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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.

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What's Giving You Hope These Days?
May 5, 2016

Postulant Valerie Luckey reflects on the death of Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest, anti-war activist, and poet, in her most recent blog entry.

In reflecting on Berrigan's obituary she says, “There were two parts of the obituary that stuck out for me. One was a piece of advice he gave to the former Jesuit John Dear: "All you have to do is to make your story fit into the story of Jesus." Sounds simple, right?! The other was a question that he asked one evening around the dinner table, "What's giving you hope these...

Energized Kids
May 4, 2016

The five seminarians from Saint Mark’s who volunteered at the Kids Cafe one day a week for six months agreed on one thing: the energy of the children overwhelmed them at first and they weren’t prepared for it. But now that their time is coming to a close they find it’s the one thing they will miss.

“…after volunteering at a nursing home prior to this place, the energy level of this place was striking…but by the time we had to leave I found it an experience for which I am deeply grateful,” wrote Waylan Duncan. “I have come to enjoy the craziness of this assignment,” said Kevin...

Meet SBEC Volunteers: Bill and Marilyn Reiser
May 3, 2016

One morning, Bill Reiser offered to substitute for his sister, Marilyn, at her volunteer workplace Treasures and Such. He was impressed with the volunteers and discovered the satisfaction of helping the participants at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC). Today he is a “regular” at the store and has mastered a new currency – “Benny Bucks."

Not just a shop where clothing and household items can be purchased, Treasures and Such is an integral component of the education experience at SBEC. Many of the customers at the store are refugees and this is a living laboratory where the...

Villa Maria Girls: Day of Caring at the Mount
May 2, 2016

The student bodies from Villa Maria Academy (VMA) and Cathedral Prep, along with faculty and staff, recently spread out in the Erie community for their annual Community Outreach Day. Students from Villa Maria Academy opted to come to Mount St. Benedict Monastery and once again there was an extra treat for the sisters: The Villa Maria Show Choir. Under the direction of Andrew Alesso, the young women performed a variety of songs including: Disney Princess Songs, Time Warp, Bring Me Little Water Sylvie and an Irish Blessing. “What a delight,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble who...

Filled with Surprises
April 30, 2016

If you go to the after school program at the Emmaus Kids Cafe you can be sure you’re getting a hot and nutritious home cooked meal, but after that…you might be surprised. Recently children at the Kids Cafe were volunteers for a project conducted by Gannon University students on Yoga and Memory; participated in Poem in Your Pocket Day by pretending to be eaten by a boa constrictor among other things; and walked outside to pet a live Jersey cow and a pygmy goat.

At right, Megan Alexander, a volunteer at Kids Cafe with Gannon’s ServeMore Sophomores Program, lives on a farm in...

NAH Students take a Spring Field Trip to Glinodo
April 29, 2016

Thirty-one very excited children, all students at the Neighborhood Art House (NAH), boarded a bus to Glinodo Center in Harborcreek Wednesday afternoon. Three were participants in Lourdes Jasso's digital photography class; twenty-eight were students in one of Sister Pat's environment classes. Their destination was Sevenmile Creek. "For some, this was their first time to see or be near a creek, and they couldn't wait!" said Sister Annette Marshall, NAH Executive Director.

The photography students started their adventure at the mouth of the creek where they documented the merging of...

Gathering of Benedictine Sisters 55 & Under
April 28, 2016
Sisters Katherine Horan, Cindy Hoover,  Lynn McKenzie (President of the Federation of St. Scholastica)
Sisters Cindy Hoover and Katherine Horan

Erie Benedictine Sisters Katherine Horan and Cindy Hoover were among a group of Benedictine Sisters, age 55 and under, who recently gathered for a weekend of input and relationship-building at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, IN. Participants came from monasteries within the Federations of St. Scholastic, St. Gertrude and St. Benedict, as well as from the Congregation of Perpetual Adoration and the Missionary Benedictines of Norfolk, NE.

The theme, “New Wineskins,” took shape in a number of presentations and discussion topics revolving around the importance of...

SBEC’s Mending Place helps make Gannon University Fashion Show a Success
April 27, 2016

SBEC’s Mending Place contributes to the success of “A Style for Every Story” Fashion Show at Gannon University

What do you get when you put two seniors from Gannon University and two seamstresses from Saint Benedict’s Education Center (SBEC) together? A success story of the best kind.

Cory Johnson and Will Atonfack, seniors at Gannon University, and their advisor, Carolyn Di Placido, solicited the expertise of Pabitra Timsina and Damanta Khadka, seamstresses from The Mending Place at SBEC to assist them in a major project....

Postulant Val reflects on Community Weekend with Sister Miriam Therese Winter
April 26, 2016

Postulant Valerie Luckey experienced her first spring community weekend and Sister Miriam Therese Winter all at the same time. She reflects on what she heard and wonders if she is ready to take the quantum leap. Read all about it in her blog: Walking in the Holy Presence.

Photo: Postulant Valerie Luckey enjoys a conversation with Sister Miriam Therese Winter during community weekend.

Miriam Therese Winter and Energy: The Pulse of Life, the Power of the Spirit
April 25, 2016

“You have invited us to let go of our uncertainties and be open to the new reality of a chaotic world,” said Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Monastic Formation Director, as she thanked Medical Mission Sister Miriam Therese Winter at the conclusion of her presentations during community weekend.

Sister Miriam Therese Winter, PhD, an award-winning author of books on biblical women, feminist ritual and quantum spirituality, was the guest speaker at the community’s annual spring community weekend. She is professor of liturgy/worship, spirituality and feminist studies at Hartford Seminary in...

EARTH DAY: CRM, Children and Laudato Si'
April 22, 2016

Sisters Marian Wehler, OSB and Tina Geiger, RSM see the enthusiasm of children for the earth and its people, especially those most in need. As part of Catholic Rural Ministry (CRM) in the Oil City Deanery they work with young people in the schools, parishes and religious education programs in Venango and Clarion Counties.

“We have been showing the students in St. Stephen School in Oil City, St. Patrick’s School in Franklin and St. Joseph School in Lucinda the Laudato Si’ animation videos prepared by CAFOD (the...