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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

2018 Emmaus Coat Drive and Giveaway
November 7, 2018

At the annual Emmaus Coat Drive and Giveaway, a three-year-old girl who regularly attends the soup kitchen with her family got a full winter outfit: jacket, boots, mittens and a hat. She was thrilled. And so were her parents because they also found warm clothing items for themselves and their one-year-old daughter.

“She was so adorable in her new outfit,” said Sister Mary. “I’m thankful for Kelley Glass and Andrea Hallman for organizing our 23rd annual coat drive.”

Coats, blankets, socks, mittens, hats, scarves, and other warm clothing items were donated to Emmaus by...

Highlights from the 2018 Oblate Weekend
November 2, 2018

“It’s been a week since the 2018 Oblate Weekend but the memories are full of energy from a gathering that was memorable,” said Sister Dianne Sabol, Oblate Co-Director. She and Sister Ann Hoffman, also an oblate co-director, worked with a group of five oblates to plan an all-day oblate gathering to precede the community’s annual fall weekend to which the oblates are invited. “It was a marvelous experience working together as a team as we prepared for this event and the day did not disappoint,” said Sister Ann. There were 95 oblates, 50 from out of town, who were able to be part of Friday’s...

Emmaus Ministries celebrates a Dedicated Volunteer Nurse
November 2, 2018

Every day guests at Emmaus Soup Kitchen can be assured of a hot meal, but on Wednesday they get something special – medical assistance. And on Sunday, October 28, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, the Emmaus family joined in celebrating the “commissioning service” for Mary Louise Imbruglio, one of the nurses who ministers at the kitchen.

Mary Louise completed a two-year program of study and onsite training to become a member of Faith Community Nurses, a branch of the national Healthcare for the Homeless Partnership. “Barbara Lewis, who organizes the faith community nurses in Erie...

All Saints—All Souls
November 1, 2018

Who are your saints now? Who are the people you look back on with respect and awe? Live in a way that the memory of you will live on in the people left behind. [From A Monastery Almanac by Joan Chittister, OSB]




A Halloween Treat for students at St. Benedict Child Development Center
October 30, 2018

"It was an awesome experience to spend time with the staff and the children at St. Benedict Child Development Center," said Maggie Grady, one of four Gannon students who engineered a service project with a Halloween theme for the preschool students. "It turned out to be a real Halloween treat."

Maria Wojtila, Julia Shutika, Katelyn Miles, and Maggie are second year Occupational Therapy students at Gannon University. Their task was to run a service project as part of their Leadership Seminar. They put together a Halloween party for...

Dr. Robert J. Wicks: compassionate and wise
October 29, 2018

A wise and compassionate man was the speaker for the community’s annual October Weekend. Dr. Wicks, a clinical psychologist and writer about the intersection of spirituality and psychology, offered insights into dealing with a unique kind of darkness called “secondary stress”—that which is experienced by persons who are in the healing and helping professions.

Wicks used his 2017 book, Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World, as the basis for the insights he shared. Night Call offers the stories and principles gleaned over many years of...

We lament and we pray
October 28, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie uphold all those affected by the tragedy that unfolded at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. There are no words to express our deep sadness at the senseless violence that took the lives of 11 innocent victims and inflicted injuries of body, mind heart and soul on so many. We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the Jewish faith helping them to bear their grief with our prayer and support. May they know God’s peace.

Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress

Erie Benedictines stand with LCWR on the welcome of migrants
October 26, 2018

The Central American Migrant Caravan continues its walk through Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States border and receiving asylum. To date our country’s administration is reportedly considering a new executive order aimed at blocking asylum-seekers and migrants from crossing the border.

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has released a public statement calling for the welcome and humane treatment of arriving migrants in a manner that respects their dignity and rights under US and international law.

Join us in prayer with the Community of Life and Hope program 2018
October 25, 2018

Join us in prayer with the Community of Life and Hope program 2018

  • Do you have loved ones in need of prayers?
  • Is there a deceased loved one who meant the world to you?
  • Is a friend, family member, or colleague in need of special prayers or celebrating an important event?

Join us during the month of November, especially on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, in prayer. Your specific prayer requests will be shared with 90 Sisters, one of whom will remember your loved ones, both living and deceased, in her personal prayer. Your intentions will also...

Nuns on the Bus: Let Justice Roll Like a River
October 23, 2018

It was a beautiful fall afternoon, sunny and pleasant, when Nuns on the Bus: the Tax Justice Truth Tour rolled into Erie at Perry Square on October 22. The tour seeks to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes on the 2017 Tax Law and the many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Nuns on the Bus effort is channeled into working for just tax policies that mend the gaps in the nation.

Nuns on the Bus was greeted with music from a gathered group of 150 people who joined in singing: “Let Justice Roll Like a River” led by Sister Marilyn Schauble. The...

Liturgy from A to Z: October 22, 2018
October 22, 2018

Every Monday Sister Karen Oprenchok posts an entry on Liturgy from A-Z. In today's post she addresses Liturgical Time. Click here to read what she has to say.