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The Journey continues for Sister Valerie Luckey, Novice
September 11, 2016

“I ask that I may continue to seek God through sharing the monastic life with this Benedictine community,” responded Valerie Luckey during the Rite of Entrance into the Novitiate which took place during Evening Prayer on Saturday, September 10. Val lived as a postulant for the past year and decided to take the step to begin the next phase of initial formation.

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, shared reflections on the Gospel of Sunday (Luke 5: 1-10) as part of the ceremony. She was struck by a line that showed up...

Remembering 9/11
September 11, 2016

As we remember the heartbreaking events of 9/11, a tragedy that changed the world forever, we humbly turn to God in whom we place our hope and trust and renew our prayer for peace and nonviolence.

May my mind think no harm.
May my lips speak no harm.
May my hands do no harm.
May the children of tomorrow
bless the work I offer.

─Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB

Ice Cream Social at Emmaus Soup Kitchen
September 10, 2016

One birthday gift that Martha Hillbert, Emmaus board member and volunteer, never tires of is the ice cream sundae treat served at the soup kitchen in her honor. One of her son’s families, John and Nancy Hilbert family, have hosted and served the annual treat of Connie’s ice-cream with “all the fixins” for five consecutive years. This year Martha’s granddaughter, Olivia, brought her two best friends—Rachel Brugger and Maureen Wilson, Juniors at Villa Maria Academy who have been friends since kindergarten—to help prepare and serve the summer special.

Photo: (L-R) Rachel Brugger,...

September 9: USCCB Designated National Day of Prayer for Peace
September 9, 2016

Following a summer of violence and racial unrest across the country, Catholics are observing a Day of Prayer for Peace in communities across the United States today, September 9, as designated by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).

USCCB president, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz explained: "I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence.”

In addition to the day of...

Annual Benetwood-Benedictine Dinner
September 8, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie had the pleasure of welcoming their neighbors from Benetwood Apartments for what has become an annual event: Evening Prayer and a special dinner ─ a simple celebration of friendship, faith, food and fun.

“The Rule of Benedict is clear: All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “This event is an opportunity for us to show that welcome to our friends from Benetwood.” One guest remarked, “I feel blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful caring both at Benetwood and here at the monastery. I can...

The Season of Creation issues a challenge to all
September 7, 2016

Last week September 1st began the Season of Creation that stretches to the Feast of St. Francis on October 4th. Stewardship of the planet has been a key issue for the Pope. He has expressed his concern about climate change and how it has put the earth’s most vulnerable peoples at risk. His encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, is devoted to how we who live on this planet might leave it in a livable condition for future generations.

This year, Catholic Climate Covenant has joined with the...

Share Nature's Treasures at Taste of the Arts: Annual NAH Benefit
September 6, 2016

". . . and a good time was had by all!" That is the promise from co-chairpersons Lynne Elia and Karen Clark to all those who attend the 19th annual Taste of the Arts, Nature's Treasures, at the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House (NAH).

September 13, 2016
Neighborhood Art House
201 East 10th Street
5:00 pm
$ 75.00 per person
Reservations expected

"Taste of the Arts is an important opportunity for the children to showcase what they have learned" Sister Peg, Program Director recently explained, "and through their performance, to give...

Labor Day Mindfulness: Ora et labora
September 5, 2016

The spirit of the Rule of Benedict can be summed up in the simple motto, “Ora et Labora” – pray and work. Benedict viewed prayer and work as partners, and believed in combining contemplation with action. Work is an integral part of all human life.

As we celebrate Labor Day let us be thankful for the gift and opportunity of work; let us be mindful of those who long for just employment; let us support those unable to find work.

May God bless the work that we do for the good of all.

September 1: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
September 1, 2016

In 2015 Pope Francis declared September 1 an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Stewardship of the planet has been a key issue for the Pope. He has expressed his concern about climate change and how it has put the earth’s most vulnerable peoples at risk. His encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, is devoted to how we who live on this planet might leave it in a livable condition for future generations. Citing his encyclical he said: “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary...

Moving the theme of Nonviolence and Just Peace Forward
August 30, 2016

Erie Benedictine Sister Anne McCarthy participated in a unique international conference, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International.

Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence was held in Rome in April, 2016.

In the latest Enrichment Series offering Sister Anne reflected on this experience and the impact that it had on her: "It was humbling to be part of this historic conference on nonviolence. Reading reflection papers from 85 invited participants just blew...

Meet SBEC Volunteer: Dolores Mosakowski
August 29, 2016

Dolores Mosakowski was recruited by a fellow volunteer to the team at Treasures and Such but it is Sister Dorothy Stoner, worksite coordinator at SBEC, who keeps her coming back each week. “She is so kind and generous with people and is always willing to try new things” is the way Dolores describes Sister Dorothy. Dolores was immediately impressed with how responsive the staff at SBEC is to those it serves.

Her work with the participants at SBEC, many of whom are refugees, has had a deep impact on her. “It gets you thinking how it would be if I were in their place. I give them a lot...