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Benedictine Sisters and Oblates join in Erie Climate Change March
May 1, 2017

On the 100th day of Trump’s presidency more than 300,000 people in Washington DC and across the country joined together in a powerful demonstration of unity for jobs, justice, and climate action. The people of Erie, including Benedictine Sisters and oblates, were out in full force to take part in Erie’s Climate Change March which was hosted by Our Water, Our Air, Our Rights, co-Sponsored by Erie Benedictines for Peace, the Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of Mercy, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Unitarian Universalist...

2017 Erie Poem in Your Pocket Day
May 1, 2017

The Writing Studio and the Erie County Library, in partnership with local groups promoting literacy, education and the arts, celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 27. The Erie event took place on National Poem in Your Pocket Day, which has been celebrated since 2002 as part of National Poetry Month in April.

From Erie’s Bayfront to Summit Township, volunteers fanned out Thursday to pass out poems rolled into scrolls and tied with ribbons. The poems come from “Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets” and “Poem in Your Pocket: 200 Poems to Read and Carry.” Both volumes are...

People's Climate March in Erie
April 28, 2017

Join us in Erie on April 29th as we march in solidarity with People's Climate marches to be held in Washington D.C. and in cities around the world.

Our march will start at the East Avenue Boat Ramp at 2 pm. We will pass by the Erie Coke Plant, which was recently singled out for toxic emissions in the Erie Reader and we will end our march at Wayne Park on E. 6th for a rally/speakers/music until 4 pm.

Please bring friends and family as well as signs!


Another award for Sister Pat Lupo
April 28, 2017

The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners recognized Sister Pat Lupo of the Neighborhood Art House for her 18 plus years of service to the youth of public housing. Some of her activities have included raised gardens at the John E. Horan Garden Apartments, Ostrow Apartments and Erie Heights, coordinating the yearly International Coastal Clean-up at McDannell Run in the John E. Horan Garden Apartments, the development of a wetlands area adjacent to McDannell Run, teaching environment programs to youth and partnering with...

Packing for the Camino: Carrying Monastic Life to New Generations
April 27, 2017
Sisters Anne Wambach, Edith Bogue, Stephanie Schmidt

Meet Sister Edith Bogue, a Benedictine from Duluth, MN who currently serves as Vocation Minster and Oblate Director for the Benedictines of St. Scholastica Monastery. Trained in sociology and social work she has honed in on the important topic of nurturing and carrying monastic life forward in the 21st century. Sister Edith was the presenter for the community’s April weekend, speaking on the topic: Packing for the Camino: Carrying Monastic Life to New Generations.

Using the analogy of the Camino—a pilgrimage, a walk, a quest of some kind taken in order to ask and hopefully answer...

Joan Chittister and Cokie Roberts—Electric!
April 26, 2017

At last night’s Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series it was hard not to think of the song that made the Electric Slide dance famous back in the late 1980s: “It’s electric . . . you can’t see it . . . it’s electric . . . you gotta feel it . . . it’s electric . . . .” What a perfect way to describe the tangible spirit that seemed to pervade the entire evening, an evening electrified by 2 women in conversation that drew 800 people to crowd the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst University.

Local author and activist...

Going to the dogs?
April 24, 2017
Patti Eichen, shown here holding Rocco, is both a member of the Neighborhood Art House staff and a volunteer at the ANNA Shelter. She was the impetus behind this project.

After months of printing and stamping them, the children in Sarah Everett's Printmaking class were ready to present several hundred colorful bandanas to the ANNA Shelter. The intention was that these bandanas, stamped with the Art House logo and the words Handmade with love by a student at the Inner City Neighborhood Art House, would be worn by each dog as it was adopted and left the shelter for its "Forever Home."

On April 4, Ruth Thompson, Director of the ANNA Shelter and several volunteers brought three very friendly young dogs to visit the children. She told them that when two...

Novices moving forward
April 24, 2017

Sisters Dina Lauricella and Karen Oprenchok are moving forward into the third stage of initial monastic formation: the Scholasticate. Each stage of initial formation is accompanied by continued vocation discernment. Their discernment led Sisters Dina and Karen to request first monastic profession and continue their journey of seeking God in community with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. With the blessing of their Novice Director, Sister Stephanie Schmidt, the prioress, council and...

A Special Connection
April 22, 2017

Oblate Glory Piovarcy shares her personal experience of receiving a service dog trained by prison inmates in an Erie Times News article written by Madeleine O’Neill. Glory explains how she was matched with Linton in 2013, a service dog who had been trained by inmates at SCI Cambridge Springs where she had been volunteering through a separate program. In the article Glory reflects: “It really brought tears to my eyes,” she said. “It meant so much to meet the inmates and to know that they were the ones that started his life out teaching him to be a service dog.”


Congratulations are in order
April 21, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie have received the 2017 Greater Erie Award from Preservation Erie for developing The Studio at St. Mary's: Space to Create!

The 5th annual Greater Erie Awards will be held on Thursday, April 27 at the Masonic Temple Ballroom. Consider coming to celebrate the exceptional stewards of the physical and cultural landscape that is Greater Erie, Pennsylvania.


April 19, 2017

Sister Anne McCarthy was interviewed as part of an article on mindfulness that ran in the Life Style section of last Sunday’s Erie Times News. In the article Sister Anne shares, "Every faith incorporates quiet moments of self-reflection . . . . For me, quiet, contemplative prayer is part of my lectio (daily mindful) practice." The article, "To find peace in the present, practice mindfulness," was written by Jennie Geisler. Read the full article here.