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Gift to Emmaus Ministries from the staff at MacDonald Illig Attorneys Offices
January 17, 2018

The sixty members of the MacDonald Illig law firm take the idea of “neighbor helping neighbor” seriously. For the past ten years they have been donating to Emmaus at their Christmas luncheon because, according to staff member Frani Miseyka, “the soup kitchen is in our local area so by donating there, we are assisting our neighbors.”

Before the luncheon, staff members donate items to be bid upon in a Chinese auction and participate in games of chance. They also put out boxes for staff members to donate coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. At the Christmas luncheon, the winners are...

Recap of Canisius Winter Week of Wonder (and service!)
January 15, 2018

For seven students and their adult mentor, winter break meant a trip to Erie. Once again our relationship with Canisius College was made even stronger when the group arrived for an alternative winter break ministry trip--a week of wonder and service.

The group lived at the monastery and worked with the sisters in various Benedictine ministries. Sister Marilyn Schauble, Director of Vocations, coordinated everything with Sarah Signorino,...

The means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek (MLK)
January 14, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie lament racism in all forms. "We denounce the harsh and offensive comments of President Trump that have demeaned the people of Haiti and Africa," said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. "We stand against all words and actions that denigrate and dehumanize any of God’s creation."

Remembering the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "The means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek," let us pray to welcome people of all nations and countries, to recognize beauty in diversity, and to speak always with kindness and love.

Postulant requests entrance into the Novitiate
January 13, 2018

“I continue to feel a growing call to life in this community . . . I would like to continue to seek God while continuing my spiritual journey in this community,” said Postulant Kathleen McCarthy as she made the request to enter the novitiate in the community’s formation program.

At a special chapter meeting of the community Kathy’s request was accepted and she will formally begin her novitiate on January 27. The novice year is one of ongoing discernment, study and preparation prior to taking vows. Kathy will be accompanied by Sister Marilyn Schauble, OSB, in the role of Novice...

Standing together for justice
January 13, 2018

“We are disheartened by the latest decision of the Trump Administration to lift immigration protection for thousands of El Salvadorans,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. “Our community stands with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in denouncing what we view as a cruel and unjust decision. As women of faith we take seriously the call of the Gospel to be open to and inclusive of all. We embrace the Rule of Benedict that calls us to welcome the other as Christ and we stand firm in our...

Emmaus Soup Kitchen benefits from Erie Pay it Forward Campaign
January 12, 2018

Ellen Gigogne, the first winner of the Lakeside Auto Facebook Pay it Forward campaign, chose to donate the money to Emmaus Ministries. “This is in honor of my brother, Don Metzger,” she said. “Each year before Christmas, he would send a check to Emmaus before he started his shopping for the season.”

The Lakeside Auto Group’s Pay It Forward Campaign began when owner Andy Gabler was “looking for a way to become more involved with the community and to inspire other people to essentially ‘pay it forward.’ I...

Blessing of the Monastery
January 7, 2018

The blessing of a home is an Epiphany custom and a tradition at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. The community gathers at the Monastery entrance to mark the doors with the current year and the inscription CBM: 20+ C+B+M+18. The initials stand for the names of the magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. The letters also represent the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat which means "May Christ bless this home."

The inscription remains as a sign that blessing is wished for all who enter and depart from the monastery. The community proceeds to process around the...

Canisius Students have arrived--let the experience begin!
January 7, 2018

What better day than Epiphany to extend welcome to a group of students from Canisius College who traveled from Buffalo to spend their Winter Break at the Mount. The “star” that led them was the desire to engage in this special ministry and service endeavor.

The group of students and their adult leader arrived just in time for Sunday liturgy. Sister Marilyn Schauble, Director of Vocations, organized the week. “This has become one of our favorite weeks of the year. We are pleased and excited to welcome this college group into our home and hearts.”

The week will include prayer...

Biking in the Frigid Cold (and snow) benefits Emmaus Ministries
January 5, 2018

By the numbers:

1 avid cyclist, Eric Webber, led

40 cyclists, many of whom are members of the Erie Cyclepaths group,

13 miles around Presque Isle Peninsula on

1/1/18 as a part of the

6th annual “Frigid Frolic.” Temperatures were only

12 degrees, but with the wind-chill factor, temperatures dropped to

-4 degrees. Most roads were plowed after Erie got

7 feet of snow from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day but many still had to ride bikes with

4 inch tires, called fat tire bikes, to get through the snow. Together, the cyclists...

View New NAH 30 Second Video
January 3, 2018

Have you ever wondered “What is the Neighborhood Art House (NAH)?” or “Why does the Benedictine Community have such a ministry as the Art House? You’ll find the answers in a new 30 second video created by WJET TV. Click here to view it on the NAH web page.

“Also new to the Neighborhood Art House page is a selection of on-line donation options,” explains Sister Annette Marshall, NAH Executive Director. “The Art House depends entirely on donations to be able to offer programming in the arts and environment to Erie’s...

Colleen Leathley completes Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience
January 2, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie offered a prayer of blessing for Colleen Leathley upon her completion of her Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience. Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Director of Monastic Formation, thanked Colleen for the energetic and enthusiastic spirit that enlivened the commitment she made to live as a monastic for 9 months with the Erie Benedictines. Her sentiments echoed those of the community: “You have been faithful to the process of seeking God through prayer, community and ministry . . . . You have listened with the ear of your heart and entered wholeheartedly into our...