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It’s a Wonderful World
May 7, 2018

A large group of sisters and oblates came out for the annual spring concert presented by the North East Choral Club (NECC) at Park United Methodist Church. Sister Marilyn Schauble, a member of the singing group, shared, “It was great to feel such support. The ladies in the Choral Club are always amazed at the size of my family!”

After singing in several local nursing homes NECC ended their season with this final performance in North East. The concert’s theme was, “It’s a Wonderful World.” A wide array of music genres was presented, including folk songs as well as songs in the...

Community weekend enriched by Dr. Massimo Faggioli
May 4, 2018

Massimo Faggioli, church historian and professor of theology at Villanova University shared his thoughts on Catholicism and the American Scene during the annual April community weekend for sisters and oblates. He explained how the pontificate of Francis, from the perspective of both politics and theology, has fostered the emergence of an interesting relationship between Catholicism and the USA.

Throughout the weekend Dr. Faggioli offered many insights and information about the history of the papacy since Vatican II. Through comparison he shared the Pope Francis’ vision of the...

VMA students volunteer at the Mount
May 2, 2018

The outdoor furniture is in place, the grounds are cleaned of scattered branches and twigs, the tables and chairs are out on the dining room patio, Sister Helen’s office is spic and span—and all thanks to a group of students from Villa Maria Academy (VMA). Today was their annual Outreach Day. All across Erie students from Villa Maria Academy and Cathedral Prep, along with teachers and staff, offered volunteer service to a variety of organizations. The Erie Benedictines at Mount St. Benedict Monastery were grateful to be one of the recipients of their service. What was even more special...

Ending Hunger One Step at a Time
May 2, 2018

Emmaus Ministries received $850 in donation from the local Erie County CROP Hunger Walk. The walk, which took place in September of 2017, collected $56,000 which was allocated to over 20 local and more international organizations that work to address hunger.

In an attempt to end world hunger, the CROP Hunger Walk is organized to “walk with the world to feed the hungry, educate others, and restore hope, rejoicing together in the Spirit of God.”

This year’s CROP Hunger Walk will take place on September 23, 2018 on Presque Isle.

Read this story and more on the...

Poetry Month: Over or not?
May 1, 2018

April celebrated poetry in a special way. It was, after all, National Poetry Month. In fact, the Writing Studio--a women's collective to honor the word, organized the handing out of poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day. You can read a volunteer’s reflection about that experience on The Writing Studio website by clicking here. Breanna Mekuly shares what it was like to be handing out poems in the city of Erie.

Even though the month is now officially ended, perhaps poetry experiences gained will help us keep it going. Why?...

“This he would have loved”
April 30, 2018

“John was not a person who liked a lot of attention but this he would have loved,” said Michael Fraley, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE). A service remembering John Horan (+2-25-16) and his commitment to the earth was held on April 27th by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie at the place where trees have been planted in his memory. The trees, donated by HACE, were planted as part of the streamside restoration project* at Glinodo. The event was coordinated by Sister Pat Lupo and the prayer service was planned by Sister Carolyn Gorny-...

Erie Insurance Sock Drive benefits Emmaus Ministries
April 27, 2018

“While the calendar says April is here and spring has sprung in most parts of the country, Erie PA has other plans,” wrote Lauren Casey in an email to her colleagues at Erie Insurance’s Westport location in the beginning of the month. Lauren, who organized a previous collection for Emmaus Ministries, organized this “Sock Drive” when she learned that most of Erie’s warming shelters close on April 1st.

“Erie residents know that Erie weather follows its own set of rules as to when it will warm up,” she continued, “and the response to the Sock Drive at Westport was incredible.” Less...

Sister Jacinta Conklin Transfers Vows to Benedictine Sisters of Erie
April 27, 2018

“God’s constancy and your faithfulness in response bring us to this very special moment,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, to Sister Jacinta Conklin on the occasion of her final incorporation into the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. Sister Jacinta, originally from St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys, PA, came to live in Erie when it became clear that their monastery would be closing as a result of a climbing median age and lack of new members. After two years of prayer and discernment she asked to transfer her vows and become fully incorporated into the community of the Erie Benedictines....

Erie Celebrates POEM IN POCKET DAY April 26
April 25, 2018

The Women’s Writing Studio is partnering with the Erie Public Library and five other places to celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day, Thursday, April 26.

Brew-Ha-Ha, Ember & Forge and State Street Starbucks coffee shops, Room 33 restaurant, and Springhill Retirement Community will also distribute poems to patrons, residents, and staff. Over the noon hour volunteers, including Marisa Moks-Unger, Poet Laureate of Erie County, will hand out poems in the Perry Square area to passersby...

2018 Earth Day: Erie Events
April 23, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars for awareness and action. Catholic Climate Covenant is joining the Earth Day Network‘s campaign to End Plastic Pollution.

From contributing to land and marine pollution to increasing our use of carbon-producing fuels, our reliance on single-use plastics has a...

Rejoice with Sister Jacinta Conklin
April 21, 2018

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress (right), rejoices with Sister Jacinta Conklin after the ritual in which Sister Jacinta transferred her vows from her community of origin (St. Joseph Monastery, St. Marys, PA) and became a fully incorporated member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

Click here to read Sister Anne's reflections.