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Easter Preparations at the Soup Kitchen
March 28, 2018

Holy Thursday at the soup kitchen has always been celebrated as the great feast that Jesus intended when, during his last supper with his followers, he broke bread and told them to love one another as he loved them. Not only are guests treated to a special five-star meal but they also receive early Easter gifts.

"Receiving Easter candy can bring back positive memories of when one was young," said Sister Rosanne Lindal-Hynes, the women's advocate at Emmaus Ministries. "We have a group of volunteers that each year put together a bag of traditional Easter candy."

Adult guests...

Emmaus Volunteer Profile: Marie Wolf
March 27, 2018

Today I was the sous chef at the soup kitchen. Marie Wolf, a volunteer at the soup kitchen and food pantry for seven years, brought me in and taught me how to prepare a meal for 150 people. We prepared pulled pork, potatoes with butter and garlic, fresh fruit, chili, and chicken and rice soup. I had plenty of questions for Marie. Because of all these questions I had, I decided to do an interview with Marie so others could learn, too, what Marie does when she works with Emmaus' cook, Shirley Whaley, in the kitchen.

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Request for Final Incorporation
March 26, 2018

Sister Jacinta Conklin was greeted with a joyful alleluia after she was accepted for final incorporation into the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

Sister Jacinta began her discernment when it became clear that her monastery in St. Marys, PA would be closing as a result of a climbing median age and lack of new members. She came to Erie in 2016 and began discerning the process of transfer which led to her request for final incorporation. Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, presented the Sister Jacinta’s request to the monastic chapter. A community vote was taken and Sister Jacinta was accepted...

March for Our Lives . . . Passion Sunday
March 25, 2018

Several sisters, oblates and friends of the community joined the hundreds who participated in Erie's March for Our Lives.

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks." --Yo-Yo Ma

Move forward with conviction . . . Plead for change . . . Pray for courage . . . Seek peace.

Now is the time--Share your passion.

Photo credit: Jackie Small, Oblate

Prioress' reflections for the Feast of Benedict: The Artisans of the Monastery
March 22, 2018

Sister Anne Wambach’s reflections for the March 21 Feast of Benedict and the Women’s Art Show currently on display in the monastery’s Chapter 57 Gallery share a common theme: the artisans of the monastery.

In her reflections Sister Anne notes that the artisans of the monastery “contribute greatly to the life, spirit and beauty of the community.” She also quotes Sister Joan Chittister’s commentary on Chapter 57 of the Rule of Benedict which says: “The function of the artist in the monastery is to make the transcendent visible… to touch the soul…to enshrine beauty so that we may...

Emmaus Congratulates Board Member on Romero Award
March 21, 2018

Mary Hoffman, board member and volunteer at Emmaus Ministries, was presented the 2018 Archbishop Oscar Romero Award by Mercyhurst University Department of Religious Studies on Tuesday, March 20.

She was honored for "her longstanding work educating and serving all of God's children - in our community and abroad - particularly those with special needs."

The Romero Award is named for the late archbishop of San Salvador who died from an assassin's bullet on March 28, 1980 or his outspoken and uncompromising commitment to the poor and oppressed of El Salvador. The Vatican...

Celebrate Benedict and "seed the future"
March 20, 2018

Benedictines around the world celebrate the Solemnity of Benedict on March 21. This day is the commemoration of the death of St. Benedict of Nurcia, the Father of Western Monasticism and author of the Rule that guides Benedictines to living in right relationship with God, self, others and the world. For Benedictine monastics the Rule answers the question: how are we to live life with meaning, direction and purpose?

As Joan Chittister remarks in A Monastery Almanac: “The life of this man whose ideals and the Rule have guided people for over 1500 years is clear proof that everything...

The Mount hosts "Be the Light" Leadership Team from Canisius College
March 19, 2018

Thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Canisius College has been able to offer a special summer program to high school sophomores and juniors called:BE THE LIGHT YOUTH THEOLOGY INSTITUTE. The Leadership team for the 2018 endeavor recently came to the monastery for a retreat/training experience hosted by Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, and facilitated by Sister Mary Ellen Plumb.

“An authentic Christian leader is a pilgrim, an individual who claims their own spiritual journey and empowers...

40 Cans for Lent
March 14, 2018

Chocolate. Facebook. Twitter. Meat. Sweets. Alcohol. Soda. During Lent, these are some of the most common things people give up.

Rather than solely fasting during Lent, the Knights of Columbus Council 4123 encouraged parishioners at their St. George Parish in Erie to donate a total of 41 cans, the equivalent of one item of food per day during Lent and one for Easter Sunday, to Emmaus Ministries.

"We ask you to please join in this opportunity to make a small sacrifice," said the Knights to their parish, "and turn it into a big difference in the lives of others."


2018 NCSW comes to an end
March 14, 2018

As National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) comes to a close on March 14, we realize that Sunday, March 11 will long be remembered by the more than 300 guests who came together at Mount St. Benedict Monastery to celebrate three sisters who were honored as part of the Erie recognition of NCSW: Sisters Marlene Bertke, OSB, Rita Brocke, RSM, and Mary Claire Kennedy, SSJ. These committed religious women were acclaimed for their many years of social justice work; they have set an example and a reminder that all are called to the work of peace and justice. “The turnout spoke volumes to all of the...

2018 Spring Art Show: "Creation"
March 13, 2018

The Chapter 57 Gallery is lined with new pieces to mark Women’s History month. The theme “Creation” is in celebration of women and their art in all forms.

“This year we are proud to exhibit the art of our Benedictine Sisters, Oblates and invited friends of the monastery,” said Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, manager of the monastery’s Chapter 57 Gift Shop and organizer of the show. “Our lives are filled with creation and this group of women exhibits unique ways of speaking inner truths and experiences through an array of media types.”

The show extends through April 29....