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O God, Hear our Prayer
April 14, 2017

Tenebrae: a series of psalms and lamentations and a meditation on the events of salvation running from the Last Supper to the entombment.

The candles of the Tenebrae candelabra are lit and then extinguished in order to denote the almost complete abandonment of Christ by the apostles. Nevertheless, the unrecognized light of Christ is not destroyed, as the 15th candle gives evidence. In the midst of the deepening darkness, the light of this candle still shines.

Easter Candy for Emmaus Guests
April 13, 2017

Who doesn’t enjoy chocolates and sweet treats? Thanks to Romolo Chocolates, guests at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen will enjoy delicious candies this Easter.

“Receiving Easter candy might seem like such a simple thing,” Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, “but for some of our guests, it can be a thoughtful gift. Where else would some of our guests be able to get something so lovely and delicious?”

Romolo Chocolates owner and master confectioner, Tony Stefanelli, donated 30 pounds of jelly beans and one full case of foiled eggs, candies which exceed $700.


Let the Easter Egg Fun Begin
April 12, 2017

Benedictines cultivate beauty whenever they can – even in the art of Easter egg decorating. The annual event, organized by Sister Helen Heher who attends to every detail with such care that you can’t help but want to decorate eggs, was a prelude to the special days of the Easter Triduum the community will soon celebrate. “This is such a fun time,” said Sister Marilyn, one of the egg decorators. “The lightheartedness and energy in the room was contagious as we all worked at creating something beautiful.”

Eggs are symbolic of new life and for Christians decorated Easter eggs are a...

In Memoriam: Sister Sallie Harrington, OSB
April 11, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Sallie Harrington who entered into eternal rest on April 10, 2017. Please join us in prayer for Sister Sallie.





Addressing Food Insecurity
April 11, 2017

There are many insecurities we face: weight insecurities, relationship insecurities, job insecurities… but have you ever heard of food insecurities?

Emmaus Soup Kitchen was a recipient of a project based on addressing food insecurities in the local Erie area held by three Gannon University Honor Societies.

Food insecurity, says the flyer Gannon students shared on campus and with their neighboring community, is “having inadequate access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food. One in three people in Erie county seek assistance through food pantries, soup...

Journeys Ended, Journeys Begun
April 9, 2017

Journeys Ended, Journeys begun--Lent draws to a close, Holy Week begins. The journey continues. Opportunities to accompany Jesus in the situations of our life and world surround us. Meaning is found in the willingness and courage to join the procession and uphold those in need. In embracing the brokenness in our world and in being a healing presence in our communities and our families, we can learn to live from the source of peace that we call God. The procession reveals; the journey teaches. Join the journey of Jesus in this week called Holy.

Journeys ended, journeys begun:...

Stone with a Message
April 7, 2017

Something unusual happened at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen recently: A volunteer in the family dining room found Sister Karen Oprenchok and said: “There’s a new family here carrying a rock with a written message on it telling them to eat at Emmaus.”

When Sister Karen went to meet the family with four children, they were eating the meal with the other families. “Our church, Holy Cross in Fairview, has a special Lenten practice in which all parishioners took a rock with a message on it,” one of the family members told Sister Karen. Their rock said: “Eat an evening meal at the Emmaus Soup...

A dynamic woman named Miriam makes history
April 5, 2017

Sister Miriam McMullen-Pastrick was named among the Dynamic Dozen honored at the Women Making History 2017 annual event sponsored by the Mercy Center for Women and held on April 4. For the past 25 years 12 phenomenal women from Erie County have been recognized each year. Miriam is now counted among them because she, too, has made a difference in the lives of countless people.

“My passion is public speaking,” declares Miriam whenever she describes her life’s work. That life of dedication to communication has taken many forms through the years: high school forensics, speech...

Hold fast to hope, the fragile flowers shout
April 4, 2017

Read this story from Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB in which she shares why she has walked the Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace since 1980.

The story appeared in the April 7-20, 2017 print issue of the National Catholic Reporter.


20,000 miles away from home
April 4, 2017

There aren’t many women who travel 20,000 miles to become a “Riepper” but that’s exactly what Colleen Leathley, did. After spending a month as an observer Colleen, born in New Zealand and currently living and working in Australia, was initiated into the Benedicta Riepp program on April 3 with a simple ceremony. During the ritual Colleen expressed her desire to journey with and live monastic life with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for the next 5 months. With the assurance of the community’s support she pronounced and...

Registration open for 10th Annual Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk--June 3
April 3, 2017

Are you interested in walking or running for a great cause? If so, the Neighborhood Art House has just the opportunity for you! Register to participate as a runner or walker, as an individual, family or as part of a team using the on-line form or download a form to complete and mail to the Art House. There's a new opportunity as well, a 1k Fun Run for Kids open to children ages 6-12; it will begin at 10:00 am. If you would like to be part of the 10th Anniversary event, but not as a...