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Postulant Valerie Luckey Requests Entrance into the Novitiate
August 9, 2016

“Ever since I decided to begin seeking with this community two years ago and entered the postulancy a year later, the word that has centered me has been authenticity,” said Postulant Val. “This is because I am seeking the place that is the best fit for me as I journey toward my authentic self. And, for me, that journey is the journey of seeking God fully.”

At a special chapter meeting of the community Postulant Val Luckey requested entrance into the novitiate. “During my postulancy, more than ever, I have learned that I am responsible for that journey [of seeking God fully]; and...

Today is the Day
August 9, 2016

TODAY, Tuesday, August 9, is ERIE GIVES DAY. Between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. EST a percentage match of your donation will expand your contribution to support Neighborhood Art House programming for inner-city children or services to guests at Emmaus Ministries Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Kids' Cafe.

The Erie Community Foundation is sponsoring Erie Gives to help local nonprofit organizations raise funds needed for their various missions.


A blessing offered, a blessing received
August 8, 2016

“It was such an honor,” said Sister Carolann McLaughlin as she reflected on her part in the 21st annual Walk for Small Animals event. Sister Carolann offered the blessing that opened the fundraiser for Because You Care, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to the welfare of small animals. “Being chosen to give the blessing to animals and owners alike for such a worthy cause was special.” Sister Carolann, along with her dog, Rusty, has been active in ...

Jubilarians Celebrate 70 and 60 Years of Faithfulness
August 6, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie opened their annual August community days earlier this week with a special evening prayer and a renewal of vows by this year’s jubilarians. Sisters Benradette Lorei and Mary Daniel Meahl renewed their monastic vows in celebration of 70 years of profession and Sisters Joachim Frey, Dorothy Szczypinski, Norma Jean Kingsley, Rosanne-Lindal-Hynes, Claire Marie Surmik and Janet Staab renewed their monastic vows in celebration of 60 years of profession. A festive dinner honoring the jubilarians followed.

During the dinner community members had the...

Emmaus Kids Cafe Children--Splash Lagoon and More
August 5, 2016

What annual event do you look forward to? A family picnic? A visit from your best friend from high school? A traditional Christmas Eve celebration? It’s a unanimous vote from the children at the Emmaus Kids Cafe –“our summer trip to Splash Lagoon!!”

And, once again, thanks to the generosity of a few, they were not disappointed. Businessman Denny Oswalt began this annual end of summer treat 15 years ago and, following his untimely death, others stepped forward. Matt and Rachel Gregoroff solicited the support of their parish, Russian Church of the Nativity, to subsidize the first...

Another Successful Summer for SBEC Intern
August 2, 2016

“I am required to complete two summers of service at various agencies of my choice,” Tyler Allen, a Bonner Scholar at Allegheny College, explained. “Having had a positive experience at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC)in Meadville, PA last summer, I contacted SBEC in Erie requesting to work with the refugee population.”

The internship turned into an unexpected way of working with the SBEC refugee population. “Although Tyler did not work directly with the refugees...

Podcast: The Evolution of Sister Joan
August 1, 2016

A 60 minute podcast consisting of an interview with Tom Roberts on his award-winning book, Joan Chittister: Her Journey from Certainty to Faith and interspersed with powerful excerpts of Sister Joan lecturing is now available.

The interview, “The Evolution of Sister Joan,” was conducted by...

Faith Communities Demonstrate their Commitment to Environmental Action at DNC
July 30, 2016

“We believe that we are called as Faith Communities to demonstrate our commitment to environmental action and to do it in partnership with environmental organizations, local communities, and civic and governmental entities,” explained Sister Pat Lupo, a noted leader in environmental advocacy, before heading to Philadelphia to participate in the March for a Clean Energy Revolution on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week. Benedictine Sisters and...