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Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds: A Meditation

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance. ─William Sharp

See the beauty, hear the silence and enjoy the peace of Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds.

News and Events

Special Feature: Sisters knit for a cause; never retire
November 30, 2016

A special thank you to Mary Solberg, Editor of FaithLife, the bi-weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Erie.

The current edition includes a special feature about the Benedictine "Stay in the Loop" knitting group written by Mary: Sisters knit for a cause; never retire. Click here to read the front page story.

Photo credit: Mary Solberg


New Postulant Arrives
November 28, 2016

On Sunday, November 27, Kathy McCarthy knocked on the monastery door, accompanied by Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director. “I have walked with Kathy in her discernment process,” said Sister Marilyn. “I am very happy to walk with her into our monastery.” Upon entering the front door Kathy was greeted by the community and asked by Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress, “What is it that you seek?” Kathy replied, “I seek to live the monastic way of life in this community and continue my spiritual journey.”

Kathy, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, worked for L’Arche, Erie for many years...

A special thank you to Tennessee Backporch
November 28, 2016

If you are looking for a Christmas Show to give your holiday special meaning, give yourself the gift of Follow the Star with Tennessee Backporch.

The Benedictine Sisters were treated to a wonderful experience when Tennessee Backporch chose to do their dress rehearsal at the monastery for the upcoming show. Tennessee Backporch, Erie’s “premier variety band,” welcomes additional musicians for this special production. The show, created by Chris and Julie Moore, founding members of the band, showcases a number of original songs, many by Chris himself, as well as creative...

Advent begins
November 27, 2016

At the first Advent Vigil the circle of candles was blessed by Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress. The first candle was lit and carried in by the newest member, Sister Valerie Luckey, novice, as is the community’s custom. In a darkened chapel, all sang: “God of Light, we are waiting for you.” The single candle shone brightly and marked the start of Advent and an invitation to renewed hope.

In the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Advent (Matthew 24: 37 – 44) Jesus spoke to his disciples about staying awake and being ready for the coming of the Savior. Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski...

Advent in Post-Election Times
November 25, 2016

Advent, 2016

As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we reaffirm our corporate commitment to be a healing presence and prophetic witness for peace during this post-election time that continues to speak to the heart of who we are: women desiring to be our best selves in the wake of the divisive and hurtful rhetoric and action that often plagued our nation over the past several months.

We accept the ongoing challenge to which we are called each day: to witness to Gospel values of love and justice, welcome and inclusion, forgiveness and compassion, kindness and care, as we live the...

In Memoriam: Sister Bernadette Lorei, OSB
November 24, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Bernadette Lorei who entered into eternal rest on November 22, 2016. Please join us in prayer for Sister Bernadette.





Prayer + Thanksgiving = Peace
November 24, 2016

We extend gratitude to all of you who are part of our lives in a very real way. You are gift to us in the love you extend, in the kindness you give, and in the support you offer. For all of this and more, we are grateful.

Read a Thanksgiving message from Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress, and know that you are remembered with deeply felt appreciation.

View our prayer for you and know that we wish you a most blessed day of giving thanks.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Emmaus
November 22, 2016

Almost 300 guests attended the annual Emmaus Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner, always held a week before the holiday so as not to interfere with the many non-profits and local restaurants offering a free meal on the actual day. “This was our first celebration in the new kitchen,” said Sister Mary referring to the renovation that has occurred since the building sustained a fire in fall of 2015. “The ceiling panels were placed a day before the dinner and we hung all our beautiful art right before the doors opened. All that’s left is to replace the floors with new tile and we’re ready for an...

Blessing bags
November 20, 2016

“Blessing bags” are the latest creative fundraising effort organized for Emmaus soup kitchen. Darlene Feeney, long time volunteer at the Emmaus soup kitchen, initiated an effort that made 250 care bags for guests of Emmaus at the Thanksgiving dinner. The bags are filled with snacks, gum, wash cloths, soap, deodorant, pens, and more. “We hope these care bags remind the guests of the kitchen that people are thinking about and care for them,” she says.

Darlene was inspired to create these care bags after reading a blog post of Sister Susan Doubet, OSB, about how great the level of...

Mark your calendars: Open House at The Studio at St. Mary’s: A Space to Create
November 20, 2016

An open-house for The Studio at Saint Mary’s: A Space to Create will be held on DECEMBER 1. It will feature thirteen different artists, writers, yoga, video reiki and retreat instructors who will be present in their personal studios to share their work and engage guests in activities.

“The development of “The Studio” has exceeded our expectations,” said Erie Benedictine Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries whose Kids’ Cafe after-school program is located on the ground floor of the...

You CAN Make a Difference
November 17, 2016

Don’t think of it as just a “canned good,” Heidi Frantz tells her family and friends, think of it as someone’s next meal. What Heidi is referring to is her organizing drive to collect 300 canned goods for the Emmaus soup kitchen prior to the end of November. Calling the effort, “You CAN make a difference,” and advertising it on her Facebook, the Erie resident was happy to report that by early November she had already collected 200 cans of food. “It’s true,” she said. “Together we all CAN help feed the hungry.”

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