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Pray the O Antiphons

The "O Antiphons," one of the oldest liturgical rituals in the church, are prayed around the world during the final days of Advent. For the seven days before Christmas, we recall in these prayers a quality of Christ that must be realized before the presence of Christ can consume the world.

Join us in prayer. Listen to the Benedictine Sisters sing the antiphons that were composed by the late Erie Benedictine Sister Mary David Callahan.

O Adonai

December 18
When we build a vision of life it is necessary to realize that Jesus must be the center of it—not our institutions, good as they may be; not our plans or personal talents, necessary as they are. — Joan D. Chittister, OSB

O Adonai, leader of the ancient Israel, giving Moses, while in the burning bush, the law on Sinai. Come with outstretched arms and teach us.


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Advent is the season of preparing to birth the Christ in our lives and in our world. It is a time to slow down, to pray: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; it is a time to wait with patience for the reign of God. “It is while waiting for the coming of the reign of God, Advent after Advent, that we come to realize that its coming depends on us.” (From The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister, OSB)

Take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Advent with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel features the sisters’ handbell choir under the direction of Sister Marilyn Schauble.

Christmas Appeal 2018

Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Christ and the coming of Christ’s light into our world. The Christ child in our midst is a gift that invites us to expand our hearts and our giving.

Please consider a financial gift to our Christmas Fund! Your gift will support our ministries and assist with the upkeep of our monastery. It will also bring love and care to our senior sisters who worked so long for so little.

Click here to read more or go to our secure website and give now.

News and Events

Annual Appreciation Dinner: Thank you to the Fairfield Hose Company
October 17, 2018

In a show of gratitude the Benedictine Sisters of Erie hosted members of the Fairfield Hose Company for dinner and an evening of Benedictine hospitality. Established in 1945, this volunteer fire company is all about neighbors helping neighbors and has long served the neighborhood of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery.

Sister Marcia Sigler, having served for 10 years (1995-2005) as an active volunteer EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), is considered an honorary member of the company and does a lot of behind-...

SHE Matters Women's Event
October 15, 2018

Where do you go for medical or dental care if you’re a homeless or underserved woman in Erie? On Saturday, October 6th, you could go to SHE Matters Women’s event organized by students at LECOM along with the Faith Community Nurses at St. Benedict Education Center.

“Several guests of Emmaus Ministries attended the SHE Matters Women’s event,” said Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus employee, “including one of our larger families at the soup kitchen. The eldest daughter was thrilled because she won a bike! This was the first bike she had ever owned and she beamed the whole afternoon.”


Liturgy from A to Z: October 15, 2018
October 15, 2018

Every Monday Sister Karen Oprenchok posts an entry on Liturgy from A-Z. In today's post she again addresses Liturgical Environment. Click here to read what she has to say about setting the environment in the liturgical space.



Woodturner Sister Audrey Steff, Featured Artist
October 12, 2018
Woodturner Sister Audrey Steff

Chapter 57 Online Gallery and Gift Shop is featuring three original pieces by woodturner Sister Audrey Steff: two lighthouses and a small bowl.

Sister Audrey has been turning wood for more than 40 years and her pieces sell almost as soon as they are put out for sale. Lighthouses have become a favorite for her because, she explains, “I love being near the water and lighthouses are so significant to water.” And then she adds with a grin, “But really, someone asked me to make one. So, I did, and I found I liked...

OSV article: Sisters 'Take back the Site'
October 12, 2018

Thanks, Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, for the TAKE BACK THE SITE story in the OSV (Our Sunday Visitor) weekly. Click here to read Sisters ‘Take Back the Site’ –an article which captures the meaning and message, commitment and care of the TAKE BACK THE SITE VIGILS.


EMTA and Emmaus
October 11, 2018

“We appreciate all that Emmaus does for the community and especially for many of our customers,” said Erica Nowak, the Marking Manager at EMTA, “and we want to recognize them with this donation.”

During the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (EMTA’s) annual Customer Appreciation Week, they raised $1,960 for Emmaus Ministries. The funds came from a Jeans Day for drivers and office personnel. John Renwick, president of ATU Local 568 added, “Our employees love doing this for Emmaus and want to donate more so they can have more jeans days.”

During Customer Appreciation Week,...

A glorious time of year, a glorious day
October 10, 2018

What a day! Sunny, clear, 80+degrees—glorious! The Benedictine Sisters welcomed Sister Veronica Mirage and the eighth grade students from All Saints of St. John Vianney School, Wickliffe, OH, for their annual visit to the monastery and it was indeed glorious.

After visiting the Benedictine ministries in downtown Erie the students, along with their chaperones and teachers, traveled to the monastery. They joined the community for Midday Prayer and lunch, enjoyed fun activities and then took off to view the grounds. Glorious!...

Understanding Erie Refocused
October 9, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie hosted an Enrichment Series featuring the topic: Erie Refocused—Building Community through Collaboration. Sisters and guests came together to learn the context and details of the ongoing efforts to remake Erie.

The presentation, introduced by Sister Christin Kosin, member of the Ongoing Monastic Formation Committee, provided information to clarify and gain understanding of Mayor Joe Schember’s vision and plan named Erie Refocused. “I didn’t know what Erie Refocused really was,” said one...

Liturgy from A to Z: October 8, 2018
October 6, 2018

Every Monday Sister Karen Oprenchok posts an entry on Liturgy from A-Z. In today's post she addresses Liturgical Environment through the Call to Prayer.

Click here to read more and to listen to the bells that call the community to prayer each day.


Is anyone among you sick?
October 5, 2018

“May all of us know peace, healing and the deep strength of our common faith,” prayed Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, as the community gathered for the celebration of the Sacrament of Anointing within the setting of the community’s evening prayer.

The sisters companion those being anointed. The sacrament is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength to those who suffer illness or old age. Anointing with the sacred oil is a sign of blessing by the Spirit. The sacramental anointing can inspire and comfort both those who are being anointed as well as all who are...

Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum: Let all be welcomed as Christ
October 3, 2018
Participants gather in the courtyard at the monastery of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. Photo: Br. Simon Stubbs, OSB, Sant’ Anelsmo

German. Swahili. Polish. Chinese. French. Spanish. Korean. These are some of the languages Erie Benedictines Mary Jane Vergotz and Linda Romey heard during their participation in the 2018 Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB) Symposium held at the monastery of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. “Let all be welcomed as Christ,” from Chapter 53 of the Rule of Benedict, was the theme for the Symposium that brought together 115 Benedictine women from around the world for a week in September. Sister Mary Jane is CIB secretary...