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Lenten Meditation

"Lent is about the holiness that suffering can bring. It is about bringing good where evil has been, about bringing love where hate has been. It is about the transformation of the base to the beautiful . . . . The point is that no one escapes suffering. It is part of the rhythm of life, part of the process of living. The question, then, is, for what are we willing to suffer?"
--Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life

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Sister Marilyn Schauble sings with the North East Choral Club
May 23, 2016

With a Song in My Heart was the theme of the annual spring concert presented by the North East Choral Club (NECC) at Park United Methodist Church. Sister Marilyn Schauble, a member of the group, shared, “After singing in several local nursing homes we decided to end our season with one last performance in North East. NECC is a special group of women. I am happy to be a part of NECC and am grateful for the opportunity to do one of the things I love most─ sing!”

This year’s presentation included a guest performance by a men’s chorus formed for the event. Rob Taylor, an...

New from Benetvision: The Legacy of Leadership by Joan Chittister
May 23, 2016

Prayer for Leadership
Give us, O God,
leaders whose hearts are large enough
to match the breadth of our own souls
and give us souls strong enough
to follow leaders of vision and wisdom.

In seeking a leader, let us seek
more than development for ourselves—
though development we hope for,
more than security for our own land—
though security we need,
more than satisfaction for our wants—
though many things we desire.

Give us the hearts to choose the leader
who will work with other leaders...

Penny Contest Benefits Emmaus Ministries
May 21, 2016

Each year the students at Collegiate Academy hold a “penny war” where homerooms compete to raise money for a local organization that was selected by the student council. This year Emmaus Ministries was the student choice and Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus, attended a presentation ceremony where she received a check for over $1,000. That’s a lot of pennies.

Photo: Sister Mary Miller, Emmaus Ministries, with Collegiate Academy students
(L-R) Danielle Wieczorek, Audrey Ward, Abby Braggins, Michael Lin, Sister Mary, Jada Rossman, Noah Sheldon, Nico Lombardo and Adam...

Sister Audrey Gets ready for SBA Spring Luncheon
May 20, 2016

“You won’t find another bowl like this one,” said Sister Audrey Steff as she showed the bowl made from spalted maple to Sister Rosanne Kolbas. “When wood is on the damp ground, a fungus invades the wood and leaves dark black and brown lines in it,” explained Sister Audrey. “This is called ‘spalting’ and the wood is considered to be in a dying mode. I would rather call it a rebirth. The unique characteristics of this bowl make it a real treasure.”

Sister Audrey has been busy turning wood pieces for sale at the annual SBA (St. Benedict Academy) Spring Luncheon being held on Saturday,...

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...