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Jubilarians Celebrating 60 Years Renew Vows
August 31, 2018

Where, oh where, did the last month go? That's how long it has been since the sisters celebrating 60 years of monastic profession renewed their vows at a special evening prayer for the community. “It feels like it was just yesterday,” shared Sister Rita, one of the jubilarians. “The memory of a beautiful time together remains alive in my mind and heart.” And now there are picutres to accompany that memory! Click on the arrow to view a collage that captures some of the event's special moments. Clicking on individual photos will enlarge them for better viewing.

The community affirmed...

Erie Gives Check Distribution
August 28, 2018

Erie Gives Day 2018 came to a successful conclusion with the presentation of checks to the participating nonprofit agencies, among them the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Emmaus Ministries and the Neighborhood Art House. It was a happy and excited group that gathered recently at the Erie Zoo. Representatives of the various nonprofits had been invited to participate in a celebration of the campaign’s success and presentation of checks.


St. Benedict Education Center participates in Convoy of Hope
August 23, 2018

“St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) was fortunate to be one of the agencies volunteering when the convoy rolled into town,” shared Nancy Sabol, SBEC Executive Director. As mentioned in a previous web story, Convoy of Hope is a national non-profit organization that holds community events around the country, and this year marked their first visit to Erie, PA. Thousands of people came to this event on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School.

“SBEC had a booth in the Job & Career Services tent and...

We weep, we lament . . .
August 21, 2018

Pastoral care and compassion for victims of any form of sexual abuse, especially by clergy and those individuals in whom confidence and trust is placed, as well as the protection of children and vulnerable adults, is a priority for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

As our Corporate Commitment reads: “. . . we commit ourselves to be a healing presence and prophetic witness for peace by working for sustainability and justice, especially for women and children.”

In the days since the release of the...

Convoy of Hope
August 21, 2018

“When families thrive; communities thrive.” This was the hope behind the huge Convey of Hope event that provided a free array of services to Erie’s poor on Saturday, August 18. Organized with the help of several local churches and businesses, the gathering took place at Pfieffer-Burleigh, the elementary school directly across the street from Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food pantry. Many guests of Emmaus participated.

Over 4,000 people in Erie attended the event and received free items such as groceries, a warm meal, health services, new shoes, a family portrait, and vegetable plants....

St. Benedict Education Center staff and participants volunteer with ServErie
August 15, 2018

ServErie is a nonprofit organization that takes on various local projects with the goal of making a difference in Erie.

This year six participants and three staff members from St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) volunteered for ServErie’s School Initiative Project at Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School. “Pfeiffer-Burleigh is SBEC’s neighbor as well as where many of the participants’ children attend school,” explained Kara Bauer, SBEC Program...

Thank you so much for your support through ERIE GIVES!
August 14, 2018

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for your support on Erie Gives Day.

We have learned that it takes generosity to discover the world through others. Your generosity tells us that you are willing to discover the world through the works and ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Emmaus Ministries, and the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House.

With your interest and help we are able, as scripture says, "to do immeasurably more than we could imagine" (Ephesians 3:20). We are grateful!

Erie Gives Day--August 14
August 13, 2018

On Erie Gives Day, Tuesday, August 14, a percentage match of your donation will expand your contribution to support:

• services to guests at EMMAUS MINISTRIES Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Kids' Cafe and/or
• THE NEIGHBORHOOD ART HOUSE programming for inner-city children

The Erie Community Foundation is sponsoring Erie Gives to help local nonprofit organizations raise funds needed for their various missions.

Date: Tuesday, August 14

Being in Communion: Standing Against Racism
August 11, 2018

Approximately 800 sister leaders from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) gathered August 10 on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis after reaffirming a 2016 resolution against racism as part of their 2018 annual assembly.

"In the presence of constant and painful reminders of the deep roots of racism in our country," reads the 2018 statement of recommitment, which echoes the wording of the 2016 resolution, LCWR pledges "to go deeper into the critical work of creating communion, examining the root causes...

Millennials and Monastics
August 8, 2018
Stephanie, Sister Anne, Sister Stephanie, Sister Val (Millennial and Monastic), Sister Ann, Sister Linda, Erin, Katie, Sister Mary Ellen, Jacqueline (Milliennial and Oblate)

Katie Gordon, a key player in the growing Nuns and Nones movement, recently spent a few days at Mount St. Benedict Monastery on the first leg of a research tour. A graduate student in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School, Katie is melding two interests, broadcast journalism (radio and podcasting) and spirituality, in her research as she visits communities of women religious to produce podcasts highlighting the stories of the foundresses.

“I left the Catholic church at 14 and that somehow freed me to seek...

Polka Fun at the Mount
August 5, 2018

Accompanied by the Mar-vels, a resident Polka Band of Erie, the sisters at the Mount enjoyed a morning of music and dance as part of the community’s leisure day. A grand time was had by all! Thanks, Mar-vels for making it, not only possible, but memorable!

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