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First Profession Highlights
October 26, 2017

On October 21, 2017, Sister Valerie Luckey made her intentions clear: "I ask that I may continue to seek God in this Benedictine community through first monastic profession."

“Today, Val is proclaiming that she has chosen to make this journey, this endeavor into the life and ways of Jesus, not by herself, but with others….as part of a group that is on the same search, with the same goals and values and under the same guides, namely the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Rule of Benedict,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “We welcome Sister Valerie to continue on that path with us in...

Join the Silent Peace Walk on October 25
October 25, 2017

In response to the escalating tensions and divisiveness present in our country and our world, Benedictines for Peace hosts monthly Silent Peace Walks. The October Silent Peace Walk is part of 2017 Campaign Nonviolence with over 900 nonviolent actions planned around the country. The silent walk is 20 minutes long and begins and ends with a short gathering. Walk in peace, for peace, with people from all walks of life, and make a statement to the world.

Sponsored by Benedictines for Peace.

Date: Wednesday, October...

Longtime Emmaus Food Pantry Volunteer Dmitry Tishehenko Turns 90 years old!
October 23, 2017

From Sister Lucia Surmik, coordinator of the Emmaus Food Pantry: “Our quiet, smiling, ever young Dmitry has been a dedicated volunteer at Emmaus Food Pantry for fifteen years. Dmitry, very quietly but so cheerfully, gathers our empty cardboard boxes and loads them on the truck for recycling. He is seen filling in wherever he is needed, especially helping the elderly and guests who need extra assistance with their bags of food. We have been blessed with Dimitry’s gentle and peaceful presence among us. We wish him a very Happy 90th Birthday!”


Sister Valerie Luckey celebrates First Monastic Profession
October 21, 2017

Congratulations to Sister Valerie Luckey on the occasion of her First Monastic Profession celebrated at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on October 21, 2017.

Click here to read the reflections given by Sister Anne Wambach, prioress.


AIM Board Gathers at Mount Saint Benedict
October 20, 2017
AIM Board and staff

AIM Board Gathers at Mount Saint Benedict

Sister Theresa Zoky, Executive Director of AIM USA (Alliance for International Monasticism) hosted the annual meeting of the AIM Board of Trustees at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery with the help of her staff, Sisters Therese Glass and Ann Hoffman. Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, was also in attendance. “It is always a pleasure to welcome these dedicated monastics into our home,” said Sister Anne. “We are enriched by their presence and their commitment to assisting missionary monasteries throughout the world.”

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In case you missed it . . .
October 18, 2017

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, and sisters welcomed more than twenty individuals into their home at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on October 11 for a Wills and Estate Planning Seminar. According to Dr. Emma Lee McCloskey, Director of Major and Planned Giving for the Benedictine Sisters, “We were thrilled with the sizable response to the sisters’ invitation to visit with them at the Mount and learn about this topic.”

An additional 13 people who could not attend the presentation wrote to say they were remembering the sisters in their wills....

What better way to say thank you than with a Pasta Dinner and Ice Cream Sundaes?
October 17, 2017

Pasta and meatballs, salad and bread, and ice cream sundaes---who wouldn’t like that? Perhaps it is better to ask: Who always likes that? And that would be the members of the Fairfield Hose Company. They were dinner guests of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie at the annual appreciation dinner held for them at the monastery. This volunteer fire company has been serving the neighborhood since 1945.

“Saying thank you to the Fairfield Hose Company has always been important to our community and this pleasant, fun-filled evening is a small gesture on our part to do just that,” said...

Ohio Students Visit the Kids Cafe
October 17, 2017

“I reminded them that they are the age of several of our children who come to the Kids Cafe,” said Breanna Mekuly, a staff member of Emmaus Ministries who led the 39 eighth graders from All Saints of St. John Vianney School, of Wickliffe, OH, on a tour of the Kids Cafe. “And I could tell that these students and our children are not much different: when I led them into the game room, they went straight for the pool table and basketball hoop, just like our own children do each day!”

Each year, the eighth graders come from Ohio to tour the Erie Benedictine Sisters’ different ministries...

What a party—Sister Placida’s 100th!
October 16, 2017

Sister Placida Anheuser turned 100 years old—is there any better reason to have a party? Not only that, but she is the first Erie Benedictine in the community’s 160+ years that has reached her 100th birthday. “Yes, there is much to celebrate,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, “and celebrate we did!”

At Sister Placida’s request pizza was the party food of choice—who doesn’t like pizza? Combine that with a special song written for the occasion, story sharing, well wishes and ice cream cake and you have a memorable evening that allowed the community to tell Sister Placida how...

Breanna Mekuly: We did it!
October 13, 2017

“I was on such an adrenaline high from biking so far,” said Emmaus Ministries staff member, Breanna Mekuly, “that I just kept peddling and peddling until I could see the mist from Niagara Falls. Then I shouted: WE DID IT!”

Breanna was one of seventeen cyclists who biked from North East, PA to Niagara Falls, Ontario on Monday, October 2nd as a part of the Cycling with Sisters – We’re on a Mission Together pilgrimage. They biked 100 miles as a part of a “pedaling and social media pilgrimage” in which their goal was to promote the social justice work of Catholic sisters and their...

When the end is the beginning
October 12, 2017

The smoking thurible filled with incense swooped through the space overhead and ritualized the end of the Camino walk for Carol Vaccariello. But it wasn’t the end for her she said. “What I learned from this amazing experience is that the end is the beginning.”

In the recent Enrichment Series at Mount St. Benedict monastery Carol shared her experience of the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north-western Spain. Over the years the Camino has developed into a vibrant hub of Spanish culture that attracts...