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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

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Emmaus Ministries and Catholic Schools Week (part 1)
February 6, 2018

"God has provided this world with enough food for all people to survive," said Father Mike DeMartinis to the second and third graders at St. Luke's Catholic School who were preparing soup for the guests at Emmaus as their service activity during Catholic Schools Week. "And though we have enough food in this world, not everyone has enough food to eat. That's why we're working with Emmaus today to make a meal - we want to ensure that we share the food we have with others who don't have any and are hungry."

Both St. Luke's and Our Lady of Peace Catholic schools chose to support Emmaus...

Benedictines participate in Vocation Day at St. Jude School
February 2, 2018

Erie Catholic School System, along with dioceses and schools across the nation, celebrated Catholic Schools Week (CSW) this past week. Some Erie Benedictines had the chance to be part of it thanks to Sister Katherine Horan, teacher at St. Jude School, Erie.

“Yesterday we at St. Jude School celebrated vocation day,” explained Sister Kath. “In support of the theme: Have Faith in Your Future—through building strong moral character, skills for academic success, and zeal for service to others, we organized a special event--Vocation Day.”

The CSW event included sisters,...

Refugees at SBEC participate in Little Hats Big Hearts Program
February 1, 2018

The refugees at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC), like so many of us, want to make a difference through outreach. To this end they have been busy working enthusiastically on a project entitled, “Little Hats Big Hearts Program” as a way of giving back to the community. Winsome Hoydu, a volunteer at SBEC spearheaded this undertaking in conjunction with The Children’s Heart Foundation of the American Heart Association. Under her guidance, the refugees knitted approximately 40 red hats for babies who will be born this month of February at...

PNC donates to Sister Gus' Kids Cafe
January 30, 2018

“We had an opportunity to choose an organization we felt passionate about,” said Chris Bernatowicz, Senior Vice President and Head of Retail at PNC Financial Services in Erie. “So we decided to give a donation because we had extra funds in our foundation at PNC.” She brought a check for $2,500, which she designated to support the children at Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe.

The PNC Foundation focuses on forming partnerships with local community-based nonprofit organizations with the goal of alleviating poverty and enhancing opportunities for children. Chris, who works with the local PNC Bank...

The Journey Continues
January 29, 2018

"I ask that I may continue to seek God through sharing the monastic life with this Benedictine community." In response to these words of request spoken by Kathleen McCarthy at Evening Prayer on January 27, 2018, the Benedictine community warmly welcomed her into the novitiate.

During the ritual Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, invited the community to support Sister Kathleen and Sister Marilyn Schauble, Novice Director, during this year of continued discernment. As part ofnthe ritual Kathy was given a copy of the Rule of Benedict as a sign that this document will be the focal point...

Educated Choice Through Knowledge
January 25, 2018

The first presentation in the 2018 Enrichment Series at Mount St. Benedict Monastery drew a group of people interested in hearing about “Judaism: A modern look at an ancient faith.” In her presentation, Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov, spiritual leader of Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie, explained how Judaism is an ever-evolving set of practices meant to be explored anew in each generation and showed a timeline development of how Reformed Judaism, the most liberal type of Judaism developed. “We have been reforming since the very beginning,”...

Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality
January 24, 2018

A new program that offers young women an opportunity to immerse themselves in Joan Chittister’s work, especially regarding monasticism, women in the Catholic Church, and spirituality, will take place at Mount Saint Benedict, Erie, PA, this summer.

The two-week program, The Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality, will be held June 17-30, 2018, and will welcome a small number of female-identifying Catholic graduate students or recent graduates of programs in divinity, theology, religion, or related fields.


NAH 2017 Semester Closes with a Flourish
January 24, 2018

A lively and well-attended Open House closed out the Fall 2017 session with a flourish. Parents and siblings enjoyed the displays of student art work as they moved about the walls and tables holding paintings, prints, mosaics, and clay creations. It is always enjoyable to observe the children proudly showing off their work and explaining how it was done.

Performances by student dancers and musicians were warmly received by a very attentive audience. Click here to visit the NAH web page and view clips of these...

Don't miss the Enrichment Series: Judaism Today
January 23, 2018

Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov will share the ways in which Judaism is vibrant and relevant for all people at the Enrichment Series scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 PM at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. She will discuss the main tenants of Reform Judaism and how it continues to evolve.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Download a flier here.

Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov is honored to serve as the spiritual leader of Temple Anshe Hesed, a post she has held...