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Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds: A Meditation

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance. ─William Sharp

See the beauty, hear the silence and enjoy the peace of Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds.

News and Events

AIM USA Launches new website
October 17, 2016

“Thanks to Sister Linda Romey, our community web tech, we are pleased to reveal a beautiful new website for AIM USA (Alliance for International Monasticism),” explained Sister Theresa Zoky, AIM Executive Director, to a group of sisters, oblates and friends of the community who had gathered for a special showing. “With this new website, we hope to provide a resource where individuals can learn more about AIM and the ways in which they might be able to be involved.”

Staff members, Sisters Therese Glass and Ann Hoffman, were also...

Joan Chittister Live Webinar: Women and Moral Leadership
October 16, 2016

“People get the leaders they deserve” is an old adage. But is it true? Join Joan Chittister for “Women and Moral Leadership,” a live-streamed webinar, as she articulates why church and society are locked in a leadership crisis in an era when we have never needed vision more.

Joan Chittister will address impacting questions such as:

What is leadership and is it possible?
What kind of leadership is needed in today’s world?
Where are the women? And why?
If women were leaders how would it change anything?
How would the presence of women leaders change...

This is how we know October is in full swing
October 13, 2016

Here at the Mount we know it is October when Sister Veronica Mirage and the eighth grade students from All Saints of St. John Vianney School arrive in Erie on their annual field trip to the monastery.

Sister Veronica presently ministers as Religion teacher and Liturgy Coordinator at the Cleveland, OH, school. “We love coming to the Mount,” she said. “It is always a special time and the parents enjoy it as much as the students.”

After visiting the Benedictine ministries in downtown Erie the students, along with their...

MID Board meets at the Mount
October 12, 2016

The Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID) Board met at the monastery throughout the past weekend. Sister Anne McCarthy, who has been a member of the Board for several years, hosted the meeting which included Benedictines, Cistercians, and Trappist women and men. “This is my last meeting on the board, although I will continue as President of International MID,” said Sister Anne. “I am glad for this opportunity for our community to connect more deeply with the work of MID.”

MID is a board of Catholic monastic...

Emmaus Grove Harvest Fest
October 11, 2016

“A picture is worth a thousand words” is a familiar adage. And the photograph that appeared in the Saturday “House to Home” supplement of the Erie Times News of six children eating apples off the tree at the Emmaus Grove Harvest proved the adage true. Click here to see the photo and read the story by Sue Scholz.

Read this story and more on the Emmaus Ministries web page.

Do you have something or somebody you would like us to remember in our prayers?
October 6, 2016

Join us in our 2016 Community of Life program for November.

During November the Church traditionally prays in a special way for all the departed. Each of you are invited to join us in prayer pray during this month for our deceased loved ones and friends.

Simply send us the names of those you would like remembered during the month of November, in which All Saints and All Souls are celebrated. Not only do the sisters pray, in a special way, for all those who have died but also for the special intentions of the living.

Those enrolled in the Community of Life will be...

Anne McCarthy to be Webinar Panelist: Experiences of nonviolence and Jesus’ way of nonviolence
October 4, 2016

The second in a series of four webinars about the ground-shifting Nonviolence & Just Peace conference held in Rome (April 2016) is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, 9-10 AM EDT (Washington, D.C.).

Sister Anne McCarthy* will be one of the panelists in this webinar that will focus on experiences of nonviolence and Jesus’ way of nonviolence.

Panelists will discuss how recent experiences help illuminate our understanding of Jesus’ way of nonviolence and engaging conflict, and what the latest scholarship and praxis have revealed about Jesus’ approach and...

Sister Mary Miller receives award
October 4, 2016

Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, received the 2016 Monsignor Wilfrid J. Nash Principles of Christian Conduct Award as one of five Distinguished Alumni honored by Gannon University at a dinner Friday, September 30.

In his introduction of Sister Mary, Greg J. Czarnecki, president Gannon University Alumni Association, noted: "Our final award is the Monsignor Wilfrid J. Nash Principles of Christian Conduct Award. It is given in memory of Monsignor Nash, who committed much of his life to Gannon, from...

Emmaus Grove Harvest Fest
October 3, 2016

The Emmaus Grove Harvest Fest drew a record number of attendees on the last Sunday afternoon of September as families listened and danced to the music of Tennessee Back Porch, enjoyed a hot dog roast, toured the spectacular gardens, took chances of raffle baskets, and basked in sunshine and good conversations.

The annual gathering celebrated the harvest of 2300 pounds of fresh produce grown this season at Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School and distributed through the food pantry and soup kitchen.

Read this story and more on the Emmaus Ministries...

Why Bread Baking as 'Art as Meditation'?
September 30, 2016

“When I was a youngster, every Sunday after mass we would stop at a local bakery,” shared Sister Karen Oprenchok, novice. “On the way there I would rehearse my line. As we approached the store my mother would put a dollar in my hand and remind me to get the change. When the car stopped I would jump out, run inside, and proclaim to the clerk ‘One loaf of light rye, sliced, please.’ The bread was still warm enough when we got home that the butter melted into every crevice.”

With this memory in mind Sister Karen began a four week stint as a baker. Art as Meditation allows...

AIM Board Gathers at Mount Saint Benedict
September 29, 2016

Sister Theresa Zoky, Executive Director of AIM USA (Alliance for International Monasticism) hosted the annual meeting of the AIM Board of Trustees at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery with the help of her staff, Sisters Therese Glass and Ann Hoffman. Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, was also in attendance. “It is always a pleasure to welcome these dedicated monastics into our home,” said Sister Anne. “We are enriched by their presence and their commitment to assisting missionary monasteries throughout the world.”

The Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM USA) is an organization of...