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Spring Special at the Chapter 57 Online Store
May 16, 2018

The SPRING SPECIAL will continue through the end of May. Visit our Spring Special at Chapter 57, our online gift shop: A set of five different Haiku cards written by Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB and illustrated by Jo Clarke, Oblate, are on sale for $15.

Individual cards are $3.50 each. Save $2.50 when you order the complete set.

Click here.

There's also a wide selection of photo, digital art and artistic greeting cards to help you welcome spring.

2018 Annual Appreciation for Major Benefactors
May 14, 2018

“It is one of my privileges each year to express the enormous gratitude that the sisters and I have both for you and for your generosity,” said prioress, Sister Anne Wambach, as she welcomed the community’s major benefactors to the annual appreciation event. “This evening is an important opportunity for all of us to take a moment from our busy schedules to celebrate what is most important in our lives . . . a community of friendship and mutual support.”

The event was organized by the Development Office Staff: Sister Mary Jane Vergotz, Development Director, Jo Clarke, Oblate,...

Full-STEAM Ahead benefits Emmaus Soup Kitchen
May 11, 2018

Steam, soup, and Emmaus: In the winter months, steam often flows from the soup being made in the kitchen at Emmaus. But this springtime, there’s a different kind of STEAM associated with Emmaus: the Full-STEAM Ahead program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) in the Millcreek Elementary Schools donated 83 cans of soup to the soup kitchen as a part of a bird house making experience.

The Full-STEAM Ahead program in Millcreek is created to empower 4th and 5th grade girls to explore all possibilities of future career options and participate in a hand-on activity.


VMA at Emmaus--#OutreachDay2018
May 9, 2018

During what they coined #OutreachDay2018, students, faculty and staff of Villa Maria Academy (VMA) and Cathedral Preparatory High Schools volunteered for over 40 different locations around Erie County, including Emmaus Ministries.

Students were assigned to a group of about fifteen and accompanied by a staff or faculty member.
Those assigned to Emmaus contributed food – students from Villa made cookies from scratch and students from Prep, along with Fr. Mike DeMartines, made goulash. When the Villa students delivered cookies, their teacher Wendy Gunther commented that for some...

Erie Benedictines align with LCWR in denouncing the American Government's Decision to Rescind TPS
May 8, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie stand with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) in denouncing the American government’s decision to rescind the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 57,000 Hondurans.

“As Benedictine Sisters and as women of faith, we take the Gospel call and our own corporate commitment to heart in our concern for these vulnerable people who face numerous challenges should they be forced to return to a country where violence and the...

It’s a Wonderful World
May 7, 2018

A large group of sisters and oblates came out for the annual spring concert presented by the North East Choral Club (NECC) at Park United Methodist Church. Sister Marilyn Schauble, a member of the singing group, shared, “It was great to feel such support. The ladies in the Choral Club are always amazed at the size of my family!”

After singing in several local nursing homes NECC ended their season with this final performance in North East. The concert’s theme was, “It’s a Wonderful World.” A wide array of music genres was presented, including folk songs as well as songs in the...

Community weekend enriched by Dr. Massimo Faggioli
May 4, 2018

Massimo Faggioli, church historian and professor of theology at Villanova University shared his thoughts on Catholicism and the American Scene during the annual April community weekend for sisters and oblates. He explained how the pontificate of Francis, from the perspective of both politics and theology, has fostered the emergence of an interesting relationship between Catholicism and the USA.

Throughout the weekend Dr. Faggioli offered many insights and information about the history of the papacy since Vatican II. Through comparison he shared the Pope Francis’ vision of the...

VMA students volunteer at the Mount
May 2, 2018

The outdoor furniture is in place, the grounds are cleaned of scattered branches and twigs, the tables and chairs are out on the dining room patio, Sister Helen’s office is spic and span—and all thanks to a group of students from Villa Maria Academy (VMA). Today was their annual Outreach Day. All across Erie students from Villa Maria Academy and Cathedral Prep, along with teachers and staff, offered volunteer service to a variety of organizations. The Erie Benedictines at Mount St. Benedict Monastery were grateful to be one of the recipients of their service. What was even more special...

Ending Hunger One Step at a Time
May 2, 2018

Emmaus Ministries received $850 in donation from the local Erie County CROP Hunger Walk. The walk, which took place in September of 2017, collected $56,000 which was allocated to over 20 local and more international organizations that work to address hunger.

In an attempt to end world hunger, the CROP Hunger Walk is organized to “walk with the world to feed the hungry, educate others, and restore hope, rejoicing together in the Spirit of God.”

This year’s CROP Hunger Walk will take place on September 23, 2018 on Presque Isle.

Read this story and more on the...

Poetry Month: Over or not?
May 1, 2018

April celebrated poetry in a special way. It was, after all, National Poetry Month. In fact, the Writing Studio--a women's collective to honor the word, organized the handing out of poems for Poem in Your Pocket Day. You can read a volunteer’s reflection about that experience on The Writing Studio website by clicking here. Breanna Mekuly shares what it was like to be handing out poems in the city of Erie.

Even though the month is now officially ended, perhaps poetry experiences gained will help us keep it going. Why?...

“This he would have loved”
April 30, 2018

“John was not a person who liked a lot of attention but this he would have loved,” said Michael Fraley, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie (HACE). A service remembering John Horan (+2-25-16) and his commitment to the earth was held on April 27th by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie at the place where trees have been planted in his memory. The trees, donated by HACE, were planted as part of the streamside restoration project* at Glinodo. The event was coordinated by Sister Pat Lupo and the prayer service was planned by Sister Carolyn Gorny-...