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The Passionate Teacher with Dancing Hands
May 1, 2019

“You are a woman of wisdom and we thank you for sharing with us the wisdom that comes from experience and reflection,” said Sister Stephanie Schmidt to Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA at the end of community weekend. Sister Dianne, her hands dancing with expression, shared her expertise in the Old Testament with the community and oblates in several sessions dedicated to the Old Testament Wisdom Tradition. She pointed out that “wisdom results from reflecting on personal experience and the wise person is the person who has survived life.”

Over the course of the weekend, Sister Dianne...

LCWR Social Media Campaign – Standing Against Racism—May 1
May 1, 2019

“We have the critical responsibility as leaders to lead through the awareness of our racism and the consequences of white privilege, our unconscious bias.” – Sister Teresa Maya, CCVI, 2018 LCWR Presidential Address


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Maintenance Move-over Make-Over a success
April 30, 2019

The maintenance room has undergone a move-over and make-over and today was the open house. The paint room is now the office and the office now the paint room but today it was a party room—set up and decorated by Sister Helen Heher and sporting coffee and donuts and the best ever home-made cookies baked by Gary Good, head of maintenance. Sisters and staff flocked downstairs to see the renovated space, hear about the improvements and enjoy the treats. “We are blessed with the best,” said Sister Charles Marie, Director of Physical Resources. “Gary Good, Dan Welch and Jim Steenburgh work as a...

Sisters Phyllis Schleicher and Mary Hoffman Honored
April 29, 2019

Through prayer, presence and programs Sisters Phyllis Schleicher and Mary Hoffman have ministered to the people in McKean and Potter counties for almost 20 years as part of Catholic Rural Ministry (CRM) of the Bradford Deanery, an outreach sponsored by the Diocese of Erie. During that time they have also volunteered with the PA Department of Aging as part of the Ombudsman Program—a program designed to support and empower consumers by resolving individual complaints involving long-term care service while...

Jacqueline Small enters the Postulancy
April 28, 2019

Jacqueline Small, 26 years old, is an oblate and a staff member of Monasteries of the Heart and Benetvision and now a postulant. "When I first encountered this community as an intern with Sister Joan Chittister in the summer of 2015, I was a graduate student, working toward degrees in divinity and social work, hoping that these would prepare me for a life of seeking God and serving others. The sisters of this community showed me what such a life could look like: grounded, humble, simple, joyful, challenging, committed to peace and justice, interdependent, ancient, innovative …. After much...

Youth Pledge their Care for the Earth
April 26, 2019

On a recent visit to St. Stephen School, Oil City, Sisters Marian Wehler, OSB and Tina Geiger, RSM, of Catholic Rural Ministry, were pleased to experience a growing understanding among the students of the responsibility they share for the care of the earth. “When the 5th grade students heard that the theme for Earth Day 2019 was ‘Protect our Species,’ they decided to take it seriously,” said Sister Marian. She and Sister Tina have been working with teachers and students to foster greater environmental awareness. “Becoming more mindful of the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of...

Do you have a poem in your pocket?
April 25, 2019

All around Erie people are carrying a poem in their pocket thanks to the many folks who participated in the poetry hand-out organized by The Writing Studio, a collective of women writers and literary advocates located at The Studio at St. Mary’s A Space to Create, 310 E. 10th Street.

There are many stories to tell about the success of the event but this particular one is too good not to be shared:

Sister Carol Ann McLaughlin and Rusty, her therapy dog, decided to join the effort and handed out poems at a local nursing...

April 25, 2019

A dozen local businesses and non-profits will be handing out free poems to customers and clients on National Poem in Your Pocket Day, Thursday, April 25, according to The Writing Studio, a women’s collective, that is organizing the event.

Local coffee shops (Embers & Forge, Brew Ha Ha, Tipsy Bean), the Erie Public Library, some local businesses and non-profits (Kraus Department Store, Pressed Bookstore, Emmaus Soup Kitchen, St. Benedict Child Development Center), St. Vincent Hospital and assisted living centers (St. Mary’s East, Brevillier Village, Springhill Senior Living) are...

LCWR Social Media Campaign—Standing Against Racism—April 24
April 24, 2019

To say that black lives matter is not to say that all lives don’t matter. To use St. Paul’s metaphor, it is to say that one part of the body is in pain and needs the attention of the whole body. It is to say that the whole body is not functioning, because the body is suffering from the disease of racism and white supremacy. That disease does not just impact people of color. It impacts the whole body. – Heidi Russell, 2018 LCWR Keynote Address


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Sister Pat Lupo to be interviewed about HECA on local talk radio show
April 23, 2019

On Wednesday, April 24, 5:00-5:30 pm, tune your radio to 1530 AM, 105.9 FM in the City of Erie and 103.3 FM south of Interstate 90 in Erie County. Erie environmentalists Sister Pat Lupo and Dr. Mike Campbell will be guests on The Joel Natalie Show to discuss Hold Erie Coke Accountable (HECA). This show is part of, a new voice that went on air in January, 2019.

TalkErie exists to change the...

Move-In Day
April 22, 2019

Surrounded by care; upheld in prayer. For Jacqueline Small the journey continues. Several members of the community lent a hand to welcome this postulant-to-be and help her move in. Jackie has been discerning a vocation to the monastic way of life with Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, and will soon begin her postulancy, the first stage of initial monastic formation.

In her Little Blog for Beginners, Jackie reflects on this next step in her journey. In addition to boxes and bags she...