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"Creating a Community of Kindness – A Conversation” set for March 10
March 1, 2019

The public is invited to “Creating a Community of Kindness – a Conversation” on Sunday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at Mercyhurst University’s Walker Recital Hall.

The forum is part of the local celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, and is cosponsored by Mercyhurst University Campus Ministry.

Moderated by Eva Mastromatteo of Erie News NOW, the townhall-style conversation will include brief reflections on the importance of acts of kindness by Sister Mary Herrmann, SSJ; Jenell Patton, Mercyhurst Campus Ministry; Sister Natalie Rossi, RSM; and Sister Anne Wambach,...

Emmaus and Mercyhurst University
February 28, 2019

For the second semester in a row, Emmaus volunteer Cindy Liotta and staff member Breanna Mekuly presented students at Mercyhurst University with an opportunity to learn more about Emmaus Ministries.

Cindy and Breanna were guest speakers in two sessions of Dr. Mary Hembrow-Snyder’s “Exploring Catholicism” course. Their presentation entitled “Feeding the Hungry: Graces and Challenges,” explores the ins and outs of Emmaus: who we are, what we believe in, who we serve, and why we serve. Cindy and Breanna then address common myths around the topics of poverty, such as “All poor people...

Oil City Deanery CRM instrumental in spreading Care for the Earth
February 27, 2019

The earth came alive through colorful ribbons during the recent Catholic Schools Week celebrations in Venango and Clarion counties. Elementary students from St. Stephen School in Oil City, St. Patrick School in Franklin, and Immaculate Conception School in Clarion joined students at Oil City’s Venango Catholic High School in decorating “earth ribbon” trees as a reminder to care for the world around us.

Instrumental in this were Sisters Tina Geiger, RSM and Marian Wehler, OSB, of the area’s Catholic Rural Ministry (CRM). They have...

Second printing of Tweetable Rule
February 26, 2019

A book by Sister Joan Chittister that one reviewer called a “tweetable version” of The Rule of Benedict is now back in stock after selling out its first printing in less than six months. The review from WATER (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual) explains the popularity of A Little Rule for Beginners: Insights into Benedictine Spirituality.

“The 6th century original is a spiritual classic and this 21st century Tweetable version will have a long life as well. Joan Chittister takes bits of the Rule and riffs on them in artistic, poetic, some might say musical...

New Program at St. Benedict Community Center: Indoor Wheelchair Basketball
February 23, 2019

“Indoor wheelchair basketball got off to a great start,” said Sister Dianne Sabol, director of St. Benedict Community Center. “It was a night I will remember for a long time to come.”

The first indoor wheelchair basketball game was held on Thursday, February 21, from 6 to 7 pm. Wheelchair basketball is played by people with different levels of physical challenges that prevent running, jumping and pivoting. The indoor wheelchair basketball now available at St. Benedict Community Center promotes healthy competition, constructive time use, positive social interactions and valuable...

Build bridges, not walls
February 16, 2019

In keeping with our Corporate Commitment to work for sustainability and justice for all, especially women and children, and in being faithful to the Gospel of peace and justice we uphold and the Rule of Benedict that urges us to welcome all as Christ did, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie remain opposed to a border wall.

We object to the announcement of a national emergency that allows the transfer and irresponsible use of public funds to construct it. A border wall is unethical; it hurts people and damages...

A Special Valentine
February 14, 2019

Erie Benedictine Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski began offering retreats based on the seasons of Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring connected with the four Paths of Creation Spirituality (Via Positiva, Via Negativa, Via Creativa and Via Transformativa) over 30 years ago. Now she brings her experience and insights to a new audience via her podcast series.

Sister Carolyn's latest podcast is on Universal Love—and it went live today, Valentine’s day. What could be better than some added inspiration on a day where love is widely celebrated by many?


Valentine's Day
February 13, 2019

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,...

Photo Recap of a Memorable Occasion: 2019 Prophet of Peace Award
February 12, 2019

Enjoy a slide show of photo memories from the annual Prophet of Peace Award event. The Benedictine Sisters of Erie celebrated Edwina Gately as their 2019 Prophet of Peace on February 9, the Vigil of Scholastica, twin sister of Benedict who 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). Like Scholastica, Edwina Gateley is able to do more because she loves more. She is a poet, theologian, artist, writer, lay minister and a single mom—a modern day mystic and prophet.

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Mark your calendar now for an evening of sharing celebrating poet Mary Oliver
February 11, 2019

The words of the poet Mary Oliver have affected and inspired many of us. To honor the life of this beloved poet, who died in January, we will gather to share and reflect on the impact she has made in our own lives on Thursday, March 7. Come to the Women's Writing Studio at St. Mary's A Space to Create(310 East 19th Street, Erie) prepared to share a verse or stanza of her work that is meaningful to you as well as a personal response to your selection.

You might respond to your Oliver poem with a piece of art you've created, a movement or gesture to...

Edwina Gateley: 2019 Prophet of Peace
February 9, 2019

Edwina Gateley is a poet, theologian, artist, writer, and lay minister. She is a single mom and has been described as a modern day mystic and prophet. The Benedictine Sisters of Erie awarded the 2019 Prophet of Peace award to her for the extraordinary manner in which she uses her gifts for the good of others.

"Edwina’s efforts are clearly aligned with the Erie Benedictines' Corporate Commitment," said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. "She has given her life working for women and raising the issues of sexism...