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Celebrating Success
August 28, 2017

Erie Gives Day 2017 came to a successful conclusion with the presentation of checks to the participating nonprofit agencies, among them the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Emmaus Ministries and the Neighborhood Art House. It was a happy and excited group that gathered last week at the Erie Zoo. Representatives of the various nonprofits had been invited to participate in a celebration of the campaign’s...

$1 a Paycheck
August 25, 2017

What does a donation of $1 a paycheck add up to? Quite a bit, actually, when the whole staff pools their donations and chooses a charity to share it with.

This is what happened at the Subway in Edinboro on Washington Towne Blvd. Employees participated in a friendly competition: whichever employee sold the most promo sandwiches each month won the opportunity to choose which charity the pool of donations would go to.

When Madison Seaher, a college student, sold the most promo sandwiches, she chose to donate the pool - which came to $200 - to Emmaus Ministries.


Good memories re-visited
August 22, 2017

What a nice surprise to have a visit from Dave Beringer, Omaha, NE. Dave, now retired from BCDM Architects was the architect for the renovation and redesign of the monastery chapel, a project that was completed in 2007. He is pictured with some members of the original Chapel Project Task Force (L-R: Dave, Sisters Charles Marie, Charlotte, and Marilyn). It was great to reminisce about a wonderful experience that resulted in a beautiful outcome.


In Memoriam: Sister Dona Obenrader, OSB
August 21, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Dona Obenrader who entered into eternal rest on August 19, 2017. Please join us in prayer for Sister Dona.





October 1: SBA Association is sponsoring a Designer Purse Bingo
August 21, 2017

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

Sunday, October 1, is the date and 1:00 p.m. is the start time with doors opening at 12:00 noon, at the Harborcreek Social Hall, 7275 Buffalo Road, Harborcreek, PA 16421. The event will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

The donation of $25.00 per ticket includes bingo cards for the entire evening.

Tip boards, raffles and small games of chance are among the other activities in which you can participate.

Wine and Beer will be available and...

Celebrate Erie
August 20, 2017

While enjoying the annual Celebrate Erie Days, Aug. 18-20, Sisters Mary Miller and Mary Lou Kownacki took the opportunity to join with others across the country who were speaking out against bigotry and racism. “We think one of the best things to celebrate in Erie is its diverse population,” explained Sister Mary Miller, “so we wore these simple signs while walking through the festival.” The signs read: “Celebrate Erie’s diversity. No to hatred.”

As Vincent Van Gogh said: "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." Making a sign, spreading a message,...

The Erie Benedictines stand with LCWR in the Condemnation of Racism in All its Forms
August 18, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters stand with the Leadership Conference on Women Religious (LCWR) in the condemnation of racism in all forms. We accept and support the LCWR statement issued in response to the Charlottesville tragedy and the increase of violence on the part of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist groups.

Together with women religious throughout the nation we pray for our country and renew our commitment, through faithfulness to the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict, to help create...

Setting moon, rising sun
August 17, 2017

Was it a childhood fantasy or the beginning of a call, wonders Sister Linda Romey as she writes about an early life experience in her latest essay at Global Sisters Report. And, what if she were a millennial today—where would she turn to satisfy the longing in her heart? Yes, women are still called today. How do we help them follow their passion in creative ways? Linda shares some ideas to explore from Diarmiud O’Murchu’s new book, Religious Live in the 21st Century: The Prospect of Refounding and Benedictine Laura Swan’s book, The Wisdom...