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Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds: A Meditation

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance. ─William Sharp

See the beauty, hear the silence and enjoy the peace of Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds.

News and Events

Love Knows No Borders: A 24 hour procession with Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 3, 2018

On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, join a prayer procession for migrants and asylum seekers stopped at our nation’s southern border. For 24 hours, a banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be processed around the federal courthouse in Erie.

Tuesday, December 11 at 5:00 pm through
Wednesday, December 12 at 5:00 pm.
Federal Courthouse in Erie
State Street and South Park Row

Join the prayer procession for 15 minutes or for hours. Organizations, parishes, schools are invited to sponsor an hour and walk together.

The Erie event is one...

Advent: Week I
December 2, 2018

We wait in hope.
We wait in expectation.
We pray for the light of Christ to come into the world.




Joan Chittister to attend COP 24
November 30, 2018

Joan Chittister leaves this week to be part of the Global Peace Initiative of Women delegation attending the Third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP24, in Katowice, Poland, Dec. 3-8. She will be a dialogue participant on a panel interfaith event: “Finding Hope in a Time of Transition,” and will speak at the forum: “Uniting in Our Environmental Work: The Role of Women and Young People.” This conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris...

A bountiful harvest
November 30, 2018

For the past three years Erie Insurance, along with the Bayfront East Side Taskforce (B.E.S.T.) and Master Gardeners Ellen DiPlacido and Mike Bailey, have provided the opportunity for the refugees at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) to maintain a garden they fondly call The International Family Garden. “This garden is a wonderful blessing for our refugees,” said Mary Lou McCall, SBEC Staff member. “At the beginning of November the group was still harvesting carrots and bok choy which added to the 963 pounds of vegetables they had already shared with each other. We are so grateful.”...

KFC for Emmaus
November 28, 2018

Typically, Fridays at the soup kitchen are known as “fish Fridays” because fish is always served. Friday, November 16th, however, was different at Emmaus; instead of fish, over 200 guests received a full meal from KFC of fried chicken, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and gravy. And one could tell the guests liked the food – the family dining room was silent while the children devoured their chicken!

Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC, started a “day of giving,” encouraging their franchises to hand out free meals to guests of local nonprofits. Scott Hugan, franchise owner at four Erie KFC...

Follow the Star with Tennessee Backporch
November 26, 2018

Once again the Benedictine Sisters were treated to the Tennessee Backporch dress rehearsal for their upcoming holiday concert: Follow the Star. “I can’t believe that Tennessee Backporch has been coming to the Mount for the past five years,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “Each year we enjoy it even more. It never gets old.”

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...

Cross out passive, change it to active
November 23, 2018

In her recent post on Global Sisters Report, Monasteries of the Heart/Benetvision staff member Sister Linda Romey addresses the often subtle sexism that supports violence against women--and how even seemingly small changes can have a cumulative effect on changing how we think about women and their leadership in building a more just society. "In the end," she writes, "it is women who must decide to create change for women. Because a man cannot know a woman's experience and cannot live a woman's experience. ...each of us must make the decision to do something or nothing will change." Read...

A Thanksgiving Wish
November 21, 2018

When we listen to the world’s news and see the escalation of violence and the hopelessness of refugees, the California fires that have wreaked havoc with the lives of thousands and taken many lives too soon, the realities of climate change and the oppression of inequality . . . and all the things that cause sadness and despair, it would be easy to lose track of the many blessings in our lives. We, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, will celebrate Thanksgiving with mindfulness and gratitude for our family, friends, benefactors, community—and the love that reaches out and touches us in so many...

Mass of Remembrance Celebrated
November 20, 2018

The annual diocesan mass remembering the religious women and men, oblates and associates, diocesan priests and permanent deacons and Serra Club members/spouses who died during the last year was celebrated at the motherhouse of the Sisters of Mercy on Monday evening, November 19. A Rite of Remembrance was included and the names of the deceased were read as the assembly joined in singing: “Quietly, peacefully, may they rest in you.” Included in those named were Sister Jean Lavin, OSB and David Armor, Virginia Bertges, Betsy Page, and Robert Della Valle-Rauth, Benedictine oblates.


New Art House Video
November 14, 2018

We are deeply grateful to Erie Insurance's Media Services team who spent many hours volunteering their talents to create an informative video for the Neighborhood Art House. Ed Bernik, a member of the Art House Marketing Committee, headed up the project and served as Creative Director. Other members of the team include Mandy Layne, who served as Producer, Jason Stewart, Videographer, Mike Grimm, Editor, and Jenn Cassano, Graphics. We are grateful as well to Chris Norris who has further edited the video to produce two shorter versions, one emphasizing the value of Art and the other...

STAY IN THE LOOP continues strong
November 10, 2018

The STAY IN THE LOOP loom knitting trio (Sisters Karen Oprenchok, Marilyn Schauble and Jean Wolbert) is going strong. Already for this season, they have completed 378 hats and several scarves with donated yarn for those in need. And not a moment too soon! With the first snow hitting the pavements a warm hat and scarf will go a long way. Having started out as Sister Karen Oprenchok’s novice project to support the community’s Corporate Commitment, that of being a healing presence and prophetic witness for peace in the world by working for sustainability and justice, especially for women and...