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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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Episcopal Cathedral Deans Visit the Monastery and Pray with the Sisters
April 11, 2016

The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie hosted the annual Conference of North American Cathedral Deans, April 7-10. The Opening Evening Prayer with the Cathedral Choir featured a forum with Sister Joan Chittister who gave a major presentation: “Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope.”

In addition, Reverend John Downey, rector of Erie’s Episcopal Cathedral, arranged for the deans and their spouses to visit Mount Saint Benedict. “We were pleased and honored to welcome the group and have them join us for our...

Sister Mary Miller receives the Oscar Romero Award from Mercyhurst University
April 9, 2016

Sister Mary Miller, Director of Emmaus Ministries, received the Oscar Romero Social Justice Award from Mercyhurst University. “This marks the 25th anniversary of this award,” said Robert von Thaden, Jr., Ph.D., chair and associate professor of religious studies, “It is our honor to present it to a woman who has been an advocate for the poor and who has done a prodigious amount of work on behalf of the voiceless.”

“For 35 years, Sister Mary has embraced the poor and hungry of...

Benedictine Sister to Attend Unprecedented Rome Conference on Nonviolence
April 7, 2016

Sister Anne McCarthy will be attending an unprecedented conference to review Catholic teaching on peacemaking in Rome, April 11-13. “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence” is being convened by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International.

Planned during the Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, the conference will initiate a...

Great things happening at St. Benedict Education Center with the help of United Way Erie
April 6, 2016

St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) is one of sixteen sites in the greater Erie area that participates in the United Way Erie Free Taxes program administered by the United Way of Erie County. Funded by Erie Community Foundation, United Way of Erie County, and an IRS grant, along with North East, Corry, and Union City community foundations, the program offers free tax preparation assistance to low-moderate income families.

According to Cheryl Bates, program director of United Way of Erie County, the program recruits volunteers from the community as well as students from the local...

The Solemnity of Benedict
April 5, 2016

The Solemnity of Benedict is celebrated April 5 this year since Holy Week preceded the actual date of March 21.

We join Benedictines around the world and commemorate the passing (transitus) of Benedict. It is a day on which we give thanks for the wisdom and insight of Benedict's Rule as we ask for the continued grace to embrace the monastic way of life with energy and excitement.

From A Monastery Almanac by Joan Chittister, OSB

March 21: The [solemnity] of Benedict: The life...

Step into Poetry
April 4, 2016

April’s HER Times (Erie, PA news for women) includes a special article by Rebecca Styn. “Erie steps up to poetry,” recognizes National Poetry Month which celebrates its 20th Anniversary; it is also an affirmation of Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, Benedictine Sister and poet.

Sister Mary Lou and her commitment to “Step into Poetry,” an upcoming public art project in which she is involved, are featured in the article.

“Step into Poetry” is an initiative of the newly organized Writing Studio, a collective...

Spring Ministry Trip with a Twist
April 3, 2016

Spring Ministry Trip with a twist brought six staff and faculty members from Canisius College to the Mount. They enjoyed a mini-experience of the service trips that so many students have enjoyed through the years.

Sarah Signorino, Canisius Campus Ministry and an oblate with the Erie Benedictines, worked out the arrangements with Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director and college...

Art&Sole 2016: Register Now
April 1, 2016

Mark your calendar! The 9th Annual Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk will welcome 400+ runners and walkers on Saturday, June 11, 9:00 am at the Neighborhood Art House.

Whether you are using on-line registration or paper forms, each participant will need an individual registration form even if they are participating as a member of a team or taking advantage of the price reduction for families. Use the registration forms available here to register on-line or to download a...

Walking in the Holy Presence
March 30, 2016

Check out Postulant Valerie Luckey’s blog and read her reflections on the Triduum and Easter: Alleluia for Life. In Walking in the Holy Presence Val shares her journey with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.





Mercyhurst to honor Sister Mary Miller with Oscar Romero Award
March 30, 2016

Mary Miller, OSB, director of Erie’s Emmaus Ministries since 1980, will receive the 2016 Archbishop Oscar Romero Award during ceremonies at Mercyhurst University on Friday, April 8.

“Sister Mary Miller beautifully exemplifies Archbishop Romero’s particular concern for the poor and marginalized of society,” noted Verna Ehret, associate professor of religious studies. The Religious Studies Department has been presenting the award since 1991 to individuals or organizations “living the call of faith and justice in an extraordinary manner.”

Sister Mary Miller will also deliver the...

In Memoriam: Sister Kathleen Warner, OSB
March 27, 2016
Sister Kathleen Warner, OSB

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Kathleen Warner who entered into eternal rest on March 24, 2016. Please join us in prayer for Sister Kathleen.