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Getting Ahead
February 13, 2017

“The program works like a round table think tank to discuss common social issues we’re dealing with,” says Sister Miriam Mashank to an Emmaus Pantry guest, describing the employment preparation program, Getting Ahead. “We focus on these three topics: What is poverty? How did I get into poverty? and How do I get out of poverty?”

This week, she’s sitting behind a small desk at the Emmaus Pantry talking with guests about the opportunity to sign up for the ten-week pre-employment training program sponsored by Erie City Mission. Getting Ahead only runs three times a year, accepting 15...

Scholastica: She could do more because she loved more
February 10, 2017

February 10 is the church calendar day dedicated to Scholastica, the sister of Benedict. It will be a festive day at the monastery as we mark the solemnity of a Benedictine woman saint of whom Pope Gregory the Great wrote: “She could do more because she loved more.” At heart, the celebration of Scholastica is a celebration of the monastic way of life. For us it is a cause for great rejoicing as well as remembering—we remember who we are and what we are about and we renew ourselves so we can continue to bring the gift of monasticism to the Church and to the world.

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Project Miriam
February 9, 2017

With pamphlets, DVDs, prayer cards and medals of Benedict in hand Sister Marilyn was ready to tell her vocation story and the story of the Erie Benedictines to a group of high school and college-age women who had accepted the invitation to attend Project Miriam, A Vocation Dinner.

Sponsored by the Erie Diocese and facilitated by Father Michael Polinek, Diocesan Vocation Director, the event provided the opportunity to learn more about religious life. Held at Villa Maria Academy, the evening was attended by approximately 36 young women who enjoyed a simple supper of soup, sandwiches...

Midnight Snacks
February 6, 2017

“I’m off to the grocery store to get something for the guests of Emmaus Soup Kitchen,” Marcia Frisina told her husband Dom, “but I’m still not sure of what I’ll get.”

When she got to the store and walked the aisles, she decided that bags of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with carrot and celery sticks might be nice. So she bought enough to make 105 bags worth, brought the supplies home, and made the sandwiches. Her husband packed the bags.

About a week prior, Marcia came to Emmaus for the first time to deliver felt scarves that she and her grandchildren made for our guests...

Reaching 100 is not always a reason to celebrate
February 2, 2017

Usually when the 100 milestone is reached—whether it is a person’s birthday, the anniversary of a business, the foundation of a community or school—it is a day to celebrate but not so today. The Take Back the Site Vigil being held this afternoon is the 100th since the effort to reclaim a site of violence for nonviolence began in 1999.

In a special article by Ron Leonardi in today’s Erie Times News Sister Marlene Bertke, who was instrumental in launching and organizing the program whose idea originated with Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, shared this about today’s vigil: "This person's...

What does the World Day for Consecrated Life mean for the Erie Benedictines?
February 1, 2017

For 20 years the Church has marked February 2 as a day of prayer for women and men who have consecrated their lives through the profession of vows and as a day to pray for vocations to the consecrated life.

In the Church calendar February 2 marks the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, also known as Candlemas Day—the blessing of candles symbolizing Christ, the Light of the world. This day is an invitation for all, not just those who live the consecrated life, to receive the light of Christ and to become the light of Christ in the world.

The Benedictine way is to seek God...

Emmaus Grove January Planning Meeting
January 31, 2017

It may be winter, but the Emmaus Grove Garden is already getting started! The advisory board met this week to discuss plans for the upcoming growing season.

Ellen DiPlacido and Mike Bailey, co-coordinators of the garden, reported on the successful 2016 season and led the group in a discussion of what worked well last year, what needs they foresee in the upcoming season, and possible new plants they would like to grow.

Pictured: Members of the Emmaus Grove advisory board at the January planning meeting. (Back...

BFP Supports Follow-Up Action to Women’s March: Post Card Campaign
January 30, 2017

On January 21, Benedictine Sisters and Oblates participated in the Women’s March in both Washington and Erie in support of women’s rights, the largest ever demonstrations in these respective cities. Around the world, a total of more than 3 million people, mostly women, joined together making it the largest combined demonstration in history. On January 29, many of those same sisters and oblates, along with other interested individuals, came together to sign post cards, the first of a series of actions initiated as a follow-up to the march.

The Women’s March committee is organizing...

Erin's January Blog
January 26, 2017
Erin (right) with Val and Jessica

Erin Carey, a 22 year old graduate of St. Benedict’s College in Minnesota, is volunteering here in Erie as part of the Benedictine Women Service Corps (BWSC), an outreach program of the Benedictine Sisters in Minnesota that encourages alumnae to volunteer in works of justice as they strive to live Benedictine values in a Benedictine community.

Erin is working part time at the Neighborhood Art House (NAH) teaching music...

Rapid Repairs
January 24, 2017

“Look at these chairs,” said Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, to Stephanie Grear, coordinator of the Kids Cafe. “The fabric is so used – maybe we should call someone and get these redone.”

The next day, Stephanie sent Sister Mary the pictures of the staff and children reupholstering the chairs with this caption: “We eat together, learn together, play together, and recover chairs together.”

Read this story and see more photos on the Emmaus Ministries webpage.

Women's March in Erie
January 23, 2017

At the Women’s March held in Erie, one of the sister marches throughout the United States organized to companion the Women’s March on Washington, there were more than 2000 participants, far surpassing the expectations of the planners and showing the interest and support of the people of Erie.

Women, men and children gathered, marched and peacefully proclaimed the need to stand in solidarity for protection of women’s rights, safety, health, and families -- recognizing that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of this country.

Benedictine Sisters and Oblates were...

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