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News and Events

SBA Association is sponsoring a Vera Bradley Bingo
November 9, 2016

Only 300 tickets are available for the Vera Bradley Bingo being hosted by the St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Association.

Saturday, November 19, is the date and 6:00 p.m. is the start time with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. at the Harborcreek Social Hall located at 7275 Buffalo Road, Harborcreek, PA 16421.

The price of $20.00 per ticket includes bingo cards for the entire evening.

Tip boards, raffles and small games...

Erie Philharmonic Outreach: Long Term residency at St. Benedict Child Development Center
November 7, 2016

Fall 2016 brought the Erie Philharmonic to the classrooms at St. Benedict Child Development Center. This first time ever Long Term Residency will have teaching artist Sarah Lee visiting the center 60 times by the time February rolls around. The goal of this program is to create positive musical experiences for the children that promote early music appreciation. In addition, the Philharmonic aims to bring music into pre-kindergarten classes in order to aid language and literacy development as well as the organization and application of knowledge through creative thinking.


Polish Falcons
November 7, 2016

What do games of bowling and games of chance have to do with Emmaus? Thanks to two local branches of the Polish Falcons of America organization, quite a bit.

After hosting a National Bowling Tournament earlier this year, Polish Falcons of Erie, Nest 610, chose Emmaus as the tournament’s charity. The seventy-four bowlers who competed contributed $1800, Nest 148 from New Castle gave an additional $1,000 and the National Office located in Pittsburgh sent $500.

The other Erie branch, Nest 123, presented Emmaus with a check for $1,000, a portion earned from the Falcons’ small...

Joan Chittister Presentation: Women and Moral Leadership
November 4, 2016

If you missed the webinar, you can still get the video.

Joan Chittister examines our concepts of leadership: where they come from, how they have evolved and why women are desperately needed now in all levels of leadership. Authority is in question, patriarchy remains, and women have the gifts we need.

View a trailer or purchase a 90-day rental HERE and click on upper right corner to access trailer.

Date: Available Now
Location: Online
Cost: $35 for a 90-day...

November 4, 2016

Benedictines for Peace (BFP) sponsor a vigil, Justice for Immigrants, the first Friday of each month, and will do so until the Immigration law is passed. The November Vigil will be held today, Friday, November 4, at the Federal Building on the corner of 6th and State Streets. The vigil will begin promptly at the new time of 5:15 PM and end at 5:45 PM.

These vigils are asking that Congress pass the immigration bill passed by the Senate. Three points that Benedictines for Peace believe to be essential...

How did Deepawali find St. Benedict Child Development Center?
November 1, 2016

Deepawali is a Hindu celebration of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. This festival of light and flowers is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year and it was recently celebrated at St. Benedict Child Development Center.

“It all began with a parent teacher conference,” explained Sister Diane Rabe, the Center’s director. “Mrs. Nancy O’Leary in room 201 has a large population of Nepali-Bhutanese families in her classroom. During conferences she began to ask the families about celebrations that were a part of their...

Feast of All Saints
November 1, 2016

From A Monastery Almanac by Sister Joan Chittister:

This feast was introduced to show us the kind of people we ought to be imitating if we ourselves wanted to live life well.

Death did not silence them.

Who are your saints now? Who are the people you look back on with respect and awe?

Live in a way that the memory of you lives on in the people left behind.

Earthquake Devastates Norcia, the birthplace of Benedict
October 31, 2016

On Sunday, October 30, 2016, a major earthquake (6.6) in the area of Norcia, Italy destroyed the Basilica San Benedetto. The Basilica, constructed between 1290 and 1338, honored the birthplace of St. Benedict and his sister, St. Scholastica and was on the site where it is believed they were born. Fortunately, none of the monks of the monastery were injured. No deaths in Norcia were reported, although about 20 were injured. This is the most recent of serious earthquakes that have hit central Italy in the last several months.

Let us be mindful of all the people of the region who are...

Trick or Treat at St. Benedict Child Development Center
October 31, 2016

Halloween has a special significance for children, who dress in funny or ghostly costumes and knock on neighborhood doors shouting "Trick or Treat!" Pirates and princesses, ghosts and witches are filled with excitement as they anticipate the goodies that are coming their way. Today at St. Benedict Child Development Center Halloween was celebrated and enjoyed by all the little munchkins.

Check out the scrap book and you’ll get a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart. Click on the arrows to turn the pages and treat yourself to the beauty and innocence of little...

You Can Be Anything You Imagine
October 31, 2016

In spite of commercialization Halloween does have a positive spirit that continues to recommend it. Fond memories of trick or treating keep Halloween alive for many of us. In fact, they are often the reason why we work to keep the tradition going. A decorated cookie or cupcake, a bag of treats, or a jack-o’-lantern can work their magic in seconds. Children and adults in costume ─ even better! Hearts expand, smiles widen, eyes light up. While it is true that Halloween is not a “holy” day there is something sacred about it. It is a day of fun and creativity, laughter and love. If it is...

2016 Oblate Commitment Ceremony
October 30, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie welcomed new initiates into the Oblate Way of Life during Vigil Prayer on Saturday evening, October 29, in the chapel at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. The initiates expressed the desire to deepen their faith by studying the Rule of Benedict and living the Gospel values of peace and justice more intensely.

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, presented each with a copy of the Rule: “Receive this Rule of Benedict. May it be light for your nights and hope for your days,” she said. “And may light and hope continue to enliven your hearts with passion for the...