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Tennessee Backporch at the Mount
November 27, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters were treated to a wonderful experience when Tennessee Backporch chose to do their dress rehearsal at the monastery for the upcoming show. 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 well as creative arrangements of familiar Christmas songs.

“Chris and Julie said how pleased they were to be able to perform here for us but the pleasure was surely ours,” said...

Now Open: Chapter 57 Online
November 24, 2017

Our new online store is open. Click on the photo box or here to view our ad. You can then visit the online store here and see more orignal items available for your shoppping pleasure and also accessinformation about shipping and handling fees or arrangements to pick up your items at the monastery. Prices are not inflated and proceeds from all sales helps to support our community and our ministries.

Initial online offerings include Mount St....

Gifts of Gratitude
November 21, 2017

Four seventh- and eighth-graders from Erie Day School made multiple trips from the cars to the soup kitchen carrying bag after bag, called “gifts of gratitude,” stuffed with goodies for the guests of Emmaus.

In total, the two hundred and twenty-two reusable grocery bags are filled with all sorts of toiletries and snacks, including water bottles, granola bars, toothbrushes, shampoo, combs, and more. Every grade level is assigned a certain item to bring to fill the bags and parents and teachers contributed too by purchasing $5 gift cards to McDonalds for each bag.

For the past...

Retreat sponsored by Catholic Rural Ministry draws 40 participants
November 20, 2017

A group of 40 individuals came together for an overnight retreat at Olmsted Manor Conference Center in Ludlow. This was the fifth retreat sponsored by Catholic Rural Ministry (CRM) which includes Sisters Marian Wehler, OSB and Tina Geiger, RSM, co-directors of CRM II [Oil City Deanery] and Sisters Phyllis Schleicher, OSB and Mary Hoffman, OSB, Co-Directors of CRM I [Potter and McKean counties]. The retreat content was inspired by Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace Message. It was presented and led by Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB. Sister...

PNC Keeps Erie Children Warm with New Winter Coats
November 17, 2017

Children from St. Benedict Child Development Center will be a lot warmer this winter thanks to PNC Bank who gifted them with new winter coats, hats and mittens. PNC has partnered with Operation Warm, an organization who has made it their mission to provide brand-new winter coats to children in need, helping improve self-confidence, peer acceptance, school attendance, and overall wellness—because they believe a new winter coat can provide more than just warmth. The partnership provides Erie children in need with winter coats. With...

Chapter 57 Online Store is now OPEN!
November 17, 2017

Building an online store seemed like an impossible dream but with creative thinking, perseverance and hard work under the direction of Sister Linda Romey, web developer, the web committee is excited to announce the online, smaller version of Chapter 57, our monastery gift shop.

Initial online offerings include Mount St. Benedict Monastery t-shirts and sweatshirts, hand-crafted greeting cards, select artwork and music and prayer resources. Our first special offer is a set of four Worshipping Angel Cards: notecards featuring the stained glass angel windows installed in 1915 in the...

Thursday, November 16--Silent Peace Walk--Come one, come all!
November 15, 2017

A Silent Peace Walk promotes inner peace which does away with fear, divisions and hatred and brings about peace and unity in the world. It begins with a peace poem, a walk in silence (single file for 20 minutes), and ends with a peace poem and chant.

This event is sponsored by Benedictines for Peace. All are welcome.

Date: Thursday, November 16
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Erie High School, 3325 Cherry Street
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St. Jude Coat Drive benefits Emmaus
November 15, 2017

The annual coat drive at St. Jude Parish, in Erie, for Emmaus guests is always a success – but this year it was even better thanks to two innovative ideas.

First, thanks to a creative idea by St. Jude Catholic School 8th grader Charlie Rutkowski, there was an abundance of children’s winter coats. “Last year, I realized we didn’t have enough coats for children,” said Charlie, who has been helping to collect and organize coats and warm clothing for the past few years. “So this year, I talked to the principal at St. Jude and asked if we could offer a promotion for the students: donate...

Soctober benefits Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe
November 14, 2017

After watching a popular YouTube video, Mrs. Boxer’s third grade class at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Erie decided to host their own version of a “Socktober” in which they collected socks for children at Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe.

The YouTube video, A Pep Talk with Kid President and Grover, introduces the idea of “Socktober” as a month to help the homeless and those that lack basic needs. Kid President, only a child himself, says: “You’re never too small to make a big difference.”

“Inspired by the YouTube video, the kids who participated [in Socktober] were supposed to...

Now available: The 2018 Joan Chittister Calendar
November 10, 2017

Throughout history there have been fiery trail-blazing women who spoke their truth and changed history. And the 2018 Joan Chittister Calendar honors twelve of them. Insightful and inspiring quotes from Sister Joan echo the wisdom of such luminaries as Fannie Lou Hamer, Joan of Arc, Four Women Martyrs of El Salvador, Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Carson....Erie artist Marcy Hall (2016 Joan Chittister calendar) returns with her vibrant, whimsical, yet deeply reflective paintings that capture the essence of each of these remarkable women.

Included in the calendar is a bonus gift: A two-page...

Pies for Emmaus guests
November 8, 2017

Kindergarteners and preschoolers (with the help of their teachers) from Saint Luke Catholic School made 22 pies for the guests of Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Half the pies were pumpkin, the other half were apple. The children picked bushels upon bushels of apples in an orchard the week before they made the pies.

“How did you make these pies?” asked Breanna Mekuly, Emmaus Ministries staff member, when she met with the classes of students to thank them for sharing the pies with the guests of Emmaus.

Hands shot up in the air to respond. “I brought the sugar!” said one little boy. “And...

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