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March Madness?
March 2, 2018

March seems to have come in like a lion. Snow coats the monastery grounds. It is heavy and wet and beautiful! Enjoy the collage by clicking on the arrow and then on individual photos to enlare for better viewing. Happy March!



Students from LECOM at the Kids Cafe
March 1, 2018

"I learned what is good and bad for me," said nine-year-old Mariah as she reflected on a health education session that students at LECOM led for the children of the Kids Cafe. "It's bad for my health to smoke or to eat too much dessert or to have a lot of stress. But it's good to exercise."

Students from LECOM, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, led two different sessions at the Kids Cafe, teaching about "Medication Safety" and how to have a "Healthy Heart." They split the children into small groups and gave them scenarios...

Maria Shriver shares her thoughts about the Erie Benedictines
March 1, 2018

Maria Shriver just released a new book: I've Been Thinking... Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life. In it she offers quotes, prayers and reflections for dealing with the everyday stresses of life.

During a recent interview on NBC TODAY she was asked about her connection to the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

After viewing the segment Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, had this to say: “To see ourselves through another’s eyes can be moving and empowering. I found Maria’s affirmation...

Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers: A day of Courage and Commitment
February 28, 2018

“This morning the community prayed from Psalm 86: ‘Teach me your ways, O God, that I may walk in your truth’—a line even more powerful in light of yesterday’s witness,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, in speaking of the group of more than 40 sisters, priests and lay people who were arrested in the Capitol Rotunda as part of an organized effort urging lawmakers to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children.

Included in the group arrested were Benedictines for Peace members: Sister...

New Content Posted to CARE
February 28, 2018

The Committee for Alternative Resource Energy — CARE—web page has some new content. Click here for more information about an opportunity to view the sequel to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" on March 1 at the Hirt Auditorium in Erie’s Blasco Library. New postings also include 10 Solutions to reverse Climate Change and an article entitled Transportation Number 1 in Carbon...

Upholding those participating in Catholic Action for Dreamers
February 27, 2018

“Today is National Catholic Day of Action with Dreamers. We uphold the women religious and many supporters who are joining in nonviolent civil disobedience in the nation’s capital,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “Benedictines for Peace (BFP) members: Sister Anne McCarthy, Oblate Jacqueline Small, Sam Miller, Breanna Mekully and Tinamarie Stolz, will participate in the action that advocates for a clean DREAM act by urging Catholic lawmakers to embrace the principles of Catholic social teaching and to protect from...

Catholic Day of Action with DREAMERS
February 23, 2018

On Tuesday, February 27th at 10:30 a.m. members of Benedictines for Peace (BFP): Sister Anne McCarthy, Oblate Jacqueline Small, Breanna Mekully and Sam Miller, will gather with Catholic sisters from across the country outside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, to advocate for a clean DREAM Act without any further delay.

Women religious and supporters will urge House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Catholic lawmakers to embrace the principles of Catholic social teaching and protect more...

Canisius Service Trip: mini yet meaningful
February 22, 2018

“The mini-ministry trip was short but sweet and full of new and meaningful experiences for the group from Canisius College who spent Sunday through Tuesday with us,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director and contact person and organizer of the three days.

In addition to praying with and sharing meals with the sisters, the group had the opportunity to be of service in a number of ways at a variety of Benedictine ministries that included: Benetvision, Benetwood Apartments, Emmaus Soup Kitchen, St. Benedict Community Center, the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House,...

Emmaus benefits from $50,000 donation from the JEM Charitable Foundation
February 20, 2018

"In lieu of flowers," the obituary said, "please send donations to Emmaus Ministries." And with that simple statement found in a childhood friend's obituary, a Board Member of JEM Charitable Foundation encouraged fellow board members to make a $50,000 donation to Emmaus Ministries.

Soon before he passed away, the late president of Glenwood Beer Distributors, Jim Mantyla, established the JEM Charitable Foundation to provide financial donations to Erie's St. Peter Cathedral, St. Mary's Home, and scholarships for students at Cathedral Preparatory School and Gannon University.


Mini-ministry experience begins for group from Canisius College
February 18, 2018

The mini-ministry experience has begun for a group from Canisius College. Six students along with one mentor and one faculty member arrived just in time for Sunday liturgy. For the next couple of days they will pray and eat with the community and serve in community ministries. In addition they will receive input on monastic values and have an art as meditation experience, too.

“We are happy to welcome the group,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, Director of Vocations, who works closely with Canisius through the year and arranges a...

Handmade Valentines for the guests at Emmaus
February 17, 2018

When is the last time someone gave you a handmade valentine?

This Valentine's Day, each guest of Emmaus Soup Kitchen received a unique valentine, courtesy of listeners of the 106.3 WCTL radio station.

For the fourth year in a row, the radio station collected handmade cards during its Healing Hearts Project. The valentines which came in different sizes, styles, and forms were created by people of all ages who gathered to make the cards in groups - such as scout troops, Sunday school classes, or youth groups - or during the WCTL's Healing Hearts Day at Millcreek Mall, where...