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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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Bishop Persico thanks the sisters
March 14, 2016

“Thank you for your service. I express my gratitude to all of you for your life and ministry here in the Erie Diocese,” said Bishop Persico who visited with the Benedictine Sisters on Sunday afternoon as part of the celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week.

Bishop Persico had designated March 13 as “Sisters Day” in the diocese. In conjunction with that he visited the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Sisters of Mercy and the Benedictines to share his personal gratitude. He was accompanied by Sister Nancy Fischer, SSJ,...

Lent V: Some thoughts for Reflection
March 13, 2016

In the Gospel story of the woman caught in adultery, Jesus once again reminds us that his mission on earth was to show us how to live holiness. It is to be grounded in God’s love. As Christ has shown us again and again in his living, it is to be manifested in love and healing, forgiveness and inclusivity.

There are two moments in life that matter: one is when you know your one and only life is absolutely valuable and alive ─ this gives you energy and joy. The other is when you know your life, as presently lived, is entirely pointless and empty ─ this gives you limits and boundaries...

Art Show 2016 Online Gallery: The Call for Mercy
March 11, 2016

That's right ─ an online gallery! This year's show, "The Call for Mercy," was organized and staged by Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, manager of Chapter 57, the monastery gift shop. It is now available as a virtual art show. The online gallery is a first and it allows you to view and reflect on the various pieces and mercy connections made by the artists ─ all from the comfort of your own home.

The exhibit is on display at the monastery in the Chapter 57 Gallery from March 6 until April 24.


Billboards Celebrate Erie's Catholic Sisters
March 10, 2016

Several billboards around Erie and surrounding counties celebrate Catholic Sisters during National Catholic Sisters Week. At the same time, they announce that Sunday, March 13, has been declared Catholic Sisters Day in the Diocese of Erie by Bishop Persico ─ an opportunity to remember and be grateful for Catholic Sisters.

The billboards are a reminder of the commitment of Catholic Sisters. "We've been here since 1856," said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. "Through the years we have developed Benedictine ministries within our...

Admired among Erie Women
March 9, 2016

During this Women’s History Month and National Catholic Sisters Week we applaud two Benedictines who were featured in last Sunday’s HER Times, a monthly supplement to the Erie Times-News. “Erie Women We Admire” included Sister Mary Miller, Director of Emmaus Ministries, Inc. and Sister Annette Marshall, Executive Director of the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House. The entire feature is wonderful. Do check out the interviews by Rebecca Styn and see for yourself.

Reason to Celebrate
March 8, 2016

“Today is International Women’s Day,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “Here at the monastery we try to be mindful and celebrate women’s achievements each and every day.”

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8, which is now also the designated opening of National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW). Both celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.

Sister Anne added: “The Rule of Benedict (RB 72:3) explains, ‘This, then, is the good zeal which monastics must foster with fervent love: They should each try to be the first to show respect to...

2016 National Catholic Sisters Week
March 7, 2016

As part of Women’s History Month, the first National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) was launched in 2014. Since then, the week of March 8 – 14 is intended to bring greater awareness to Catholic Sisters and to help them be made known and visible on a broad national level.

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie celebrate Catholic Sisters in America. Women religious have made, and continue to make, vital and needed contributions in the areas of education, health care, criminal justice, social justice, theology, the arts, and politics.

Catholic Sisters choose to stand with the...

What is your gift?
March 7, 2016

The annual meeting of the Erie Community Foundation (ECF) will be held in June and celebrate the theme: “What is your gift?” Pictured in the ad campaign running in the Erie Times News is Patti Eichen, Development Staff at the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House (NAH).

Donors have made it possible for ECF to make gifts to many local nonprofits, among them NAH which provides the GIFT of visual, performing, literary art classes and environmental action...

The Call for Mercy─2016 Spring Art Show Opening
March 7, 2016

The Chapter 57 Gallery was lined with guests for the opening of the 2016 Spring Art Show celebrating Women’s History month and focusing on a “mercy” connection in this year designated by Pope Francis as the Year of Mercy. Each artist was asked to consider how they perceived their entry to exhibit an understanding of mercy through art and word.

“This year we are proud to exhibit the art of our Benedictine Sisters, Oblates and invited friends of the monastery,” said Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, manager of the monastery’s Chapter 57 Gift Shop and organizer of the show. “The scope of...

Lent IV: Some thoughts for Reflection
March 6, 2016

Mercy is the first attribute of God. The name of God is mercy . . . it is God’s self-giving that welcomes, that leans down to forgive.

Welcome the prodigals that come into your life daily . . . and have mercy.

Mercy is the fore that awakens in us new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.
Sister Pat Lupo, OSB, from reflections on Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32 (Parable of the Prodigal Son)

It is our duty to manifest the mercy of God . . . God calls us to show mercy – to celebrate and rejoice with the return of the lost.


Benedictine Women throughout the world
March 4, 2016

The CIB (Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum) Administrative Council met at Saint Benedict Monastery in Montserrat, Spain from January 20 to 22, 2016. Erie Benedictine, Sister Mary Jane Vergotz (pictured in back row, second from left), serves CIB as secretary.

CIB was born in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya at a meeting of representatives from women’s Benedictine communities worldwide. For some thirty years prior to that event, efforts had been underway to bring together, in a sisterly bond, the nuns and sisters consociated with the Benedictine Confederation.

While each...