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Erie Insurance Sock Drive benefits Emmaus Ministries
April 27, 2018

“While the calendar says April is here and spring has sprung in most parts of the country, Erie PA has other plans,” wrote Lauren Casey in an email to her colleagues at Erie Insurance’s Westport location in the beginning of the month. Lauren, who organized a previous collection for Emmaus Ministries, organized this “Sock Drive” when she learned that most of Erie’s warming shelters close on April 1st.

“Erie residents know that Erie weather follows its own set of rules as to when it will warm up,” she continued, “and the response to the Sock Drive at Westport was incredible.” Less...

Sister Jacinta Conklin Transfers Vows to Benedictine Sisters of Erie
April 27, 2018

“God’s constancy and your faithfulness in response bring us to this very special moment,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, to Sister Jacinta Conklin on the occasion of her final incorporation into the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. Sister Jacinta, originally from St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys, PA, came to live in Erie when it became clear that their monastery would be closing as a result of a climbing median age and lack of new members. After two years of prayer and discernment she asked to transfer her vows and become fully incorporated into the community of the Erie Benedictines....

Erie Celebrates POEM IN POCKET DAY April 26
April 25, 2018

The Women’s Writing Studio is partnering with the Erie Public Library and five other places to celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day, Thursday, April 26.

Brew-Ha-Ha, Ember & Forge and State Street Starbucks coffee shops, Room 33 restaurant, and Springhill Retirement Community will also distribute poems to patrons, residents, and staff. Over the noon hour volunteers, including Marisa Moks-Unger, Poet Laureate of Erie County, will hand out poems in the Perry Square area to passersby...

2018 Earth Day: Erie Events
April 23, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018 marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars for awareness and action. Catholic Climate Covenant is joining the Earth Day Network‘s campaign to End Plastic Pollution.

From contributing to land and marine pollution to increasing our use of carbon-producing fuels, our reliance on single-use plastics has a...

Rejoice with Sister Jacinta Conklin
April 21, 2018

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress (right), rejoices with Sister Jacinta Conklin after the ritual in which Sister Jacinta transferred her vows from her community of origin (St. Joseph Monastery, St. Marys, PA) and became a fully incorporated member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

Click here to read Sister Anne's reflections.


World Day of Prayer for Vocations
April 21, 2018

Sunday, April 22, marks the 55th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. While the emphasis of this day of prayer is concentrated on vocations to the religious or ordained way of life, it is at heart a day to join together in prayer for women and men who are attempting to discern their particular vocation in life.

Listening, discerning, and living are the concepts that lie at the heart of Pope Francis’ message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations. He speaks of the need for a listening heart and a process of discernment...

What Sisters and Oblates are Reading: Latest Book Review by Audrey Steff
April 19, 2018

In reading Glass Houses by Louise Penny I found it to be very entralling, thought-provoking and of course, very good. Here is Penny's 13th novel with her hero Armand Gamache, chief superintendent of the Montreal Police, involved in a mystery within a mystery, leading to an explosive ending.

Penny's cast of characters, some "regulars" along with some new additions, live up to their reputations, although with each new book the reader will learn much more about these amazing people who live in a simple Canadian village called Three Pines. I even saw a bit of understanding and...

Church of the Cross at Sister Gus' Kids Cafe
April 17, 2018

“While cleaning at Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe, I just kept thinking about the kids and praying for them,” said Nancy Daniel, of the Church of the Cross. “‘Who will be sitting here tomorrow?’ I thought, and then said a special prayer for that child.”

Nancy, along with a dozen others, volunteered to clean the Kids Cafe as a part of their church organized book discussion groups. Three groups from the Church of the Cross read the same book, Renegade Gospel, The Rebel Jesus by Mike Slaughter. In their reading and fellowship, the groups felt called to act upon their Christian faith and “step...

Discover your Inner Artist
April 10, 2018

Discover your inner artist at this Acrylic Painting session for adults taught by artist and Neighborhood Art House teacher, Mary Kay Geary. New to painting? – this is for you! You’ve attended before? – expand your skills with a new painting. Classes are for adults and will not exceed 15 participants, so register early. The registration fee of $35.00 includes all materials, snacks and soft drinks.

Friday, April 20 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Neighborhood Art House
201 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16503

Use of the Registration Form is preferred. Click...

YPC at the Monastery
April 7, 2018

The chapel at Mount St. Benedict Monastery was filled with music when the Young People’s Chorus of Erie (YPC) performed part of their upcoming spring concert for sisters and guests under the direction of Gabrielle Dietrich, conductor, and accompanied by Joyce Kriner, pianist.

“These talented young people leave no doubt in my mind that choral music is in good hands for the future,” said Sister Marilyn Schauble, community musician and host. “It was a beautiful concert in every way. The musical renditions were in a variety of styles and languages, all with meaningful messages and...

St. George Catholic School's "Jeans Day" benefits Emmaus Ministries
April 6, 2018

“Wow! This is an awesome amount of money you raised!” said Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus, when she met Maddie and Leah, two eighth graders from St. George Catholic School who brought the proceeds of their school’s “Jeans Day” to Emmaus. “Did you expect to raise this much?”

“Each student is encouraged to bring a dollar to wear jeans but if you donate more, like five dollars as I did,” said Leah, “that’s okay, too.”

Students and staff participated in a “jeans day” where they were encouraged to donate $1 to Emmaus Ministries in order to wear jeans to school for the day...