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Golf Tournament plans being finalized
March 19, 2019

The planning committee for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie Charity Fundraiser Golf Tournament to be held Monday, June 17 at Lake Shore Country Club held a luncheon meeting at the monastery on March 19 to finalize plans. “We only have a few sponsorships left and then we’re sold out,” said Sister Mary Jane Vergotz, Director of Development. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the enthusiastic response to this first fundraising attempt.”

Click here for more information about the tournament.


Novice Kathleen McCarthy makes her First Monastic Profession
March 17, 2019

The first profession made by Novice Kathleen McCarthy at Vigil Prayer on March 15 coincided with the death anniversary of Benedicta Riepp, the young leader of the first Benedictine sisters in America who, with courage and fortitude, brought and adapted European monastic life to this new, emerging country. “The simple beginnings culminated with the establishment of 50 monasteries, including our own in 1856,” explained Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “What a wonderful day to profess a commitment that has been emulated by Benedictine women through the ages in the United States as a result of...

May God have mercy . . .
March 15, 2019

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie are appalled at the latest act of violence hurled against innocent people who were defenseless as they prayed to their God.

“We offer support and compassion to our Muslim sisters and brothers, especially to the victims and their families in Christchurch” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “We pray for God’s mercy and we hope that we will never lose sight of the human vulnerability that unites us as one family in this world that we share.”

As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we commit ourselves to be a healing presence and prophetic witness...

GE Donation to Emmaus Soup Kitchen
March 13, 2019

On the morning of Thursday, March 7th, GE union workers brought boxes of prepared sandwiches, oranges, and more to Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

The sandwiches were originally prepared for the GE union workers on strike but the night before, Wabtec and GE decided on a 90-day negotiation period so the GE union workers ended their strike. All the food they bought to continue feeding strikers, they donated to Emmaus instead.

Emmaus received over 300 already prepared sandwiches, 10 bags of frozen meatballs, 7 bags of prepared Sloppy Joe’s, boxes of bread, dozens of eggs, and oranges....

The Creation of a Community of Kindness
March 11, 2019

Creating a Community of Kindness was the topic. Mercyhurst University Walker Recital Hall was the place. Religious Sisters, Erie political leaders, and Mercyhurst staff gave the input. Erie News NOW and the Northwest bank were the sponsors. Sisters, friends and interested members of the Erie community were the audience. Put it all together and you have the makings of a conversation, panel discussion and sharing—and the creation of a community of kindness.

The initiative was part of the annual celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week planned by the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters...

2019 Spring Art Show: “In praise of . . .
March 11, 2019

The Chapter 57 Gallery is lined with new pieces to mark Women’s History month. The theme “In praise of…” is in celebration of women and their art in all forms.

“This year we are proud to exhibit the art of our Benedictine Sisters, Oblates and invited friends of the monastery,” said Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, manager of the monastery’s Chapter 57 Gift Shop and organizer of the show. “Our lives are filled with reasons to give praise and this group of women exhibits unique ways of speaking inner truths and experiences through an array of media types.”

The show opened on...

International Women's Day and NCSW
March 8, 2019

“Today is International Women’s Day,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “Here at the monastery we try to be mindful and celebrate women’s achievements each and every day.”

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8, which is now also the designated opening of National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW). Both celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.

Sister Anne continued: “The Rule of Benedict (RB...

SBA Alum Chef Lisa featured in Erie Times News
March 8, 2019

Lisa Heidelberg, a proud SBA alumnae and success story, stocks the Courthouse Café, in the Erie County Courthouse, Mondays through Fridays. In addition, she serves as a personal chef and anytime caterer, preparing everything out of her commercial kitchen on West Eighth Street.

Chef Lisa was recently featured in the Erie Times News and today, March 8, on International Women’s Day, we draw attention to a woman whose interest in food and fitness has made her a household name.

Click here to read “Erie Courthouse cook pleads...

Lent and the culture of encounter
March 6, 2019

Lent begins. The annual 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The journey to Easter and the expectation of resurrection.

“If you were to enter the monastery chapel you would know a new season has begun,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “You encounter the cross positioned in the center of the worship space; a purple candle invites peace and contemplation; the Word of God is visible and the open book issues an unspoken invitation to listen deeply during this special time.”

Pope Francis suggests that Lent is the “season for renewing our encounter with Christ,...

Congratulations to Oblate Malinda Bostick
March 5, 2019

Oblate Malinda Bostick has been selected by the Mercy Center for Women as one of this year’s "Women making History." She and 12 other Erie women will be honored at a special event on Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 PM at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center, Mercyhurst University. The event is free and open to the public.

"Malinda was chosen because during her life she has demonstrated a commitment to personal growth and development, dedicated service to her community, strong moral values, and the...

See what Joan Martter has to say about being an Emmaus Volunteer
March 4, 2019

Emmaus staff member Breanna Mekuly interviewed Joan Martter about her time volunteering at Emmaus. This is what she had to say.

Breanna: How long have you been serving at Emmaus?
Joan: I first started serving at the soup kitchen in 2000. Initially, I came to the soup kitchen to deliver the proceeds of our Angel Tree for Sister Rosanne’s children’s Christmas celebrations.* I was working with Fairview High School and the Angel Tree was a part of our Key Club. Soon after, I started bringing desserts once a month to the soup kitchen.

Breanna: But recently you’ve also been...