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"Lent is about the holiness that suffering can bring. It is about bringing good where evil has been, about bringing love where hate has been. It is about the transformation of the base to the beautiful . . . . The point is that no one escapes suffering. It is part of the rhythm of life, part of the process of living. The question, then, is, for what are we willing to suffer?"
--Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life

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You CAN Make a Difference
November 17, 2016

Don’t think of it as just a “canned good,” Heidi Frantz tells her family and friends, think of it as someone’s next meal. What Heidi is referring to is her organizing drive to collect 300 canned goods for the Emmaus soup kitchen prior to the end of November. Calling the effort, “You CAN make a difference,” and advertising it on her Facebook, the Erie resident was happy to report that by early November she had already collected 200 cans of food. “It’s true,” she said. “Together we all CAN help feed the hungry.”

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Taking the next step
November 15, 2016

Sister Jacinta Conklin, originally from St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys, PA, has been living with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for the past several months. During the community’s evening prayer on November 14, she ritualized her decision to begin the process of transferring her vows and becoming a member of the Erie Benedictines.

With the 2014 closing of St. Joseph Monastery due to the reality of a climbing median age and lack of new members, it was necessary for the 17 sisters living as community in St. Marys to relocate. During these past years of discernment, Sister Jacinta...

Redesigned Retreats & Spirituality Page: Benedictine Spirituality for Everyone
November 14, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie are pleased to announce the redesign of the Retreats & Spirituality page of our web site, thanks to Sister Linda Romey, web developer and the help of the Core Web Committee (Sisters Charlotte Zalot [Communications Director], Susan Doubet, Dina Lauricella, Karen Oprenchok and oblate, Jo Clarke).

The page was redesigned with your needs in mind and it provides easy access to information pertaining to retreats and programs, prayer and reflection, and spirituality resources including spiritual directors and retreat/workshop leaders. In addition there...

Coat Drive for Emmaus courtesy of St. Jude the Apostle Church
November 14, 2016

The most touching moment came when a woman told Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus, that the few items of clothing she was donating were the last of her deceased husband’s wardrobe. This woman was one of the dozens who donated winter items to the 22nd annual Emmaus coat drive sponsored by St. Jude the Apostle Church under the direction of co-organizers Kelley Glass and Andrea Hallman.

“Every year we count on the parishioners to donate enough,” says Kelley Glass, co-organizer of the Emmaus coat drive. “The morning of collection we always get nervous: will people show up with...

Benedictine Medal
November 11, 2016

“It is our tradition to plant this special medal in places we wish Benedictine values to take root,” says director of Emmaus Ministries Benedictine Sister Mary Miller. “Plus,” she laughs, “in this precious place, we always need as many blessings as we can get!”

During recent renovations, Sister Mary placed a quarter-sized colorful medal of Saint Benedict on a new brick at the Emmaus soup kitchen. In so doing she was continuing a practice of placing medals wherever a new monastic center is being built, or expressing a hope that peace will prevail there and asking God’s blessing on...

Veterans Day
November 9, 2016

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" —Maya Angelou

Veterans day is a time for us to acknowledge the millions of Americans who have risked their well-being and their lives to protect our nation ─ a time for us to remember those who have served, those who continue to serve and those who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life for our country.

Let us be grateful in the prayer that we offer for them and for us.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to...

SBA Association is sponsoring a Vera Bradley Bingo
November 9, 2016

Only 300 tickets are available for the Vera Bradley Bingo being hosted by the St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Association.

Saturday, November 19, is the date and 6:00 p.m. is the start time with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. at the Harborcreek Social Hall located at 7275 Buffalo Road, Harborcreek, PA 16421.

The price of $20.00 per ticket includes bingo cards for the entire evening.

Tip boards, raffles and small games...

Erie Philharmonic Outreach: Long Term residency at St. Benedict Child Development Center
November 7, 2016

Fall 2016 brought the Erie Philharmonic to the classrooms at St. Benedict Child Development Center. This first time ever Long Term Residency will have teaching artist Sarah Lee visiting the center 60 times by the time February rolls around. The goal of this program is to create positive musical experiences for the children that promote early music appreciation. In addition, the Philharmonic aims to bring music into pre-kindergarten classes in order to aid language and literacy development as well as the organization and application of knowledge through creative thinking.


Polish Falcons
November 7, 2016

What do games of bowling and games of chance have to do with Emmaus? Thanks to two local branches of the Polish Falcons of America organization, quite a bit.

After hosting a National Bowling Tournament earlier this year, Polish Falcons of Erie, Nest 610, chose Emmaus as the tournament’s charity. The seventy-four bowlers who competed contributed $1800, Nest 148 from New Castle gave an additional $1,000 and the National Office located in Pittsburgh sent $500.

The other Erie branch, Nest 123, presented Emmaus with a check for $1,000, a portion earned from the Falcons’ small...

Joan Chittister Presentation: Women and Moral Leadership
November 4, 2016

If you missed the webinar, you can still get the video.

Joan Chittister examines our concepts of leadership: where they come from, how they have evolved and why women are desperately needed now in all levels of leadership. Authority is in question, patriarchy remains, and women have the gifts we need.

View a trailer or purchase a 90-day rental HERE and click on upper right corner to access trailer.

Date: Available Now
Location: Online
Cost: $35 for a 90-day...

November 4, 2016

Benedictines for Peace (BFP) sponsor a vigil, Justice for Immigrants, the first Friday of each month, and will do so until the Immigration law is passed. The November Vigil will be held today, Friday, November 4, at the Federal Building on the corner of 6th and State Streets. The vigil will begin promptly at the new time of 5:15 PM and end at 5:45 PM.

These vigils are asking that Congress pass the immigration bill passed by the Senate. Three points that Benedictines for Peace believe to be essential...