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July 4: Independence Day
July 3, 2016

July 4 gives Americans reason to celebrate. Gratitude for the gift of freedom will be marked with cookouts and family time, parades and parties. In the midst of this day on which we give thanks for our many blessings let us take time to reflect and pray; let us be renewed to continue the good work that was begun when America became an independent nation in 1776.

When the United States was young, its ideals high, its goals so blazing and brilliant in a world whose ideas had grown old and sclerotic, no effort to achieve them was too much, no failure fatal. Now freedom has new...

Sunday, July 3, 7:00 PM
July 2, 2016

Come to enjoy a summer concert at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on Sunday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m. Duo Polaris: Kirill Kalmykov and Julia Haager will perform music for cello and piano.

This professional Calgary-based husband/wife duo will share a program inspired by their passion for travelling. It will feature chamber music masterpieces by the great European composers Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Manuel de Falla.

Selections of Schubert's most beloved songs as well as a vocal suite by de Falla transcribed for cello and piano will also...

Meet an SBEC Employer:Goodwill Industries
June 30, 2016

Most of us know Goodwill as the place where we bring clothing and household items no longer needed. While that is true, the mission of Goodwill is much broader. “Most people think of Goodwill as a donation center. That’s true, but everything we do is about developing job skills.” comments Jeremy Dale, district manager for Northwestern PA/Northeastern OH. (Pictured are April Peoples, Manager Erie and Jeremy Dale) It is no wonder that SBEC has found a natural partner in Goodwill Industries.

Some of the program participants at SBEC are not quite ready for employment or have not yet...

Novices share NADI Experience with the Community
June 28, 2016

“NADI 2016 met its goal,” said Sister Karen Oprenchok, novice. “With Expanding Hearts was the theme of the Institute and we returned to our home communities with expanded hearts.”

Sister Karen, along with Sister Dina Lauricella, also a novice, and Novice Director, Sister Stephanie Schmidt, recently attended the annual Novice and Directors Institute (NADI) held at St. Benedict Monastery, St. Joseph, MN.

At an evening of sharing with the community, Sisters Dina and Karen explained how NADI provided an opportunity for novices and directors to meet, support, and learn about the...