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NEW BOOK: Radical Spirit: 12 Ways to Live a Free and Authentic Life
May 8, 2017

Feeling burnt-out from life, strung-out from social media, and put out by a society that always wants more from you? Beloved nun and social activist Joan Chittister, who appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, offers a practical, character-building, and inspirational guide to help you take control of your emotional life and redirect your spiritual destiny.

Click on book cover photo and listen to Joan Chittister read from her new book: Radical Spirit.


Emmaus benefits from Harley-Davidson
May 6, 2017

Motorcycles, fashion shows, and Emmaus: what do they have in common? This year, they unified in one event, the Spring Open House at the Harley-Davidson of Erie on April 29th.

The Open House featured a biker fashion show, in which springtime rider gear was highlighted. In exchange for “biker cash,” or a 20% off coupon, customers were encouraged to bring in a food donation for Emmaus Ministries.

“A few customers came in to the store during the Open House and didn’t know about our special event,” said Kelly Tombaugh, the fashion show organizer and donation collector. “So we told...

Reading by Women Writers
May 5, 2017

Twenty women who attend sessions at The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th, participated in public reading there on Wednesday, May 3. “We had a standing-room only crowd that couldn’t have been more positive and enthusiastic,” said Mary Lou Kownacki, coordinator of The Writing Studio. “I was especially pleased with the diversity of the readers and audience—a good representation of ages and races and professions.”

The Poet Laureate of Erie County and Joan Chittister, an award-winning Erie author, were guest readers. Sister Joan read from her new book...

Emmaus Ministries and the Crop Hunger Walk Luncheon
May 3, 2017

Emmaus Ministries was one of 25 local agencies that received a donation from the Erie County Crop Hunger Walk.

These walks take place around the country and are organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. In 2016, the Erie Crop Hunger Walk collected $59,000 in donations and shared 25% with local Erie agencies attempting to fight hunger.

The awards were given at an appreciation luncheon where the Crop Hunger Walk board recognized the commitment and compassion of volunteers, sponsors, walkers, donors, and hunger-fighting...

Women's Reading, Wednesday, May 3: Free and Open to the Public
May 2, 2017

Women who have been meeting at The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th, for writing workshops will host a public reading.

Liz Allen, long-time columnist for the Erie Times-News, and the Poet Laureate of Erie County, Marisa Moks-Unger, will also read from their works.

Special guest Sister Joan Chittister will read from her new book, Radical Spirit.

The reading is free and light refreshments will be served.

Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Benedictine Sisters and Oblates join in Erie Climate Change March
May 1, 2017

On the 100th day of Trump’s presidency more than 300,000 people in Washington DC and across the country joined together in a powerful demonstration of unity for jobs, justice, and climate action. The people of Erie, including Benedictine Sisters and oblates, were out in full force to take part in Erie’s Climate Change March which was hosted by Our Water, Our Air, Our Rights, co-Sponsored by Erie Benedictines for Peace, the Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of Mercy, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Unitarian Universalist...

2017 Erie Poem in Your Pocket Day
May 1, 2017

The Writing Studio and the Erie County Library, in partnership with local groups promoting literacy, education and the arts, celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 27. The Erie event took place on National Poem in Your Pocket Day, which has been celebrated since 2002 as part of National Poetry Month in April.

From Erie’s Bayfront to Summit Township, volunteers fanned out Thursday to pass out poems rolled into scrolls and tied with ribbons. The poems come from “Poem in Your Pocket for Young Poets” and “Poem in Your Pocket: 200 Poems to Read and Carry.” Both volumes are...

People's Climate March in Erie
April 28, 2017

Join us in Erie on April 29th as we march in solidarity with People's Climate marches to be held in Washington D.C. and in cities around the world.

Our march will start at the East Avenue Boat Ramp at 2 pm. We will pass by the Erie Coke Plant, which was recently singled out for toxic emissions in the Erie Reader and we will end our march at Wayne Park on E. 6th for a rally/speakers/music until 4 pm.

Please bring friends and family as well as signs!


Another award for Sister Pat Lupo
April 28, 2017

The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners recognized Sister Pat Lupo of the Neighborhood Art House for her 18 plus years of service to the youth of public housing. Some of her activities have included raised gardens at the John E. Horan Garden Apartments, Ostrow Apartments and Erie Heights, coordinating the yearly International Coastal Clean-up at McDannell Run in the John E. Horan Garden Apartments, the development of a wetlands area adjacent to McDannell Run, teaching environment programs to youth and partnering with...

Packing for the Camino: Carrying Monastic Life to New Generations
April 27, 2017
Sisters Anne Wambach, Edith Bogue, Stephanie Schmidt

Meet Sister Edith Bogue, a Benedictine from Duluth, MN who currently serves as Vocation Minster and Oblate Director for the Benedictines of St. Scholastica Monastery. Trained in sociology and social work she has honed in on the important topic of nurturing and carrying monastic life forward in the 21st century. Sister Edith was the presenter for the community’s April weekend, speaking on the topic: Packing for the Camino: Carrying Monastic Life to New Generations.

Using the analogy of the Camino—a pilgrimage, a walk, a quest of some kind taken in order to ask and hopefully answer...

Joan Chittister and Cokie Roberts—Electric!
April 26, 2017

At last night’s Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series it was hard not to think of the song that made the Electric Slide dance famous back in the late 1980s: “It’s electric . . . you can’t see it . . . it’s electric . . . you gotta feel it . . . it’s electric . . . .” What a perfect way to describe the tangible spirit that seemed to pervade the entire evening, an evening electrified by 2 women in conversation that drew 800 people to crowd the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst University.

Local author and activist...