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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.

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Kids Cafe: Decorating for Christmas
December 14, 2016

One little girl at the Kids Cafe was so into decorating cards for Christmas, “I had to beg her to wash all the paint off her hands so she could go eat!” said student Hannah Murkens, part of the Servemore Sophomores group at Gannon University, as she reminisced about the Christmas decorating party at the Kids Cafe.

“We planned the Christmas decoration party as a fun way to end the semester for us and for the kids,” Hannah said. The service club, regular volunteers at the Kids Cafe, brought all sorts of art supplies and spent the...

Sister Marilyn Schauble Sings with the North East Choral Club
December 13, 2016

Several sisters and oblates swelled the crowd that attended the annual North East Choral Club Christmas Concert, both on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Sister Marilyn Schauble has been singing with the group for 8 years. “This wonderful group of women has welcomed me as one of them and given me the opportunity to sing with a group, one of the things I most enjoy doing.” This year’s selections included a variety of classic Christmas songs, all of which held special messages for this holiday season. There was even an audience sing-a-long.

A free will offering was accepted to...

2016 SBA Alum Christmas Party
December 12, 2016

“Once again, the SBA annual Christmas Party was a success,” said Ann Comstock, SBA Alum Director. “We came together and shared an evening of fun and laughter, catching up with friends and classmates, sisters and teachers, and simply having a good time.” Approximately 350 women gathered to begin this year’s Christmas season. “I just love this party,” shared one alum. “If we could bottle that unbelievable SBA spirit and sell it we’d make millions!” Until that can happen, gift baskets provide the opportunity to raise funds.

The gift basket raffle is one of the favored features of this...

Third Week of Advent: Rejoice Sunday!
December 10, 2016

This evening’s vigil was community at its best. A winter weather advisory, lake-effect snow, low visibility, hazardous roads . . . Sister Ann Hoffman stepped in for Sister Kath Horan and carried in the third candle; Sister Mary Ellen Plumb stepped in for Sister Ann Muczynski and sang in the choir; Sister Susan Doubet stepped in for Sister Mary Lou Kownacki and proclaimed the Advent psalm; Sister Mary Ellen Cummings stepped in for Sister Elizabeth Oettel and read Elizabeth’s reflections in her absence. The Vigil was carried on with the help of community. God is here; there is reason to...

‘Tis the Season—Gifting Emmaus
December 9, 2016

Many people donate needed items to Emmaus throughout the year. At Christmas time that gift-gifting multiplies through the generosity of students and organizations that put together special events like cereal drives, cookie-baking, and the collection of personal items.

Right now you can read three stories about groups who coordinated their efforts to benefit Emmaus: Gannon University Support Staff Association, a Cursillo Gathering from St. Marys, PA, and a Rosary Society from Our Lady of Peace Parish here in Erie.

Read it for yourself on the...

Blogs by Sisters—and a Podcast, too
December 7, 2016

The web site page dedicated to Blogs by Sisters has had a face lift thanks to web developer, Sister Linda Romey.

Each blog has links to the most recent three posts of each blogger and it will update automatically each time the sister posts to her blog.

In addition there is a new regular feature: an audio podcast posted every two weeks.

These are the five blogs and the podcast you’ll find at Sister Blogs:

Light through Stained Glass Windows by Sister Susan Doubet...

Young People Respond
December 6, 2016

“Did everyone brush their teeth this morning?” asks Emmaus social worker Rita Scrimenti to the children at Erie Day School as she holds up a toothbrush from the bag of items students donated. “Everyone likes to brush their teeth and keep clean. We all like to smell and look good,” she says. “So thank you for donating all this – our guests will love it.”

Throughout the month of November, young people have been responding to the needs of guests at Emmaus. The students at Erie Day School created gratitude baskets to share with...

Erin's latest blog: For the Beauty of the Earth
December 5, 2016

Erin Carey, a 22 year old graduate of St. Benedict’s College in Minnesota, is volunteering here in Erie as part of the Benedictine Women Service Corps (BWSC), an outreach program of the Benedictine Sisters in Minnesota that encourages alumnae to volunteer in works of justice as they strive to live Benedictine values in a Benedictine community.

Erin is working part time at the Neighborhood Art House (NAH) teaching music...

Advent: Week II
December 3, 2016

The Second Week of Advent began in quiet peacefulness as the candle marking its beginning was brought into the chapel by postulant, Kathy McCarthy. The Vigil had begun. Two candles now marked time; light brightened darkness.

In her reflections on the Gospel (Matthew 3: 1 – 12), Sister Beth Adams invited the assembly to prepare for the coming of Jesus by acts of mercy, kindness and love and by working for justice and peace. She also reminded everyone that Advent is a season of self-awareness and said: “Pope Francis has said that John the Baptist prepared people for encounter with...

NAH Core Committee Member Honored
December 2, 2016

Bobbi Pollock, long-time member of the Neighborhood Art House (NAH) Women's Core Committee, was honored recently by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northwestern PA Chapter as their 2016 Outstanding Philanthropist. The Neighborhood Art House, The Erie Playhouse and Temple Anshe Hesed jointly nominated Bobbi for this award to honor her for her many years of dedicated service and financial support for them and to other organizations in Erie.

When something is happening at the Art House, count on Bobbi to be there. Whether it is setting up for Taste of the Arts, assisting...

Dining Fundraiser benefits Emmaus Ministries
December 1, 2016
Kiwanis Diner's Card

With its “diner’s card” fundraiser, the Erie Kiwanis chapter not only raised funds for its organization by encouraging participants to eat at local restaurants but added another “eating” experience by donating part of the proceeds to Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

Kiwanis member and longtime soup kitchen volunteer Buck Swahn presented the $500 check to Emmaus adding, “The fundraiser was also an opportunity to introduce more of our members to the work of Emmaus. By including Emmaus in the fundraiser, the Kiwanis members who regularly...