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Going to the dogs?
April 24, 2017
Patti Eichen, shown here holding Rocco, is both a member of the Neighborhood Art House staff and a volunteer at the ANNA Shelter. She was the impetus behind this project.

After months of printing and stamping them, the children in Sarah Everett's Printmaking class were ready to present several hundred colorful bandanas to the ANNA Shelter. The intention was that these bandanas, stamped with the Art House logo and the words Handmade with love by a student at the Inner City Neighborhood Art House, would be worn by each dog as it was adopted and left the shelter for its "Forever Home."

On April 4, Ruth Thompson, Director of the ANNA Shelter and several volunteers brought three very friendly young dogs to visit the children. She told them that when two...

Novices moving forward
April 24, 2017

Sisters Dina Lauricella and Karen Oprenchok are moving forward into the third stage of initial monastic formation: the Scholasticate. Each stage of initial formation is accompanied by continued vocation discernment. Their discernment led Sisters Dina and Karen to request first monastic profession and continue their journey of seeking God in community with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. With the blessing of their Novice Director, Sister Stephanie Schmidt, the prioress, council and...

A Special Connection
April 22, 2017

Oblate Glory Piovarcy shares her personal experience of receiving a service dog trained by prison inmates in an Erie Times News article written by Madeleine O’Neill. Glory explains how she was matched with Linton in 2013, a service dog who had been trained by inmates at SCI Cambridge Springs where she had been volunteering through a separate program. In the article Glory reflects: “It really brought tears to my eyes,” she said. “It meant so much to meet the inmates and to know that they were the ones that started his life out teaching him to be a service dog.”


Congratulations are in order
April 21, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie have received the 2017 Greater Erie Award from Preservation Erie for developing The Studio at St. Mary's: Space to Create!

The 5th annual Greater Erie Awards will be held on Thursday, April 27 at the Masonic Temple Ballroom. Consider coming to celebrate the exceptional stewards of the physical and cultural landscape that is Greater Erie, Pennsylvania.


April 19, 2017

Sister Anne McCarthy was interviewed as part of an article on mindfulness that ran in the Life Style section of last Sunday’s Erie Times News. In the article Sister Anne shares, "Every faith incorporates quiet moments of self-reflection . . . . For me, quiet, contemplative prayer is part of my lectio (daily mindful) practice." The article, "To find peace in the present, practice mindfulness," was written by Jennie Geisler. Read the full article here.


Online Sales Open for Women's Art Show
April 18, 2017

For the first time artwork featured in the Women's Art Show at Mount St. Benedict Monastery is available for sale online.

The theme for this year's show, which runs through April 30, is "Diversity." For more than 15 years the Chapter 57 Gallery, under the direction of Artist of the Monastery Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, has celebrated Women's History Month with the Women's Art Show. This year's display once again offers a variety of works by many talented artists.

Visit the online gallery and place...

It is finished in Beauty
April 14, 2017

Christ is crucified today whenever and wherever hatred, violence and injustice prevail.

As part of the triduum, the Benedictine Sisters, along with oblates, family members, friends and interested public, walked through downtown Erie marking the Way of the Cross, mindful that an injustice to one is an injustice to all.

“This is our 37th Peace Pilgrimage,” explained Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “We carry with us all the suffering of the world. We are reminded of the need for reform and change — for an end to violence, war, abuse, discrimination of any kind.”


O God, Hear our Prayer
April 14, 2017

Tenebrae: a series of psalms and lamentations and a meditation on the events of salvation running from the Last Supper to the entombment.

The candles of the Tenebrae candelabra are lit and then extinguished in order to denote the almost complete abandonment of Christ by the apostles. Nevertheless, the unrecognized light of Christ is not destroyed, as the 15th candle gives evidence. In the midst of the deepening darkness, the light of this candle still shines.

Easter Candy for Emmaus Guests
April 13, 2017

Who doesn’t enjoy chocolates and sweet treats? Thanks to Romolo Chocolates, guests at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen will enjoy delicious candies this Easter.

“Receiving Easter candy might seem like such a simple thing,” Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, “but for some of our guests, it can be a thoughtful gift. Where else would some of our guests be able to get something so lovely and delicious?”

Romolo Chocolates owner and master confectioner, Tony Stefanelli, donated 30 pounds of jelly beans and one full case of foiled eggs, candies which exceed $700.


Let the Easter Egg Fun Begin
April 12, 2017

Benedictines cultivate beauty whenever they can – even in the art of Easter egg decorating. The annual event, organized by Sister Helen Heher who attends to every detail with such care that you can’t help but want to decorate eggs, was a prelude to the special days of the Easter Triduum the community will soon celebrate. “This is such a fun time,” said Sister Marilyn, one of the egg decorators. “The lightheartedness and energy in the room was contagious as we all worked at creating something beautiful.”

Eggs are symbolic of new life and for Christians decorated Easter eggs are a...

In Memoriam: Sister Sallie Harrington, OSB
April 11, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Sallie Harrington who entered into eternal rest on April 10, 2017. Please join us in prayer for Sister Sallie.