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National Catholic Sisters Week Continues
March 11, 2018

The celebration and coverage of National Catholic Sisters Week continues through the 14th of March. Erie Times News reporter Dana Massing wrote a wonderful article about the sisters who were honored as women of justice: Their legacy has been changing their corner of the world. Now they’ll be recognized for it. Click here to read it.

Stephanie Hall, Director of Communications for the Sisters of St. Joseph NWPA recently wrote “As we celebrate Women Who...

Sister Marlene Bertke: A woman of justice
March 9, 2018

Sister Marlene Bertke, OSB, came to Erie in 1973 to be part of Pax Center for peace and justice, and later transferred from the Benedictine Sisters in Covington, Ky., to the Erie Benedictine community. She co-founded national Benedictines for Peace (BFP) and served as director of Erie Benedictines for Peace for 23 years in addition to other ministry: teaching at St. Benedict’s Academy, Erie, Pa., followed by ministry at Pax Christi USA, the Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM), and teaching English as a Second Language. She participated in protective accompaniment delegations to...

NCSW Billboards are up--have you spotted one yet?
March 6, 2018

Be on the alert for the National Catholic Sisters Week Billboards that are now showing throughout Erie. Special thanks to Stephanie Hall, Communications Director for the Sisters of St. Joseph NWPA for the design and Lamar Advertising Company of Erie for the fabrication. If you haven’t seen one yet, check them out at any of the following locations:

• 5604 West Ridge Road
• Sterretania Rd. north of I-90
• Glenwood park Avenue
• East 38th, near Davison
• Rt. 5...

National Catholic Sisters Week Events Include Honoring Three Local Sisters
March 3, 2018

Sisters Marlene Bertke, OSB, Rita Brocke, RSM, and Mary Claire Kennedy, SSJ, will be honored for their many years of dedicated social activism as part of National Catholic Sisters Week, on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at Mount St. Benedict, 6101 E Lake Rd. The public is welcome. The title of the event, “Women Who are Called,” reflects the local theme for National Catholic Sisters Week which is celebrated each year from March 8-14. The event will include a short video tribute to each Sister, produced by Lilly Broadcasting. Additional honors and a blessing also will be part...

March Madness?
March 2, 2018

March seems to have come in like a lion. Snow coats the monastery grounds. It is heavy and wet and beautiful! Enjoy the collage by clicking on the arrow and then on individual photos to enlare for better viewing. Happy March!



Students from LECOM at the Kids Cafe
March 1, 2018

"I learned what is good and bad for me," said nine-year-old Mariah as she reflected on a health education session that students at LECOM led for the children of the Kids Cafe. "It's bad for my health to smoke or to eat too much dessert or to have a lot of stress. But it's good to exercise."

Students from LECOM, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, led two different sessions at the Kids Cafe, teaching about "Medication Safety" and how to have a "Healthy Heart." They split the children into small groups and gave them scenarios...

Maria Shriver shares her thoughts about the Erie Benedictines
March 1, 2018

Maria Shriver just released a new book: I've Been Thinking... Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life. In it she offers quotes, prayers and reflections for dealing with the everyday stresses of life.

During a recent interview on NBC TODAY she was asked about her connection to the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

After viewing the segment Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, had this to say: “To see ourselves through another’s eyes can be moving and empowering. I found Maria’s affirmation...

Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers: A day of Courage and Commitment
February 28, 2018

“This morning the community prayed from Psalm 86: ‘Teach me your ways, O God, that I may walk in your truth’—a line even more powerful in light of yesterday’s witness,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, in speaking of the group of more than 40 sisters, priests and lay people who were arrested in the Capitol Rotunda as part of an organized effort urging lawmakers to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children.

Included in the group arrested were Benedictines for Peace members: Sister...

New Content Posted to CARE
February 28, 2018

The Committee for Alternative Resource Energy — CARE—web page has some new content. Click here for more information about an opportunity to view the sequel to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" on March 1 at the Hirt Auditorium in Erie’s Blasco Library. New postings also include 10 Solutions to reverse Climate Change and an article entitled Transportation Number 1 in Carbon...

Upholding those participating in Catholic Action for Dreamers
February 27, 2018

“Today is National Catholic Day of Action with Dreamers. We uphold the women religious and many supporters who are joining in nonviolent civil disobedience in the nation’s capital,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “Benedictines for Peace (BFP) members: Sister Anne McCarthy, Oblate Jacqueline Small, Sam Miller, Breanna Mekully and Tinamarie Stolz, will participate in the action that advocates for a clean DREAM act by urging Catholic lawmakers to embrace the principles of Catholic social teaching and to protect from...

Catholic Day of Action with DREAMERS
February 23, 2018

On Tuesday, February 27th at 10:30 a.m. members of Benedictines for Peace (BFP): Sister Anne McCarthy, Oblate Jacqueline Small, Breanna Mekully and Sam Miller, will gather with Catholic sisters from across the country outside the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, to advocate for a clean DREAM Act without any further delay.

Women religious and supporters will urge House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Catholic lawmakers to embrace the principles of Catholic social teaching and protect more...