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World Day of Prayer for Vocations
April 21, 2018

Sunday, April 22, marks the 55th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. While the emphasis of this day of prayer is concentrated on vocations to the religious or ordained way of life, it is at heart a day to join together in prayer for women and men who are attempting to discern their particular vocation in life.

Listening, discerning, and living are the concepts that lie at the heart of Pope Francis’ message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations. He speaks of the need for a listening heart and a process of discernment...

What Sisters and Oblates are Reading: Latest Book Review by Audrey Steff
April 19, 2018

In reading Glass Houses by Louise Penny I found it to be very entralling, thought-provoking and of course, very good. Here is Penny's 13th novel with her hero Armand Gamache, chief superintendent of the Montreal Police, involved in a mystery within a mystery, leading to an explosive ending.

Penny's cast of characters, some "regulars" along with some new additions, live up to their reputations, although with each new book the reader will learn much more about these amazing people who live in a simple Canadian village called Three Pines. I even saw a bit of understanding and...

Church of the Cross at Sister Gus' Kids Cafe
April 17, 2018

“While cleaning at Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe, I just kept thinking about the kids and praying for them,” said Nancy Daniel, of the Church of the Cross. “‘Who will be sitting here tomorrow?’ I thought, and then said a special prayer for that child.”

Nancy, along with a dozen others, volunteered to clean the Kids Cafe as a part of their church organized book discussion groups. Three groups from the Church of the Cross read the same book, Renegade Gospel, The Rebel Jesus by Mike Slaughter. In their reading and fellowship, the groups felt called to act upon their Christian faith and “step...

Discover your Inner Artist
April 10, 2018

Discover your inner artist at this Acrylic Painting session for adults taught by artist and Neighborhood Art House teacher, Mary Kay Geary. New to painting? – this is for you! You’ve attended before? – expand your skills with a new painting. Classes are for adults and will not exceed 15 participants, so register early. The registration fee of $35.00 includes all materials, snacks and soft drinks.

Friday, April 20 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Neighborhood Art House
201 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16503

Use of the Registration Form is preferred. Click...

YPC at the Monastery
April 7, 2018

The chapel at Mount St. Benedict Monastery was filled with music when the Young People’s Chorus of Erie (YPC) performed part of their upcoming spring concert for sisters and guests under the direction of Gabrielle Dietrich, conductor, and accompanied by Joyce Kriner, pianist.

“These talented young people leave no doubt in my mind that choral music is in good hands for the future,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, community musician and host. “It was a beautiful concert in every way. The musical renditions were in a variety of styles and languages, all with meaningful messages and...

St. George Catholic School's "Jeans Day" benefits Emmaus Ministries
April 6, 2018

“Wow! This is an awesome amount of money you raised!” said Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus, when she met Maddie and Leah, two eighth graders from St. George Catholic School who brought the proceeds of their school’s “Jeans Day” to Emmaus. “Did you expect to raise this much?”

“Each student is encouraged to bring a dollar to wear jeans but if you donate more, like five dollars as I did,” said Leah, “that’s okay, too.”

Students and staff participated in a “jeans day” where they were encouraged to donate $1 to Emmaus Ministries in order to wear jeans to school for the day...

Chapter 57 Online Gallery and Store
April 5, 2018

Select items from the 2018 Women's Art Show, Creation, are available for sale at our new online store and Gallery. The store is a smaller version of our monastery gift shop, Chapter 57.

Visit the Gallery here.

Items from the Art Show are available until April 29. Purchases will be shipped the following week.

Other online offerings include Mount St. Benedict Monastery t-shirts and sweatshirts, hand-crafted greeting cards, select artwork, and music and prayer resources.

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What a team!
March 31, 2018

The chapel is being transformed from the starkness of Lent to the fullness of Easter. A team is working together to create an environment that speaks of new life and new creation so that all will be in readiness for the celebration of the Easter Vigil. The hope: beauty that expands the hearts of all in praise and worship of God the Creator.

Photo: (L-R): Sisters Elizabeth Oettel, Irene Spacht, Kath Horan, and Karen Oprenchok, Oblate Marie Wolf, and Sister Charles Marie Holze.

Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace
March 30, 2018

Benedictines for Peace have held their 38th annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace. Click here to view Go.Erie Facebook coverage by Sarah Grabski, online reporter. In the video Sister Anne Wambach explains the reason behind the walk: "We walk for peace throughout our city, remembering all the suffering throughout our world."


O God, Hear our Prayer
March 30, 2018

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 Egg Fun
March 28, 2018

Benedictines cultivate beauty whenever they can – even in the art of Easter egg decorating. “There was nothing haphazard about the annual event organized by Sister Helen Heher,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, one of the egg decorators. “Every detail was attended to with care. It was so inviting that you couldn’t help but want to decorate eggs and create something beautiful.”

Eggs are symbolic of new life and for Christians decorated Easter eggs are a sign of Resurrection life and joy. “It was a fun evening,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “As the number of beautifully decorated...