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The Feast of Scholastica
February 9, 2019

This weekend we celebrate the feast of Scholastica on February 10. She is the twin sister of Benedict of Nursia who is the founder of monastic communities and the one to whom the Rule of Benedict is attributed.

From the little known of Scholastica it is clear that she was a strong woman who was deeply devoted to her religious life. She 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). She was a witness to the truth that love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,...

100th Book Review Posted
February 9, 2019

What Sisters and Oblates Are Reading
The Anodyne Necklace by Martha Grimes

I (Sister Susan Doubet) am blatantly taking advantage of my role as "book review poster," to choose the 100th review by highlighting my latest set of mystery book favorites: the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes.

Grimes has just published her 24th book in this award-winning group of excellently written mysteries starring the low-keyed, yet first-class, analytically brilliant thinker, Scotland Yard detective Richard Jury . . . . What I like most about this series are . . .


Students from St. Gregory School visit Emmaus Ministries
February 6, 2019

Along with two teachers, over twenty middle school students from St. Gregory’s in North East recently boarded public busses and rode to downtown Erie to experience how the needs of the marginalized are being met by social service groups.

When they arrived at Emmaus, they unloaded jars of peanut butter and jelly from their backpacks. They then took a tour of the soup kitchen and food pantry, asking all sorts of questions along the way. “What meal do you make most often?” they asked. And: “How do you get the desserts?”

“Other than fish, which we have every Friday,” answered...

NAH offers Shapes and Shadows: an Introduction to Charcoal Drawing February 21
February 4, 2019

Take a break from the everyday and come to the Neighborhood Art House where you will have the opportunity to respond to that inner "I wish I could draw." Practice the basics of charcoal drawing by learning how to draw various shapes, then play with the lighting to create and draw various shadow effects. All materials and light snacks provided. Register on line at or call the office at 455-5508.

Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Neighborhood Art House,...

SAVE THE DATE: Fundraiser Golf Tournament June 17
January 30, 2019

Golf! Volunteer! Sponsor! Donate! Your support of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie Charity Fundraiser Golf Tournament means as much to us as a hole-in-one means to a golfer! Why? Because a hole-in-one is something you remember and cherish. And your support of our community's 160-year presence in the Erie area is a sign of friendship that we will treasure forever. As Sisters of St. Benedict we live in community and pray and work together to help bring the reign of God to our suffering world. But we can't do all the good works that need to be done without generous support. So, we are coming...

A legacy that challenges
January 25, 2019

"The King Legacy: Making a Difference" was the theme of the seventh annual MLK, Jr. community breakfast at Clarion University, Clarion, on January 21, 2019. Sister Marian Wehler, OSB and Sister Tina Geiger, RSM, Co-Directors of Catholic Rural Ministry in the surrounding counties, were guest speakers.

Using verses from We Shall Overcome, the key anthem of the 1950/60s Civil Rights Movement, Sister Marian compared that movement to today’s "Black Lives Matter" Movement. She shared how Dr. King dealt with the anger he felt...

Poetry Grant will make Poems on State Street possible
January 24, 2019

The Writing Studio at Saint Mary’s: A Space to Create, directed by Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, aims to bring beauty and poetry to the people of Erie. A $2500 grant from Erie Arts and Culture, which was awarded in December, will enable the Studio to begin a new project, a permanent art installation called Poems on State Street. This spring and summer, the funding from the grant will be used to pay local artists to beautify the busy sidewalks that line State Street by...

The People's Supper
January 23, 2019

Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, was one of 80 people included in Erie’s inaugural The People’s Supper, “a national initiative designed to bring diverse groups together through a series of shared meals.”

“I’ve never been in a more diverse group of people committed to the same cause: to making Erie a better, more loving city,” she said.

The People’s Supper focuses on bringing together neighbors in a community to first get to know one another and then build relationships. Organizers of The People’s Supper hope that this will bring about neighborly trust and...

Novice moving forward
January 22, 2019

Novice Kathleen McCarthy will be moving forward into the third stage of initial monastic formation: the Scholasticate. Each stage of initial formation is accompanied by continued vocation discernment. Discernment led Sister Kathleen to request first monastic profession and continue her journey of seeking God in community with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. With the blessing of Novice Director, Sister Marilyn Schauble, the Prioress, Sister Anne Wambach, the monastic council and community, Sister Kathleen will profess first monastic vows in the near future at a date to be decided.


Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 21, 2019

Martin Luther King Day honors the vision and values of a man who pushed his dream forward at great sacrifice. We remember his dedication, courage and efforts for justice and equality for all and we seek to emulate his nonviolent passion that revealed itself in commitment to treating people with reverence and respect.

As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we stand against all words and actions that denigrate and dehumanize any of God’s creation. We pray to be a healing presence to all of God’s creation by offering welcome to people of all nations and countries, by recognizing beauty in...

Everything on earth is filled with sacred presence
January 18, 2019

The first presentation in the 2019 Enrichment Series at Mount St. Benedict Monastery drew a group of people interested in hearing about “Climate Crisis and Humility: Benedict’s teaching as a guide.”

In her presentation, Sister Anne McCarthy, coordinator of Benedictines for Peace and staff member at Benetvision and Monasteries of the Heart, presented a fresh look at St. Benedict's 12 steps of...