11 vendors were available for the ladies’ shopping pleasure.

The Class of 1961 took the opportunity to celebrate their class reunion. There were 20...

The Kids Cafe and Young Philanthrophists
May 24, 2016

Dina Rollinger developed a unique bond with the Kids Cafe when she was the Gannon University Work Study Placement in Fall 2015. She never forgot the children and when she was assigned a community project in a leadership seminar class at Gannon recently, she decided to organize a Book Drive that would let each child at the Kids Cafe take home any books they wanted. “It was rewarding to see the children’s excitement when they got to pick a few books,” Dina said. “I hope the books will engage them and promote literacy in their...

Therapy Dogs Play a Vital Role in Work with People of All Ages
May 24, 2016

Sisters Carolann McLaughlin and Rita Groner and their dog, Rusty, were invited to Wayside Presbyterian Church to explain the role of a therapy dog. “It was an opportunity for us to share what makes a good therapy dog and what is involved in the training of both the animal and the handler,” explained Sister Carolann. “It was a wonderful time spent with good people.”

For eight years now Sisters Carolann and Rita and Rusty have been involved with Therapy Dogs United (TDU). The mission of TDU is to inspire physical and...

Sister Marilyn Schauble sings with the North East Choral Club
May 23, 2016

With a Song in My Heart was the theme of the annual spring concert presented by the North East Choral Club (NECC) at Park United Methodist Church. Sister Marilyn Schauble, a member of the group, shared, “After singing in several local nursing homes we decided to end our season with one last performance in North East. NECC is a special group of women. I am happy to be a part of NECC and am grateful for the opportunity to do one of the things I love most─ sing!”

This year’s presentation included a guest performance by a men’s chorus formed for the event. Rob Taylor, an...

New from Benetvision: The Legacy of Leadership by Joan Chittister
May 23, 2016

Prayer for Leadership
Give us, O God,
leaders whose hearts are large enough
to match the breadth of our own souls
and give us souls strong enough
to follow leaders of vision and wisdom.

In seeking a leader, let us seek
more than development for ourselves—
though development we hope for,
more than security for our own land—
though security we need,
more than satisfaction for our wants—
though many things we desire.

Give us the hearts to choose the leader
who will work with other leaders...

Penny Contest Benefits Emmaus Ministries
May 21, 2016

Each year the students at Collegiate Academy hold a “penny war” where homerooms compete to raise money for a local organization that was selected by the student council. This year Emmaus Ministries was the student choice and Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus, attended a presentation ceremony where she received a check for over $1,000. That’s a lot of pennies.

Photo: Sister Mary Miller, Emmaus Ministries, with Collegiate Academy students
(L-R) Danielle Wieczorek, Audrey Ward, Abby Braggins, Michael Lin, Sister Mary, Jada Rossman, Noah Sheldon, Nico Lombardo and Adam...

Sister Audrey Gets ready for SBA Spring Luncheon
May 20, 2016

“You won’t find another bowl like this one,” said Sister Audrey Steff as she showed the bowl made from spalted maple to Sister Rosanne Kolbas. “When wood is on the damp ground, a fungus invades the wood and leaves dark black and brown lines in it,” explained Sister Audrey. “This is called ‘spalting’ and the wood is considered to be in a dying mode. I would rather call it a rebirth. The unique characteristics of this bowl make it a real treasure.”

Sister Audrey has been busy turning wood pieces for sale at the annual SBA (St. Benedict Academy) Spring Luncheon being held on Saturday,...