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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.

News and Events

North East Choral Club Concert: With a Song in My Heart
May 19, 2016

Don't miss the annual North East Women's Choral Club Spring Concert: With A Song in My Heart on Friday, May 20 - 7:30 PM at

Park United Methodist Church
30 North Lake Street
North East, PA

Erie Benedictine, Sister Marilyn Schauble, is a member of the choral group. This year Oblate Rob Taylor will also be singing with this special group. It promises to be a very fine concert.

There will be a free will offering for the North East food pantry.

Neighborhood Art House Spring Recital 2016
May 18, 2016

May 5, 2016 saw the transformation of the NAH Reading/Tutoring/Gathering Room into a Recital Hall where twenty-one music students performed for their parents, siblings and friends. With that transformation, sounds of music flowed from the Neighborhood Art House (NAH.

It may have been the simplest pizzicato of two or three notes done by beginning violin students. Perhaps it was a serious piece by Gavotte, Bach or Mozart performed on piano, violin or cello by students who had taken private music lessons at the Art House for several years. It might have been the combined efforts of...

Living Fully
May 18, 2016

The Erie Benedictines recently had the opportunity to pause and reflect on living fully with the help of Lynn Levo, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and a licensed psychologist, lecturer and consultant. The presentation: “Called to the Fullness of Life: Making the Most of Our Adult Years,” was an exploration of the developmental tasks of adulthood, the challenge of balancing being and doing, and the importance of being rooted in hope and joy.

“God is inviting all of us to be well in our being,” she said. “It is not about doing, rather, it is about being and being with. It is...

Annual Benefactor Appreciation
May 17, 2016

“It is one of my privileges each year to express the enormous gratitude that the sisters and I have both for you and for your generosity,” said prioress, Sister Anne Wambach, as she welcomed the community’s major benefactors to the annual appreciation event. “This evening is an important opportunity for all of us to take a moment from our busy schedules to celebrate what is most important in our lives . . . a community of friendship and mutual support.”

A special Evening Prayer, followed by a festive dinner, was the setting to express thanks to the group of benefactors who provide...

Meet SBEC Employers: Grimm Industries
May 16, 2016

The staff at SBEC take a ‘big picture’ approach to job placement, attending to every detail, according to Rich Kowalski, hiring coordinator at Grimm Industries, Inc., an innovative plastics product manufacturer. Located in Fairview, just beyond the bus line, Grimm Industries is not easily accessible for many inner-city residents. Transportation, then, becomes an added challenge for many potential employees enrolled in the programs at SBEC. “This issue illustrates the sort of hands-on, thoughtful screening that we have come to rely on...

Come, Spirit, Come!
May 15, 2016

Pentecost celebrates the power and presence of the Spirit of God for those who believe.

In her book on the Liturgical Year Sister Joan Chittister writes:

. . . the season of Pentecost: the period of unmitigated joy, of total immersion in the implications of what it means to be a Christian, to live a Christian life. It is at that point in the liturgical year when the curtain between here and there, time and eternity, for the most minute fraction of time splits open, and we begin to see not only what we are but what we can be. (...

NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: An invitation to join the Catholic Nuclear Weapon Abolition Webinar on May 17th
May 13, 2016

Please consider being part of an important webinar on Tuesday, May 17th at 4pm (EDT) on nuclear weapon abolition and why we as U.S. Catholics should work for it at this time. Also, please pass this invitation to join the webinar to anyone you know who you think should hear what is being said.

The presenters in this first of a series of such webinars will be:
Joan Chittister, OSB, Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace, who will lay the spiritual groundwork for this undertaking
Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J. who will address...

Unsung Heroes at the Kids Cafe
May 12, 2016

It’s the small things we do for others, over and over again, that are often the stuff of unrecognized heroism. Take Kids Cafe volunteer John Kathman and staff person Sheila Murray who try to motivate Kids Cafe children to do homework throughout the school year. “We set up a system where children who finish their daily homework under volunteer supervision earn a star on our “Homework Chart,” explained John who helps at the Kids Cafe once a week. “When the children earn 15 stars they are eligible for prizes.”

Thirty children have joined the homework project and six have earned gift...

Second Take Back the Site Vigil of 2016
May 11, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie and Oblates, along with the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates and the Sisters of Mercy and Associates upheld their longstanding practice of holding a vigil at the site where violence has occurred. Allen Basham, 19, was shot and killed in the 1100 block of West 26th Street in a senseless act of violence. Together with family and friends, the sisters and their oblates and associates prayed to reclaim the site for non-violence. "I have been to many of these vigils," said Sister Marilyn Schauble. "Each one is so sad. My heart goes out to the family and...

Mid-Life / Long-Life Directions for Personal and Spiritual Growth
May 9, 2016

Sister Rosanne Loneck, OSB recently offered a Mid-Life / Long-Life Directions opportunity at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. “This weekend retreat-workshop offered the chance for the 10 participants to look at mid-life, sometimes a crisis and always a time of transition,” explained Sister Rosanne. “The foundational question for this experience ─ What is the purpose of my life? ─ was the driving energy behind the presentations and sharing.”

The participants of Mid-Life / Long-Life Directions were invited to deepen their awareness of self, the world and the Divine through...

Children at Kids Cafe make Mother's Day Gifts
May 8, 2016

One thing for sure, every Kids Cafe child who wanted to give a special Mother’s Day gift had a chance to do so.

Some of the children chose to sew original aprons. “We wanted the children to enhance their sewing skills and give a gift from the heart,” explained Kids Cafe volunteer Becky Kathman who organized the Mother’s Day apron project. Becky, who began pajama sewing classes with the children in fall 2015, purchased and donated a new sewing machine to the Kids Cafe. Gretchen Mikelonis and Kathy St. George, volunteers who manage the Kids Cafe store every Wednesday, purchased the...