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Benedictines participate in Vocation Day at St. Jude School
February 2, 2018

Erie Catholic School System, along with dioceses and schools across the nation, celebrated Catholic Schools Week (CSW) this past week. Some Erie Benedictines had the chance to be part of it thanks to Sister Katherine Horan, teacher at St. Jude School, Erie.

“Yesterday we at St. Jude School celebrated vocation day,” explained Sister Kath. “In support of the theme: Have Faith in Your Future—through building strong moral character, skills for academic success, and zeal for service to others, we organized a special event--Vocation Day.”

The CSW event included sisters,...

Refugees at SBEC participate in Little Hats Big Hearts Program
February 1, 2018

The refugees at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC), like so many of us, want to make a difference through outreach. To this end they have been busy working enthusiastically on a project entitled, “Little Hats Big Hearts Program” as a way of giving back to the community. Winsome Hoydu, a volunteer at SBEC spearheaded this undertaking in conjunction with The Children’s Heart Foundation of the American Heart Association. Under her guidance, the refugees knitted approximately 40 red hats for babies who will be born this month of February at...

PNC donates to Sister Gus' Kids Cafe
January 30, 2018

“We had an opportunity to choose an organization we felt passionate about,” said Chris Bernatowicz, Senior Vice President and Head of Retail at PNC Financial Services in Erie. “So we decided to give a donation because we had extra funds in our foundation at PNC.” She brought a check for $2,500, which she designated to support the children at Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe.

The PNC Foundation focuses on forming partnerships with local community-based nonprofit organizations with the goal of alleviating poverty and enhancing opportunities for children. Chris, who works with the local PNC Bank...

The Journey Continues
January 29, 2018

"I ask that I may continue to seek God through sharing the monastic life with this Benedictine community." In response to these words of request spoken by Kathleen McCarthy at Evening Prayer on January 27, 2018, the Benedictine community warmly welcomed her into the novitiate.

During the ritual Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, invited the community to support Sister Kathleen and Sister Marilyn Schauble, Novice Director, during this year of continued discernment. As part ofnthe ritual Kathy was given a copy of the Rule of Benedict as a sign that this document will be the focal point...

Educated Choice Through Knowledge
January 25, 2018

The first presentation in the 2018 Enrichment Series at Mount St. Benedict Monastery drew a group of people interested in hearing about “Judaism: A modern look at an ancient faith.” In her presentation, Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov, spiritual leader of Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie, explained how Judaism is an ever-evolving set of practices meant to be explored anew in each generation and showed a timeline development of how Reformed Judaism, the most liberal type of Judaism developed. “We have been reforming since the very beginning,”...

Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality
January 24, 2018

A new program that offers young women an opportunity to immerse themselves in Joan Chittister’s work, especially regarding monasticism, women in the Catholic Church, and spirituality, will take place at Mount Saint Benedict, Erie, PA, this summer.

The two-week program, The Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality, will be held June 17-30, 2018, and will welcome a small number of female-identifying Catholic graduate students or recent graduates of programs in divinity, theology, religion, or related fields.


NAH 2017 Semester Closes with a Flourish
January 24, 2018

A lively and well-attended Open House closed out the Fall 2017 session with a flourish. Parents and siblings enjoyed the displays of student art work as they moved about the walls and tables holding paintings, prints, mosaics, and clay creations. It is always enjoyable to observe the children proudly showing off their work and explaining how it was done.

Performances by student dancers and musicians were warmly received by a very attentive audience. Click here to visit the NAH web page and view clips of these...

Don't miss the Enrichment Series: Judaism Today
January 23, 2018

Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov will share the ways in which Judaism is vibrant and relevant for all people at the Enrichment Series scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 PM at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. She will discuss the main tenants of Reform Judaism and how it continues to evolve.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Download a flier here.

Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov is honored to serve as the spiritual leader of Temple Anshe Hesed, a post she has held...

In Memoriam: Sister Agnes Jean Lavin, OSB
January 18, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Agnes Jean Lavin, simply known as Sister Jean, who entered into eternal rest on January 17, 2018. Please join us in prayer for Sister Jean.





Gift to Emmaus Ministries from the staff at MacDonald Illig Attorneys Offices
January 17, 2018

The sixty members of the MacDonald Illig law firm take the idea of “neighbor helping neighbor” seriously. For the past ten years they have been donating to Emmaus at their Christmas luncheon because, according to staff member Frani Miseyka, “the soup kitchen is in our local area so by donating there, we are assisting our neighbors.”

Before the luncheon, staff members donate items to be bid upon in a Chinese auction and participate in games of chance. They also put out boxes for staff members to donate coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. At the Christmas luncheon, the winners are...

Recap of Canisius Winter Week of Wonder (and service!)
January 15, 2018

For seven students and their adult mentor, winter break meant a trip to Erie. Once again our relationship with Canisius College was made even stronger when the group arrived for an alternative winter break ministry trip--a week of wonder and service.

The group lived at the monastery and worked with the sisters in various Benedictine ministries. Sister Marilyn Schauble, Director of Vocations, coordinated everything with Sarah Signorino,...