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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...

Memories of a glorious celebration: Sister Patricia's Perpetual Monastic Profession
October 11, 2017

“Today we witness the profession of a woman who is responding to the constant call of God,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, on the occasion of the Perpetual Monastic Profession of Sister Patricia Witulski, OSB. “For a woman whose life is about seeking God, perpetual monastic vows become the capstone of that life.” With this understanding and desire Sister Patricia made her perpetual monastic commitment to the vows of stability, conversion of life, and obedience, on October 7, 2017.

The solemn ceremony took place in the chapel at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. The celebration...

It’s that time of year again
October 10, 2017

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.

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 and then took off to view the grounds. “The weather could not have been more perfect for the outside walking tour,” said Sister Veronica.


Welcome to our new neighbors
October 9, 2017

Benedictine Sisters Rosanne Lindal-Hynes and Carolyn Gorny-Kopowski offered a special welcome to their new neighbors: the nondenominational congregation of New Life Spirit Revival Center who recently purchased St. Mary’s Church on East 9th Street.

“We have a lot of history with St. Mary’s,” explained Sister Rosanne, “and we wanted to show our Benedictine hospitality.” She and Sister Carolyn brought flowers as a welcome gift from the Erie Benedictines and shared worship with the group. Sister Rosanne reminisced about having made her perpetual monastic profession in the church and...

Sister Patricia Witulski celebrates Perpetual Monastic Profession
October 7, 2017

Congratulations to Sister Patricia Witulski on the occasion of her Perpetual Monastic Profession celebrated today, October 7, 2017, at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery.

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



2017 Serra Club Picnic
October 5, 2017

Members from the communities of religious women in Erie were guests at a gathering in their honor. The annual picnic, sponsored by the Serra Club of Erie and hosted by Bill and Becky Hilbert, was held at Camp Notre Dame last weekend. A number of Benedictines were in attendance.

Erie Serra is an organization of Catholic women and men committed to growing in holiness and fostering vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The social, liturgy and picnic were an expression of gratitude to the women religious, especially during this Year of Consecrated Life. “Your impact on the...

Thank you for a successful Harvest Fest!
October 4, 2017

It was a perfect Fall October day – sunny and warm – for the Emmaus Grove Harvest Fest 2017. Tennessee Backporch played music, children roasted marshmallows, friends danced, visitors took tours of the renovated Soup Kitchen and Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School, and friends ate and talked.

Over 150 benefactors, guests, volunteers, and staff members of the different Emmaus Ministries were all in attendance at the Harvest Fest.

“Thank you so much for inviting us to celebrate with you all,” said a regular guest of the Soup Kitchen who wandered over to the Harvest Fest...

Mission Accomplished
October 3, 2017

And they did it! Congratulations to all who participated in Cycling with Sisters--We're on a Mission Together, a social justice, cycling and social media pilgrimage. The group arrived at Horseshoe Falls in Canada after a day of cycling that covered 100+ miles and several stops to pray and bring awareness to the social justice work of Catholic sisters and their collaborators.

The group was spearheaded by Stephanie Hall (Communication Director for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwest, PA) and Sister Linda Romey, OSB (Web...

NAH Fundraiser: Vacation Opportunity - Offers accepted October 2-9
October 3, 2017

Due to the creative thinking and generosity of one of our supporters, the Art House is offering a week-long resort opportunity on Hilton Head Island. Make the best offer and a wonderful vacation awaits you.

* WHEN? November 26 - December 3
* WHERE? Bluewater Resort & Marina, Hilton Head Island, SC Resort Webpage
* WHAT? 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Key

West style unit (sleeps 6) with fully equipped kitchen, spacious dining and living areas, entertainment center, and...

Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA celebrates 35 years
October 2, 2017

This year marks the 35th year of service offered by the Second Harvest Foodbank of NWPA.

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie have always had a strong connection with Second Harvest. Benedictine Sister Augusta Hamel (d. 1998) was the first Director of what was then called the Erie Community Foodbank. The name change occurred in 1990 so as the better reflect the outreach of Second Harvest throughout northwest Pennsylvania.

Through the years, different sisters have worked at Second Harvest. In 1991 Sister Christine Vladimiroff (d.2014) was appointed as president and CEO of the...