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SBEC among recipients of Employment and Training Innovation Grants from DHS
January 16, 2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller recently announced a more than $1 million investment to strengthen existing employment and training programs across the commonwealth by supporting solutions that address barriers to employment and help program participants as they find and maintain meaningful, family-sustaining jobs. Included among the recipients was St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC).

In expressing her gratitude Executive Director Nancy Sabol said: “One of the greatest frustrations is not being able to have a dramatic impact on helping...

A week of memories
January 15, 2019

For six 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.

The group lived at the monastery and worked with the sisters in various Benedictine ministries. Sister Marilyn Schauble, Director of Vocations, coordinated everything with Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate Campus Minister at Canisius. “We have been hosting this service trip for many years,” said Sister Marilyn. “We love having the students come and share their enthusiasm...

The Community welcomes two Postulants
January 13, 2019

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie welcomed two women into the postulate. Jennifer Koo, an accountant and business owner from Singapore and Jen Frazer, an artist and art teacher from the Boston, MA area became postulants in a ritual ceremony celebrated on Sunday, January 13. Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, who journeyed with both women through their discernment, said: “It has been an honor to work with these women and today is a special day for them and for us.”

Sister Marilyn met Jennifer and Jen at the door and led them into the monastery where the community was...

The Baptism of Jesus
January 12, 2019

An excerpt from The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister, OSB

On the Sunday after Epiphany, the Christmas season ends in the West with its own celebration of the baptism of Jesus by John at the Jordan. As the Eastern church points out, it is at this moment that we see for the first time the union of God the Creator, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But we see something else as well. We see Jesus accepting baptism by John, a sign that Jesus accepts humanity, his own and ours, in all its struggles, all of its limitations, all of its burdens, and all its focus on the...

Reflections from a Year Long Emmaus Volunteer: Priscilla Richter
January 11, 2019

How did you find yourself in Erie, PA?
Priscilla: I was in the Benedicta Riepp program of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie where I experienced monastic living by living, working and praying with the Sisters.

And how did you find yourself at Emmaus?
Priscilla: The Food Pantry was one of my work assignments. Working for a year at the Emmaus Ministries’ food pantry has been a great honor and blessing for me.

What reflections do you have on your time volunteering at the Food Pantry?
Priscilla: I found early on...

Farewell to Sister Xaveria
January 10, 2019

The community bid farewell to Sister Xaveria Jeong who headed back for her second semester at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Sister Xaveria spent her break between semesters with the Erie Benedictines, enjoying Christmas and the holidays with the community. “We hope Sister Xaveria will return to visit us again before she completes her studies and returns home to South Korea,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “It was a joy to have her here with us for this past month.”

Sister Xaveria is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Daegu. The Erie Benedictines have offered...

Frigid Frolic benefits Emmaus
January 8, 2019

During the 7th annual Frigid Frolic on New Year’s Day, almost 100 people bicycled 10 miles around the Presque Isle Peninsula. Yes, it was a physical challenge but they also made it a good deed – cyclists collected blankets, hats, scarves, gloves, and other warm items for cold weather for the guests of Emmaus Ministries and Community Shelter Services.

Eric Webber, the organizer of the event, said: “It’s something to do on New Year’s Day other than sitting at home. It’s a good way to start the year.”

The Frigid Frolic ride is free and open to everyone. Most ride bicycles but...

The Infirmary begins the New Year with an Open House
January 7, 2019

The Infirmary celebrated the New Year with an open house. The event allowed the community to visit with the infirmary sisters and staff while enjoying light appetizers, beverages and a few sweets prepared by Mary Rita Grocutt, RN, Mary Beth Peterseim, RN, Patty Johnson, RN, Jill Belmonte and Marcia Sigler. “This was a wonderful way to enjoy some extra time with our infirmary residents while relaxing in a festive environment,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “In addition, the food offerings were unique and delicious and enjoyed by all. It was a great party.”

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Canisius Students have arrived--let the experience begin!
January 6, 2019

What better day than Epiphany to extend welcome to a group of students from Canisius College who traveled from Buffalo to spend their Winter Break at the Mount. The “star” that led them was the desire to engage in this special ministry and service endeavor.

The group of students and their adult leader posed with Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director and organizer of the week after Sunday liturgy and before they embarked on a tour of the monastery with Sister Jean Wolbert, Hospitality Director. “This has become one of our favorite weeks of the year. We are pleased and excited...

Welcome to the Mount!
January 5, 2019

Several members of the community were on hand to welcome two new seekers: Jennifer Koo from Singapore and Jen Frazer from the Boston area.

Both women have been discerning a vocation to the monastic way of life with Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, and will soon become postulants, the first stage of initial monastic formation.

We rejoice!

The New Year Begins
December 31, 2018

There is a sense of newness in the monastery as we begin another year. Whatever was is no more. Life is like that. It is a recurring cycle, ever changing, always new. It is simply a matter of learning to let go of the past so that we can all begin again.

—From A Monastery Almanac by Joan Chittister, OSB

This New Year provides us with the opportunity start anew. Let us do so with mindfulness and attention, with generosity and care, so that we may know peace within and be a presence of kindness and peace in any and all situations.

May you know a blessed...