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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

NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus Is Coming to Erie
October 19, 2018

Who we elect matters. NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus is on the road again- for the first time in two years - to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes on the 2017 Tax Law and the many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Nuns on the Bus: the Tax Justice Truth Tour is traveling from California to Mar-a-Lago ahead of the 2018 midterms to focus on reasonable revenue for responsible programs.

We know that our tax policy hurts our communities while giving handouts to the wealthiest in our nation. We must work for just tax policies that mend the gaps in our nation...

Annual Appreciation Dinner: Thank you to the Fairfield Hose Company
October 17, 2018

In a show of gratitude the Benedictine Sisters of Erie hosted members of the Fairfield Hose Company for dinner and an evening of Benedictine hospitality. Established in 1945, this volunteer fire company is all about neighbors helping neighbors and has long served the neighborhood of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery.

Sister Marcia Sigler, having served for 10 years (1995-2005) as an active volunteer EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), is considered an honorary member of the company and does a lot of behind-...

SHE Matters Women's Event
October 15, 2018

Where do you go for medical or dental care if you’re a homeless or underserved woman in Erie? On Saturday, October 6th, you could go to SHE Matters Women’s event organized by students at LECOM along with the Faith Community Nurses at St. Benedict Education Center.

“Several guests of Emmaus Ministries attended the SHE Matters Women’s event,” said Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus employee, “including one of our larger families at the soup kitchen. The eldest daughter was thrilled because she won a bike! This was the first bike she had ever owned and she beamed the whole afternoon.”


Liturgy from A to Z: October 15, 2018
October 15, 2018

Every Monday Sister Karen Oprenchok posts an entry on Liturgy from A-Z. In today's post she again addresses Liturgical Environment. Click here to read what she has to say about setting the environment in the liturgical space.



Woodturner Sister Audrey Steff, Featured Artist
October 12, 2018
Woodturner Sister Audrey Steff

Chapter 57 Online Gallery and Gift Shop is featuring three original pieces by woodturner Sister Audrey Steff: two lighthouses and a small bowl.

Sister Audrey has been turning wood for more than 40 years and her pieces sell almost as soon as they are put out for sale. Lighthouses have become a favorite for her because, she explains, “I love being near the water and lighthouses are so significant to water.” And then she adds with a grin, “But really, someone asked me to make one. So, I did, and I found I liked...

OSV article: Sisters 'Take back the Site'
October 12, 2018

Thanks, Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, for the TAKE BACK THE SITE story in the OSV (Our Sunday Visitor) weekly. Click here to read Sisters ‘Take Back the Site’ –an article which captures the meaning and message, commitment and care of the TAKE BACK THE SITE VIGILS.


EMTA and Emmaus
October 11, 2018

“We appreciate all that Emmaus does for the community and especially for many of our customers,” said Erica Nowak, the Marking Manager at EMTA, “and we want to recognize them with this donation.”

During the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (EMTA’s) annual Customer Appreciation Week, they raised $1,960 for Emmaus Ministries. The funds came from a Jeans Day for drivers and office personnel. John Renwick, president of ATU Local 568 added, “Our employees love doing this for Emmaus and want to donate more so they can have more jeans days.”

During Customer Appreciation Week,...

A glorious time of year, a glorious day
October 10, 2018

What a day! Sunny, clear, 80+degrees—glorious! The Benedictine Sisters welcomed Sister Veronica Mirage and the eighth grade students from All Saints of St. John Vianney School, Wickliffe, OH, for their annual visit to the monastery and it was indeed glorious.

After visiting the Benedictine ministries in downtown Erie the students, along with their chaperones and teachers, traveled to the monastery. They joined the community for Midday Prayer and lunch, enjoyed fun activities and then took off to view the grounds. Glorious!...

Understanding Erie Refocused
October 9, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie hosted an Enrichment Series featuring the topic: Erie Refocused—Building Community through Collaboration. Sisters and guests came together to learn the context and details of the ongoing efforts to remake Erie.

The presentation, introduced by Sister Christin Kosin, member of the Ongoing Monastic Formation Committee, provided information to clarify and gain understanding of Mayor Joe Schember’s vision and plan named Erie Refocused. “I didn’t know what Erie Refocused really was,” said one...

Liturgy from A to Z: October 8, 2018
October 6, 2018

Every Monday Sister Karen Oprenchok posts an entry on Liturgy from A-Z. In today's post she addresses Liturgical Environment through the Call to Prayer.

Click here to read more and to listen to the bells that call the community to prayer each day.


Is anyone among you sick?
October 5, 2018

“May all of us know peace, healing and the deep strength of our common faith,” prayed Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, as the community gathered for the celebration of the Sacrament of Anointing within the setting of the community’s evening prayer.

The sisters companion those being anointed. The sacrament is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength to those who suffer illness or old age. Anointing with the sacred oil is a sign of blessing by the Spirit. The sacramental anointing can inspire and comfort both those who are being anointed as well as all who are...