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Benedictine Sisters of Erie respond to senseless act of gun violence in Florida
February 15, 2018

On February 14, 2018, our nation witnessed, yet again, a horrific mass shooting. We, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, are grief-stricken by the senseless loss of life and severe injury to the minds, hearts and spirits of the many who were part of this traumatic happening at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

We uphold in prayer the victims and their loved ones, the perpetrator, and the countless number of students, families, teachers, administrators, first responders, and law enforcement personnel who have been deeply affected by this irrational act of...

Discover your Inner Artist
February 14, 2018

The Discover Your Inner Artist series returns with Acrylic Painting on Friday, March 2, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Tap into that “inner artist” under the direction of 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. This class for adults will not exceed 15 participants, so register early: 455-5508 or Your registration fee of $35 includes all materials, snacks and soft drinks...

Lent and the culture of encounter
February 13, 2018

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,...

Valentine's Day: How would it be if just for today . . .
February 13, 2018

St. Valentine was a Roman Christian who, according to tradition, was martyred during the persecution of Christians in the third century. Prior to his death, Valentine was imprisoned but he continued to witness to Christianity.

One day, a prison guard, a good man who had adopted a blind girl, asked if Valentine’s God could help his daughter. Valentine prayed and the girl was given her sight. The guard and his entire family saw this and believed and all were baptized. Upon hearing this, the Emperor, who was furious that Valentine continued to inspire converts, even in prison,...

Highlights from a Memorable Evening: 2018 Prophet of Peace Award
February 12, 2018

“Thank you . . . thank you sounds so empty . . . ,” said Sam Miller emotionally after receiving the 2018 Prophet of Peace Award. “I have so many people to thank . . . I am overwhelmed. Wanting peace, working for peace . . . it’s in my genes. My mother and father were people of peace.”

The annual award was given at a special Evening Prayer held at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on February 10, with a dinner following. The slide show, which can be viewed by clicking on the arrow, shows the highlights of a wonderful evening that celebrated a man who is a fearless champion for the...

J. Sam Miller--2018 Prophet of Peace
February 11, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie awarded the 2018 Prophet of Peace award to J. Sam Miller for the extraordinary manner in which he uses his gifts for the good of others.

"Sam's efforts are clearly aligned with the Erie Benedictines' Corporate Commitment," said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. "His dedication has resulted in contributions that are both significant and far-reaching. His work is indeed a pursuit of justice and peace that is rooted in reverence and respect for all."

With prayer and praise...

The Feast of Scholastica
February 10, 2018

Today, February 10 is the feast of Saint Scholastica. She is the twin sister of Benedict of Nursia who is the founder of monastic communities and the one to whom the Rule of Benedict is attributed. From the little known of Scholastica it is clear that she was a strong woman who was deeply devoted to her religious life. She is celebrated by Benedictine women’s religious communities around the world as a woman who could “do more because she loved more” (Gregory the Great). We honor Scholastica.

Emmaus Ministries and Catholic Schools Week (part 2)
February 7, 2018

The second and third graders at St. Luke's Catholic School made minestrone soup for the Emmaus Soup Kitchen during Catholic Schools Week, January 29 - February 2.

While learning that if each person brings a small item, they can create a healthy meal for many, the inquisitive second and third graders of St. Luke's had a lot of questions about Emmaus Ministries. Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus staff member, responded the best she could. Here's how some of the conversations went:

Student: How many people come to the soup kitchen?
Breanna: There are about 250 people who come to the...

Emmaus Ministries and Catholic Schools Week (part 1)
February 6, 2018

"God has provided this world with enough food for all people to survive," said Father Mike DeMartinis to the second and third graders at St. Luke's Catholic School who were preparing soup for the guests at Emmaus as their service activity during Catholic Schools Week. "And though we have enough food in this world, not everyone has enough food to eat. That's why we're working with Emmaus today to make a meal - we want to ensure that we share the food we have with others who don't have any and are hungry."

Both St. Luke's and Our Lady of Peace Catholic schools chose to support Emmaus...

Benedictines participate in Vocation Day at St. Jude School
February 2, 2018

Erie Catholic School System, along with dioceses and schools across the nation, celebrated Catholic Schools Week (CSW) this past week. Some Erie Benedictines had the chance to be part of it thanks to Sister Katherine Horan, teacher at St. Jude School, Erie.

“Yesterday we at St. Jude School celebrated vocation day,” explained Sister Kath. “In support of the theme: Have Faith in Your Future—through building strong moral character, skills for academic success, and zeal for service to others, we organized a special event--Vocation Day.”

The CSW event included sisters,...

Refugees at SBEC participate in Little Hats Big Hearts Program
February 1, 2018

The refugees at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC), like so many of us, want to make a difference through outreach. To this end they have been busy working enthusiastically on a project entitled, “Little Hats Big Hearts Program” as a way of giving back to the community. Winsome Hoydu, a volunteer at SBEC spearheaded this undertaking in conjunction with The Children’s Heart Foundation of the American Heart Association. Under her guidance, the refugees knitted approximately 40 red hats for babies who will be born this month of February at...