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Lenten Meditation

"Lent is about the holiness that suffering can bring. It is about bringing good where evil has been, about bringing love where hate has been. It is about the transformation of the base to the beautiful . . . . The point is that no one escapes suffering. It is part of the rhythm of life, part of the process of living. The question, then, is, for what are we willing to suffer?"
--Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life

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Sister Anne McCarthy reports on Strong Statement Issued by Historic Vatican Conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace
April 14, 2016

"The conference, 'Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence,' ended last evening," writes Sister Anne McCarthy, who was a participant in this historic event convened by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International. A strong statement has been issued: An Appeal to the Catholic Church to recommit to the centrality of Gospel nonviolence. "There...

St. Benedict Education Center invites you to meet Elsa Teklay
April 14, 2016

Elsa Teklay is presently featured on the St Benedict Education Center (SBEC) webpage. Elsa, an immigrant from Eritrea, a country in East Africa, credits SBEC for her ability to live happily and productively in Erie with her husband and two sons. “SBEC found me a job and now my family and I have a good life. Thank you.”

Read the full story and learn more about SBEC and Elsa.

Founded in 1988, St. Benedict Education Center is owned and administered by the...

A Match made in Heaven
April 13, 2016

“St. Benedict Child Development Center is better because of the commitment of Sisters Kate Disbrow and Beth Adams,” said Sister Diane Rabe, director. Both Sister Kate and Sister Beth recently received service awards from the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project (ECMHSP).

Sister Beth was honored for 20 years of service. “I feel delighted and proud of this achievement. I have enjoyed working with migrant children and their families,” she remarked. “Some of the children I have taught are now enrolled in Universities. One of them is an assistant teacher in our program. Nothing is...

Every Ending has a New Beginning
April 12, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie offered a prayer of blessing for Joanne Cahill upon her completion of participation in the Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience Program.

Joanne came to know the community in a new way through her living of the monastic way of life every day for seven months.

In sharing her gratitude with the community she said: “To know you are loved and cared for every day in very real ways is a gift beyond measure.”

Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Director of Monastic Formation, thanked Joanne for the...

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...

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