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Erie Coke Plant Community Impact Update
April 5, 2019

"I wanted to let you know that Hold Erie Coke Accountable (HECA) is partnering with the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) to update the public on Erie Coke's ongoing violations and the high stakes impact for Erie's quality of life and prosperity," shared Benedictine Sister Pat Lupo, an environmental educator at the Inner City Neighborhood Art House who is alsoinvolved in environmental advocacy at both the local and statewide level.

Hold Erie Coke Accountable (HECA) is partnering with the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) to update the public on Erie Coke's ongoing...

St. Jude Students Feed 5,000--Collection for Emmaus Soup Kitchen
April 4, 2019

“Jesus fed 5,000 people. Can we?” That was the Gospel story challenge that students at St. Jude Catholic School responded to during Lent… and the guests of Emmaus Soup Kitchen benefited.

For three weeks, the school was focused on gathering as much peanut butter and jelly jars as possible, making announcements over the loudspeaker and even chanting “Peanut butter jelly time!” three times a week. They created giant peanut butter and jelly “jars” made of poster board, a picture graph of peanut butter and jelly pictures showing their progress, and sent student collectors to each...

Peace, Saalom, Shalom
April 3, 2019

Just weeks ago the world was reeling from unspeakable violence done to a group of Muslims at prayer in the Al Noor Mosque in Christ Church, New Zealand. The victims numbered 42 in that location and eight more at a second mosque. Last weekend the Islamic Association of Erie hosted a vigil to remember Muslim victims of violence, both in New Zealand and around the world. The Erie community came together to express support and solidarity. Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB, who was one of the participants, said: "The vigil was a way to come together as a community to pray for victims of hatred and...

LCWR Social Media Campaign – Standing Against Racism—April 3
April 3, 2019

When Sister Anita Baird, IHM accepted the 2018 LCWR Outstanding Leadership Award, she spoke of Mother Theodore Williams, Servant of God Elizabeth Lange, and Venerable Henriette Delille:

"They and the women of color who followed them bore the heat of the day, the pain of racism, segregation and rejection. But they never despaired."


Stand Against Racism Social Media Campaign
April 2, 2019

At the invitation of the Global Concerns Committee of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), we, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, will participate in the Standing Against Racism social media campaign from April 3—May 15, 2019. The campaign was created to help facilitate the resolution of LCWR to "go deeper into the critical work of creating communion, examining the root causes of injustice and our own complicity, and purging ourselves, our communities, and our country of the sin of racism and its destructive...

Gift of Self Light
April 1, 2019

A screened photo version of one of our chapel windows (Gift of Self Light) is on the inside front and back covers of the April Give Us This Day, a daily devotional filled with inspiring stories, art, and writings of extraordinary women and men across the ages.

This monthly publication from Liturgical Press is very popular among the sisters here at Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Erie. It includes morning prayer, profiles of saintly witnesses, Mass texts, reflections, and evening prayer.

The photo used...

New Book from Joan Chittister: The Time is Now
March 28, 2019

Joan Chittister has been a passionate voice for women’s rights for over 50 years. Called “one of the most well-known and trusted contemporary spiritual authors” by Publishers Weekly, this rabble-rousing force of nature for social justice and fervent proponent of personal faith and spiritual fulfillment draws on the wisdom of prophets–both ancient and modern–to help us confront the societal forces that oppress and silence the sacred voices among us.

Pairing scriptural insights with stirring narratives of the truth-tellers that came before us, Sister Joan offers a compelling vision...

Almost time . . .
March 25, 2019

Create your own unique Easter Basket during this two-session opportunity to use naturally growing grass in your basket and vegetables to decorate the eggs. This class will be taught by Chris Bowler, former art teacher at St. Benedict Academy and Mercyhurst Prep, and a member of the Neighborhood Art House faculty.

March 28, 2019 & April 4, 2019
7:00—8:30 pm $30

REGISTRATION necessary. Click here to register on line or call (814) 455-5508. Your registration...

Prioress' reflections for the Feast of Benedict
March 22, 2019

Sister Anne Wambach’s reflections for the March 21 Feast of Benedict had an interesting twist. She touched on three contemporary artistic expressions of monastic life that, as she said, “may contribute, in their own way, to a greater awareness to our life as Benedictines.”

You may be surprised when you find murder mysteries in the company of illuminations and calligraphy along with a new pocket sized version of the Rule of Benedict titled, A Little Rule for Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality by Sister Joan Chittister. Click...

Global Sisters Report posts article by Sister Susan Doubet
March 21, 2019

In 2014 NCR (National Catholic Reporter) launched a reporting project dedicated to telling the stories of women religious around the world called Global Sisters Report (GSR). This groundbreaking project has built a global network of journalists to report the stories of sisters, their ministries and the people they serve. It includes columns by women religious and gives voice to sisters as well as recognition for the important work they do. In addition, sisters write commentary from their perspective.

A recent post by Sister Susan Doubet shares her reflections in an article titled,...

Celebrate Benedict and "seed the future"
March 20, 2019

Benedictines around the world celebrate the Solemnity of Benedict on March 21. This day is the commemoration of the death of St. Benedict of Nurcia, the Father of Western Monasticism and author of the Rule that guides Benedictines to living in right relationship with God, self, others and the world. For Benedictine monastics the Rule answers the question: how are we to live life with meaning, direction and purpose?

As Joan Chittister remarks in A Monastery Almanac: “The life of this man whose ideals and the Rule have guided people for over 1500 years is clear proof that...