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The Earth is calling. Are we listening?
December 7, 2017

Sister Pat Lupo, a steadfast advocate for environmental education, was the keynote speaker at the November Resilient Erie Sustainability Summit. "If you had the pleasure of attending the event," said Joy Knapp, Co-chair Northwest PA Green Economy Task Force (NWPAGE), "then you know exactly how Sr. Pat and her Green Teams are making Erie more resilient."

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Advent begins
December 2, 2017

Advent has begun. The first candle was carried into the darkened chapel by Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, while all sang “Hopeful Longing” by Ricky Manolo and Dan Schutte. May it become our Advent mantra:

Hopeful longing sung through the ages.
God's reign of justice fulfilled in our days.
Christ, Redeemer,
come pierce the dark of night.
Come, Lord Jesus, be our light.

On the next three Saturdays each successive candle will be lighted during the Vigil that begins at 7:00 p.m. in the monastery chapel. You are welcome to join the community in...

Little Caesars Love Kitchen visits Emmaus Ministries
November 30, 2017

A fad in big cities is the presence of food trucks, or ice-cream-truck-like vehicles equipped with on-board kitchens to cook and vend food. But have you ever seen a food truck the size of a semi?

That’s exactly what showed up at Emmaus Soup Kitchen this month: a semi-truck equipped with an entire kitchen, capable of making 90 Little Caesars pizzas! The truck, called the Little Caesars Love Kitchen, travels across the United States and Canada, donating large quantities of freshly baked pizza like this to people who are homeless, hungry, and disaster victims. To date, they have served...

Connecting Hands Christmas Sale benefits Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe
November 28, 2017

Breakable Christmas ornaments, fragile China plates, ceramic Nativity sets, and enthusiastic children at Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe… sounds like a dangerous situation! Luckily, they weren’t all in the same place at the same time. The children of the Kids Cafe did, however, greatly benefit from the sales of these items, and many more, at the Connecting Hands’ annual Christmas Sale.

This year, the benefits of the holiday garage sale – $6000 – went to support the children at the Kids Cafe.

This is the first time Connecting Hands had a sale for the Kids Cafe. Connecting Hands is “a...

Tennessee Backporch at the Mount
November 27, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters were treated to a wonderful experience when Tennessee Backporch chose to do their dress rehearsal at the monastery for the upcoming show. Tennessee Backporch, Erie’s “premier variety band,” welcomes additional musicians for this special production. The show, created by Chris and Julie Moore, founding members of the band, showcases a number of original songs, many by Chris himself, as well as creative arrangements of familiar Christmas songs.

“Chris and Julie said how pleased they were to be able to perform here for us but the pleasure was surely ours,” said...

Now Open: Chapter 57 Online
November 24, 2017

Our new online store is open. Click on the photo box or here to view our ad. You can then visit the online store here and see more orignal items available for your shoppping pleasure and also accessinformation about shipping and handling fees or arrangements to pick up your items at the monastery. Prices are not inflated and proceeds from all sales helps to support our community and our ministries.

Initial online offerings include Mount St....

Gifts of Gratitude
November 21, 2017

Four seventh- and eighth-graders from Erie Day School made multiple trips from the cars to the soup kitchen carrying bag after bag, called “gifts of gratitude,” stuffed with goodies for the guests of Emmaus.

In total, the two hundred and twenty-two reusable grocery bags are filled with all sorts of toiletries and snacks, including water bottles, granola bars, toothbrushes, shampoo, combs, and more. Every grade level is assigned a certain item to bring to fill the bags and parents and teachers contributed too by purchasing $5 gift cards to McDonalds for each bag.

For the past...

Retreat sponsored by Catholic Rural Ministry draws 40 participants
November 20, 2017

A group of 40 individuals came together for an overnight retreat at Olmsted Manor Conference Center in Ludlow. This was the fifth retreat sponsored by Catholic Rural Ministry (CRM) which includes Sisters Marian Wehler, OSB and Tina Geiger, RSM, co-directors of CRM II [Oil City Deanery] and Sisters Phyllis Schleicher, OSB and Mary Hoffman, OSB, Co-Directors of CRM I [Potter and McKean counties]. The retreat content was inspired by Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace Message. It was presented and led by Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB. Sister...

PNC Keeps Erie Children Warm with New Winter Coats
November 17, 2017

Children from St. Benedict Child Development Center will be a lot warmer this winter thanks to PNC Bank who gifted them with new winter coats, hats and mittens. PNC has partnered with Operation Warm, an organization who has made it their mission to provide brand-new winter coats to children in need, helping improve self-confidence, peer acceptance, school attendance, and overall wellness—because they believe a new winter coat can provide more than just warmth. The partnership provides Erie children in need with winter coats. With...

Chapter 57 Online Store is now OPEN!
November 17, 2017

Building an online store seemed like an impossible dream but with creative thinking, perseverance and hard work under the direction of Sister Linda Romey, web developer, the web committee is excited to announce the online, smaller version of Chapter 57, our monastery gift shop.

Initial online offerings include Mount St. Benedict Monastery t-shirts and sweatshirts, hand-crafted greeting cards, select artwork and music and prayer resources. Our first special offer is a set of four Worshipping Angel Cards: notecards featuring the stained glass angel windows installed in 1915 in the...

Thursday, November 16--Silent Peace Walk--Come one, come all!
November 15, 2017

A Silent Peace Walk promotes inner peace which does away with fear, divisions and hatred and brings about peace and unity in the world. It begins with a peace poem, a walk in silence (single file for 20 minutes), and ends with a peace poem and chant.

This event is sponsored by Benedictines for Peace. All are welcome.

Date: Thursday, November 16
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Erie High School, 3325 Cherry Street