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Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers: A day of Courage and Commitment
February 28, 2018

“This morning the community prayed from Psalm 86: ‘Teach me your ways, O God, that I may walk in your truth’—a line even more powerful in light of yesterday’s witness,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, in speaking of the group of more than 40 sisters, priests and lay people who were arrested in the Capitol Rotunda as part of an organized effort urging lawmakers to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children.

Included in the group arrested were Benedictines for Peace members: Sister...

New Content Posted to CARE
February 28, 2018

The Committee for Alternative Resource Energy — CARE—web page has some new content. Click here for more information about an opportunity to view the sequel to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" on March 1 at the Hirt Auditorium in Erie’s Blasco Library. New postings also include 10 Solutions to reverse Climate Change and an article entitled Transportation Number 1 in Carbon...

Upholding those participating in Catholic Action for Dreamers
February 27, 2018

“Today is National Catholic Day of Action with Dreamers. We uphold the women religious and many supporters who are joining in nonviolent civil disobedience in the nation’s capital,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “Benedictines for Peace (BFP) members: Sister Anne McCarthy, Oblate Jacqueline Small, Sam Miller, Breanna Mekully and Tinamarie Stolz, will participate in the action that advocates for a clean DREAM act by urging Catholic lawmakers to embrace the principles of Catholic social teaching and to protect from...

Catholic Day of Action with DREAMERS
February 23, 2018

On Tuesday, February 27th at 10:30 a.m. members of Benedictines for Peace (BFP): Sister Anne McCarthy, Oblate Jacqueline Small, Breanna Mekully and Sam Miller, will gather with Catholic sisters from across the country outside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, to advocate for a clean DREAM Act without any further delay.

Women religious and supporters will urge House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Catholic lawmakers to embrace the principles of Catholic social teaching and protect more...

Canisius Service Trip: mini yet meaningful
February 22, 2018

“The mini-ministry trip was short but sweet and full of new and meaningful experiences for the group from Canisius College who spent Sunday through Tuesday with us,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director and contact person and organizer of the three days.

In addition to praying with and sharing meals with the sisters, the group had the opportunity to be of service in a number of ways at a variety of Benedictine ministries that included: Benetvision, Benetwood Apartments, Emmaus Soup Kitchen, St. Benedict Community Center, the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House,...

Emmaus benefits from $50,000 donation from the JEM Charitable Foundation
February 20, 2018

"In lieu of flowers," the obituary said, "please send donations to Emmaus Ministries." And with that simple statement found in a childhood friend's obituary, a Board Member of JEM Charitable Foundation encouraged fellow board members to make a $50,000 donation to Emmaus Ministries.

Soon before he passed away, the late president of Glenwood Beer Distributors, Jim Mantyla, established the JEM Charitable Foundation to provide financial donations to Erie's St. Peter Cathedral, St. Mary's Home, and scholarships for students at Cathedral Preparatory School and Gannon University.


Mini-ministry experience begins for group from Canisius College
February 18, 2018

The mini-ministry experience has begun for a group from Canisius College. Six students along with one mentor and one faculty member arrived just in time for Sunday liturgy. For the next couple of days they will pray and eat with the community and serve in community ministries. In addition they will receive input on monastic values and have an art as meditation experience, too.

“We are happy to welcome the group,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, Director of Vocations, who works closely with Canisius through the year and arranges a...

Handmade Valentines for the guests at Emmaus
February 17, 2018

When is the last time someone gave you a handmade valentine?

This Valentine's Day, each guest of Emmaus Soup Kitchen received a unique valentine, courtesy of listeners of the 106.3 WCTL radio station.

For the fourth year in a row, the radio station collected handmade cards during its Healing Hearts Project. The valentines which came in different sizes, styles, and forms were created by people of all ages who gathered to make the cards in groups - such as scout troops, Sunday school classes, or youth groups - or during the WCTL's Healing Hearts Day at Millcreek Mall, where...

Benedictine Sisters of Erie respond to senseless act of gun violence in Florida
February 15, 2018

On February 14, 2018, our nation witnessed, yet again, a horrific mass shooting. We, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, are grief-stricken by the senseless loss of life and severe injury to the minds, hearts and spirits of the many who were part of this traumatic happening at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

We uphold in prayer the victims and their loved ones, the perpetrator, and the countless number of students, families, teachers, administrators, first responders, and law enforcement personnel who have been deeply affected by this irrational act of...

Discover your Inner Artist
February 14, 2018

The Discover Your Inner Artist series returns with Acrylic Painting on Friday, March 2, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Tap into that “inner artist” under the direction of artist and Neighborhood Art House teacher, Mary Kay Geary. New to painting? – this is for you! You’ve attended before? – expand your skills with a new painting. This class for adults will not exceed 15 participants, so register early: 455-5508 or Your registration fee of $35 includes all materials, snacks and soft drinks...

Lent and the culture of encounter
February 13, 2018

Lent begins. The annual 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The journey to Easter and the expectation of resurrection.

“If you were to enter the monastery chapel you would know a new season has begun,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “You encounter the cross positioned in the center of the worship space; a purple candle invites peace and contemplation; the Word of God is visible and the open book issues an unspoken invitation to listen deeply during this special time.”

Pope Francis suggests that Lent is the “season for renewing our encounter with Christ,...