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Resurrection changes everything

If resurrection changes everything, can it change me, can it change you?

Easter is an invitation to open our eyes to new life, to see what is and to envision what can be. Jesus, the human life of God, is let loose in the world to empower us to be resurrection . . . . Alleluia!

Click here to read an Easter message from Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress.

News and Events

Advent: Week II
December 8, 2018

We wait in Love.
We wait in expectation.
We pray for the light of Christ to come into the world.




"Will Run for ..." Emmaus Ministries
December 6, 2018

You’ve seen runners in jogging suits and the latest tennis shoes, but have you seen runners in Christmas sweaters and leggings? About 40 members of Team Adrenaline, a fitness group based out of the Krauza Chiropractic office in Erie, ran through Erie to Emmaus Soup Kitchen on Saturday, December 1st, donned in Christmas clothing.

Emmaus was chosen as the beneficiary of the group’s annual charity run that focuses on alleviated hunger and poverty by collecting donated food items.

Tracy Langer, organizer of this year’s “Will Run For…” benefit run, said: “We first pick a nonprofit...

Chapter 57 Online Gift Shop: Give Art this Christmas
December 5, 2018

Some new artwork and handmade cards--perfect for special Christmas greetings.

Visit our online gift shop to see a selection of works by artists featured in our monastery shop, Chapter 57. We've highlighted some items that you may want to consider as special Christmas gifts.

Click here to view the Christmas Specials.

The proceeds from all sales help to support our community and our ministries.


Priscilla Richter completes Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience
December 4, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie offered a prayer of blessing for Priscilla Richter upon her completion of the Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience. Sister Ann Muczynski, Monastic Experience mentor, thanked Priscilla for the warm and calming presence that she brought to the commitment she made to live as a monastic for the past year with the Erie Benedictines. Her sentiments echoed those of the community: “You have been faithful to the process of seeking God through prayer, community and ministry . . . . You have listened with the ear of your heart and entered wholeheartedly into our daily...

Love Knows No Borders: A 24 hour procession with Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 3, 2018

On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, join a prayer procession for migrants and asylum seekers stopped at our nation’s southern border. For 24 hours, a banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be processed around the federal courthouse in Erie.

Tuesday, December 11 at 5:00 pm through
Wednesday, December 12 at 5:00 pm.
Federal Courthouse in Erie
State Street and South Park Row

Join the prayer procession for 15 minutes or for hours. Organizations, parishes, schools are invited to sponsor an hour and walk together.

The Erie event is one...

Advent: Week I
December 2, 2018

We wait in hope.
We wait in expectation.
We pray for the light of Christ to come into the world.




Joan Chittister to attend COP 24
November 30, 2018

Joan Chittister leaves this week to be part of the Global Peace Initiative of Women delegation attending the Third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP24, in Katowice, Poland, Dec. 3-8. She will be a dialogue participant on a panel interfaith event: “Finding Hope in a Time of Transition,” and will speak at the forum: “Uniting in Our Environmental Work: The Role of Women and Young People.” This conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris...

A bountiful harvest
November 30, 2018

For the past three years Erie Insurance, along with the Bayfront East Side Taskforce (B.E.S.T.) and Master Gardeners Ellen DiPlacido and Mike Bailey, have provided the opportunity for the refugees at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) to maintain a garden they fondly call The International Family Garden. “This garden is a wonderful blessing for our refugees,” said Mary Lou McCall, SBEC Staff member. “At the beginning of November the group was still harvesting carrots and bok choy which added to the 963 pounds of vegetables they had already shared with each other. We are so grateful.”...

KFC for Emmaus
November 28, 2018

Typically, Fridays at the soup kitchen are known as “fish Fridays” because fish is always served. Friday, November 16th, however, was different at Emmaus; instead of fish, over 200 guests received a full meal from KFC of fried chicken, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and gravy. And one could tell the guests liked the food – the family dining room was silent while the children devoured their chicken!

Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC, started a “day of giving,” encouraging their franchises to hand out free meals to guests of local nonprofits. Scott Hugan, franchise owner at four Erie KFC...

Follow the Star with Tennessee Backporch
November 26, 2018

Once again the Benedictine Sisters were treated to the Tennessee Backporch dress rehearsal for their upcoming holiday concert: Follow the Star. “I can’t believe that Tennessee Backporch has been coming to the Mount for the past five years,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “Each year we enjoy it even more. It never gets old.”

Tennessee Backporch, Erie’s “premier variety band,” welcomes additional musicians for this special production. The show, created by Chris and Julie Moore, founding members of the band, showcases a number of original songs, many by Chris himself, as...

Cross out passive, change it to active
November 23, 2018

In her recent post on Global Sisters Report, Monasteries of the Heart/Benetvision staff member Sister Linda Romey addresses the often subtle sexism that supports violence against women--and how even seemingly small changes can have a cumulative effect on changing how we think about women and their leadership in building a more just society. "In the end," she writes, "it is women who must decide to create change for women. Because a man cannot know a woman's experience and cannot live a woman's experience. ...each of us must make the decision to do something or nothing will change." Read...