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Advent: Week III
December 16, 2017

Sister Valerie Luckey, who recently made her first monastic profession, placed the third candle in the Advent wreath at the beginning of the Vigil. Let our prayer continue to be:

Hopeful longing sung through the ages.
God's reign of justice fulfilled in our days.
Christ, Redeemer,
come pierce the dark of night.
Come, Lord Jesus, be our light.

(“Hopeful Longing” by Ricky Manolo and Dan Schutte)

The fourth and final Advent Vigil will be held next Saturday, December 23, 7:00 PM, in the monastery chapel. Sister Joan Chittister will give the...

St. Stephen’s Nursery School donates to Emmaus
December 15, 2017

How can children who are barely out of diapers – ages three to five years old – help the guests of the Soup Kitchen?

Well, when your nursery school has a director that volunteers at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen on a regular basis, you might begin learning about how to give back to your community before you’re even six years old!

Shelia Causgrove volunteers at Emmaus Soup Kitchen the first Wednesday of each month and was encouraged to host a personal care drive at St. Stephen’s Nursery School, where she is the director.

“In collecting these items for Emmaus,” said Shelia, “...

2017 SBA Christmas Party
December 14, 2017

“A cheer for SBA for dear old SBA. Let’s sing her memory in joyful song,” rang out loud and clear as more than 364 folks joined in singing the school song at the 2017 St. Benedict Academy Alum Christmas Party. “It was one of the best parts of the evening,” said Ann Comstock, SBA Alum Director. “There is nothing like the spirit and loyalty of these women.”

This year’s event attracted more than a dozen first time attendees and guests. The celebration, held at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center, was made...

Global Sisters Report posts latest article by Sister Linda Romey
December 13, 2017

“The cultural messages that devalue and objectify women and the definition of women’s role as silence and submission are ingrained in us — in our families as we grow up, at every level of our educational system, in workplaces, in sports and in entertainment. And in our churches and religious communities,” writes staff member Sister Linda Romey in her latest column on Global Sisters Report (GSR), "Bringing Darkness to Light." But we are now seeing those messages lose their hold on us as we move from darkness to light in very real and public ways—and religious women continue to guide and...

Vigil for a Clean DREAM Act
December 12, 2017

Benedictines for Peace (BFP) will hold a vigil for DACA recipients on Tuesday, December 12, 4:00 PM at Congressman Mike Kelly’s office (Intermodal Center, Holland St. and Bayfront), followed by a vigil along the Bayfront Highway at Holland St. from 4:15 to 4:45 PM.

Anne McCarthy, OSB, coordinator of Benedictines for Peace, explains: “Every delay in passing a clean DREAM Act means deportation for youth who are losing their DACA protections since the Trump administration’s executive order cancelling the program. The...

Another Success for North East Choral Club
December 11, 2017

“There is just something special about this annual Christmas concert,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble. “The North East Choral Club is a wonderful group of women and being part of it has allowed me to do what I love—sing!

Sister Marilyn, a member of the club for 8 years, was joined this year by Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, who participated as guest oboist. United Park Methodist Church was full for the two scheduled performances. In attendance were a number of sisters, oblates and friends.

Under the direction of Nancy Bowers, the women performed both sacred and secular music...

Advent: Week II
December 9, 2017

Sister Patricia Witulski, who recently made her perpetual monastic profession, placed the second candle in the Advent wreath at the beginning of the Evening Vigil. Let our prayer continue to be:

Hopeful longing sung through the ages.
God's reign of justice fulfilled in our days.
Christ, Redeemer, come pierce the dark of night.
Come, Lord Jesus, be our light.

(“Hopeful Longing” by Ricky Manolo and Dan Schutte)

Advent Vigils continue next Saturday, December 16, 7:00 PM, in the monastery chapel. You are welcome to join the community in prayer and...

The Earth is calling. Are we listening?
December 7, 2017

Sister Pat Lupo, a steadfast advocate for environmental education, was the keynote speaker at the November Resilient Erie Sustainability Summit. "If you had the pleasure of attending the event," said Joy Knapp, Co-chair Northwest PA Green Economy Task Force (NWPAGE), "then you know exactly how Sr. Pat and her Green Teams are making Erie more resilient."

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Advent begins
December 2, 2017

Advent has begun. The first candle was carried into the darkened chapel by Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, while all sang “Hopeful Longing” by Ricky Manolo and Dan Schutte. May it become our Advent mantra:

Hopeful longing sung through the ages.
God's reign of justice fulfilled in our days.
Christ, Redeemer,
come pierce the dark of night.
Come, Lord Jesus, be our light.

On the next three Saturdays each successive candle will be lighted during the Vigil that begins at 7:00 p.m. in the monastery chapel. You are welcome to join the community in...

Little Caesars Love Kitchen visits Emmaus Ministries
November 30, 2017

A fad in big cities is the presence of food trucks, or ice-cream-truck-like vehicles equipped with on-board kitchens to cook and vend food. But have you ever seen a food truck the size of a semi?

That’s exactly what showed up at Emmaus Soup Kitchen this month: a semi-truck equipped with an entire kitchen, capable of making 90 Little Caesars pizzas! The truck, called the Little Caesars Love Kitchen, travels across the United States and Canada, donating large quantities of freshly baked pizza like this to people who are homeless, hungry, and disaster victims. To date, they have served...

Connecting Hands Christmas Sale benefits Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe
November 28, 2017

Breakable Christmas ornaments, fragile China plates, ceramic Nativity sets, and enthusiastic children at Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe… sounds like a dangerous situation! Luckily, they weren’t all in the same place at the same time. The children of the Kids Cafe did, however, greatly benefit from the sales of these items, and many more, at the Connecting Hands’ annual Christmas Sale.

This year, the benefits of the holiday garage sale – $6000 – went to support the children at the Kids Cafe.

This is the first time Connecting Hands had a sale for the Kids Cafe. Connecting Hands is “a...

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