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If resurrection changes everything, can it change me, can it change you?

Easter is an invitation to open our eyes to new life, to see what is and to envision what can be. Jesus, the human life of God, is let loose in the world to empower us to be resurrection . . . . Alleluia!

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News and Events

It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
December 23, 2018

Having engaged in a long-standing community tradition of tree trimming and tree blessing the monastery is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Once the tree was decorated, Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, pointed out that, “This tree is a blessing to our home. It reminds us of all that is beautiful, all that is filled with the gentleness and the promise of God. It stands in our midst as a tree of light that we might promise such beauty to one another and to our world.”

As is our custom, the tree was lighted by the member longest in the community. Sister Irene Warchol, 74 years a...

Advent: Week IV
December 22, 2018

We wait in peace.
We wait in expectation.
We pray for the light of Christ to come into the world.




SBEC Staff Celebrate
December 21, 2018

After shopping and wrapping and handing out gifts, the SBEC (St. Benedict Education Center) staff ended the week with a celebration of their own! They enjoyed a lunch out together, laughing and relaxing and telling stories.

“My staff amaze me every single day,” said Nancy Sabol, Executive Director. “The care and kindness they show is a gift they give throughout the year, and I am grateful to every one of them.”

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First Ever SBEC Christmas Shopping Experience
December 19, 2018

“The smiles on staff and participants’ faces at St. Benedict Education Center’s (SBEC) first Christmas Shopping Experience was a wonderful sight to see,” said Kara Bauer, Program Supervisor and organizer of the shopping experience. SBEC provided over 250 gifts for the children of all SBEC participants. The halls were filled with holiday music as shoppers were welcomed by SBEC staff elves. All participants were able to choose an age appropriate toy for each one of their children. After shopping they proceeded to the next room to get their gifts wrapped and labeled by an elf. Small...

Kids Cafe Christmas Store Donations
December 18, 2018

“Oh good, you’re donating LEGOs,” said Kids Cafe coordinator, Stephanie Grear, to the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society of Mercyhurst University when they delivered gifts for the children’s Christmas Store.

The Honor Society donated much more than LEGOs, including footballs, dolls, and more. But Stephanie was most excited about the LEGOs because recently, when asking the children at the Kids Café what four items they would ask of Santa for Christmas, one little boy said: “LEGOs, LEGOs, LEGOs, and… LEGOs!” And when asked if he thinks he’ll get any, he said, “I know I’m going to...

The tradition continues—another beautiful concert
December 17, 2018

“The North East Choral Club (NECC) is a wonderful group of women and being part of this group has allowed me to do what I love—sing,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble after the annual NECC Christmas concert. Sister Marilyn has been a member of the group for the past 10 years.

Under the direction of Nancy Bowers, the women performed both sacred and secular music. The theme, “Simplest of Gifts” told the Nativity story through music and scripture and this was followed by a selection of secular songs that added to the Christmas spirit. A number of sisters and oblates joined the crowd that...

Week III—Gaudete Sunday
December 15, 2018

We wait in joy.
We wait in expectation.
We pray for the light of Christ to come into the world.




Oblates Gather for Advent Reflection
December 14, 2018

Over 40 Oblates recently gathered at the monastery for an afternoon retreat led by Oblates Joanne Cahill and Barb Roseborough. Music was offered by Sister Jean Wollbert. The theme for the afternoon - My Soul in Stillness Waits - invited the participants to ask: What does it mean to wait? For what do I long? In particular, participants considered those times of waiting in life that are not planned and often not wanted: waiting for medical test results, waiting for drug therapies to work, waiting for relationships to heal, waiting for a wayward child to “come home”, waiting for...

Something smells good
December 13, 2018

Without a doubt the pizzelles made at the Mount are full of love and fun. Sister Marilyn Schauble, with the help of Sister Karen Oprenchok, whipped up the batter ahead of time so there was no delay in the annual baking adventure. The team of bakers included sisters, oblates and friends. They worked the irons and turned out dozens of pizzelles, a favorite Christmas cookie here in the monastery. “We had a couple of new helpers this year,” said Sister Marilyn. “Jackie, an oblate, and Terry, a visitor, joined right in and before long they were pressing beautiful pizzelles and having fun, too...

2018 SBA Christmas Party
December 11, 2018

There is nothing like the SBA spirit and energy,” said Sister Rosanne Loneck when asked about the annual St. Benedict Alumnae Association (SBA) Christmas Party. “This group really knows how to enjoy a good time.”

And a good time the 320 guests had at the 29th Annual SBA Christmas Party held at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center. The signature gift baskets for the raffle were plentiful, 76 in all. The raffle is one of the highlights of the party and this year’s proceeds benefitted the Alumnae Association and the Inner City Ministries of the Benedictine Sisters.


Oblate Initiate Breanna Mekuly is headed to Panama
December 10, 2018

Breanna Mekuly, a new oblate initiate with the Erie Benedictines, will attend World Youth Day, an international Catholic event focused on religious faith and youth, due to be celebrated on January 22-27, 2019 in Panama City, Panama. She will be attending as part of a Catholic LGBTQI coalition group named Equally Blessed. To learn more about Breanna and this event, click here to read her blog.

Breanna Mekuly works with the Erie Benedictines at...