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Pray the O Antiphons

The "O Antiphons," one of the oldest liturgical rituals in the church, are prayed around the world during the final days of Advent. For the seven days before Christmas, we recall in these prayers a quality of Christ that must be realized before the presence of Christ can consume the world.

Join us in prayer. Listen to the Benedictine Sisters sing the antiphons that were composed by the late Erie Benedictine Sister Mary David Callahan.

O Adonai

December 18
When we build a vision of life it is necessary to realize that Jesus must be the center of it—not our institutions, good as they may be; not our plans or personal talents, necessary as they are. — Joan D. Chittister, OSB

O Adonai, leader of the ancient Israel, giving Moses, while in the burning bush, the law on Sinai. Come with outstretched arms and teach us.


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Advent is the season of preparing to birth the Christ in our lives and in our world. It is a time to slow down, to pray: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; it is a time to wait with patience for the reign of God. “It is while waiting for the coming of the reign of God, Advent after Advent, that we come to realize that its coming depends on us.” (From The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister, OSB)

Take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Advent with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel features the sisters’ handbell choir under the direction of Sister Marilyn Schauble.

Christmas Appeal 2018

Christmas is a time when we celebrate the birth of Christ and the coming of Christ’s light into our world. The Christ child in our midst is a gift that invites us to expand our hearts and our giving.

Please consider a financial gift to our Christmas Fund! Your gift will support our ministries and assist with the upkeep of our monastery. It will also bring love and care to our senior sisters who worked so long for so little.

Click here to read more or go to our secure website and give now.

News and Events

St. Benedict Education Center participates in Convoy of Hope
August 23, 2018

“St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) was fortunate to be one of the agencies volunteering when the convoy rolled into town,” shared Nancy Sabol, SBEC Executive Director. As mentioned in a previous web story, Convoy of Hope is a national non-profit organization that holds community events around the country, and this year marked their first visit to Erie, PA. Thousands of people came to this event on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School.

“SBEC had a booth in the Job & Career Services tent and...

We weep, we lament . . .
August 21, 2018

Pastoral care and compassion for victims of any form of sexual abuse, especially by clergy and those individuals in whom confidence and trust is placed, as well as the protection of children and vulnerable adults, is a priority for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

As our Corporate Commitment reads: “. . . we commit ourselves to be a healing presence and prophetic witness for peace by working for sustainability and justice, especially for women and children.”

In the days since the release of the...

Convoy of Hope
August 21, 2018

“When families thrive; communities thrive.” This was the hope behind the huge Convey of Hope event that provided a free array of services to Erie’s poor on Saturday, August 18. Organized with the help of several local churches and businesses, the gathering took place at Pfieffer-Burleigh, the elementary school directly across the street from Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food pantry. Many guests of Emmaus participated.

Over 4,000 people in Erie attended the event and received free items such as groceries, a warm meal, health services, new shoes, a family portrait, and vegetable plants....

St. Benedict Education Center staff and participants volunteer with ServErie
August 15, 2018

ServErie is a nonprofit organization that takes on various local projects with the goal of making a difference in Erie.

This year six participants and three staff members from St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) volunteered for ServErie’s School Initiative Project at Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School. “Pfeiffer-Burleigh is SBEC’s neighbor as well as where many of the participants’ children attend school,” explained Kara Bauer, SBEC Program...

Thank you so much for your support through ERIE GIVES!
August 14, 2018

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for your support on Erie Gives Day.

We have learned that it takes generosity to discover the world through others. Your generosity tells us that you are willing to discover the world through the works and ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Emmaus Ministries, and the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House.

With your interest and help we are able, as scripture says, "to do immeasurably more than we could imagine" (Ephesians 3:20). We are grateful!

Erie Gives Day--August 14
August 13, 2018

On Erie Gives Day, Tuesday, August 14, a percentage match of your donation will expand your contribution to support:

• services to guests at EMMAUS MINISTRIES Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Kids' Cafe and/or
• THE NEIGHBORHOOD ART HOUSE programming for inner-city children

The Erie Community Foundation is sponsoring Erie Gives to help local nonprofit organizations raise funds needed for their various missions.

Date: Tuesday, August 14

Being in Communion: Standing Against Racism
August 11, 2018

Approximately 800 sister leaders from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) gathered August 10 on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis after reaffirming a 2016 resolution against racism as part of their 2018 annual assembly.

"In the presence of constant and painful reminders of the deep roots of racism in our country," reads the 2018 statement of recommitment, which echoes the wording of the 2016 resolution, LCWR pledges "to go deeper into the critical work of creating communion, examining the root causes...

Millennials and Monastics
August 8, 2018
Stephanie, Sister Anne, Sister Stephanie, Sister Val (Millennial and Monastic), Sister Ann, Sister Linda, Erin, Katie, Sister Mary Ellen, Jacqueline (Milliennial and Oblate)

Katie Gordon, a key player in the growing Nuns and Nones movement, recently spent a few days at Mount St. Benedict Monastery on the first leg of a research tour. A graduate student in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School, Katie is melding two interests, broadcast journalism (radio and podcasting) and spirituality, in her research as she visits communities of women religious to produce podcasts highlighting the stories of the foundresses.

“I left the Catholic church at 14 and that somehow freed me to seek...

Polka Fun at the Mount
August 5, 2018

Accompanied by the Mar-vels, a resident Polka Band of Erie, the sisters at the Mount enjoyed a morning of music and dance as part of the community’s leisure day. A grand time was had by all! Thanks, Mar-vels for making it, not only possible, but memorable!

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Novice Kathy turns wood with Sister Audrey
August 3, 2018

“The novice is given a choice of artistic experiences where she can learn something new, discover her creative spirit, and engage in beauty and meditation throughout the process. We call it ‘art as meditation,’” explains Sister Marilyn Schauble, novice director. “Monasticism has always encouraged the practice of the arts—from the illustration of texts to the singing of sacred chant, to tapestry weaving, sculpting, poetry and writing—and we want our new members to learn this tradition because it supports the development of a whole, healthy person.”

Novice Kathy McCarthy is finding...

Sister Joan Chittister at Chautauqua
July 31, 2018

Sister Joan Chittister returned to the Hall of Philosophy at the Chautauqua Institute on July 30 to open the Interfaith Lecture Series during the institute’s week on "A Spirituality of Work.”

Drawing from her book, Radical Spirit, Sister Joan explained the 12 steps of humility in the Rule of Benedict as an invitation to freedom, authentic living and the means to shaping a future that honors the common good.

The crowd was overflowing and the listening was intense as Sister Joan explored the need for work that will be a...