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Today's the day: Join us in following "Cycling with Sisters"
October 2, 2017

Benedictine sisters and oblates are among those “Cycling with Sisters” from Erie to Niagara Falls (100 miles!) today,Monday, October 2 as part of a social media and pedaling pilgrimage to promote the social justice work of Catholic sisters.

You can ride along virtually as parts of their ride and the prayer they will offer at stops along the way in support of those served by women religious are live streamed.

Like the Erie Benedictines Facebook page by clicking here and follow us on Twitter by clicking...

Two more days to "Cycling with Sisters"
September 30, 2017

A group of cyclists committed to advancing the mission and image of Catholic sisters will cycle their way from North East, PA., to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, on Monday, October 2, as a social media and pedaling pilgrimage to promote the social justice work of Catholic sisters. Cyclists on the 100-mile trek include Catholic sisters, communications professionals working for communities of Catholic sisters and members of Communicators for Women Religious (CWR), along with friends and others who support the cause. Click...

From Soups On: An Emmaus Journal by Breanna Mekuly
September 29, 2017

On Friday, there was a new family who came to the soup kitchen. They had two little kids. The dad said (about the littlest, who was sitting in a high chair), "It's his birthday!"

"His birthday?" I asked. "How old is he? Just turning one?"

Yes. Celebrating his first birthday with us, in a high chair at the soup kitchen.

So of course I ran around and told everyone. Margaret got the biggest piece of cake she could find and stuck a candle in it. Rosanne went upstairs and got a baby quilt and a toy. And almost every volunteer took a turn to come over and wish him well....

CROP Walk 2017
September 27, 2017

Sunday, September 24th in Erie, PA was hot, humid and sunny. But that didn’t stop Sisters Lucia and Claire Surmik, who work at the Emmaus Food Pantry, from participating in this year’s CROP Walk to End Hunger at the peninsula.

The CROP Hunger Walk brings people together from all over the Erie area to raise funds to feed hungry people all over the world. One-quarter of all funds raised stay in Erie. Last year, $14,750 in proceeds from the CROP Hunger Walk were shared with Emmaus Ministries and other local agencies attempting to fight hunger.

“We walked about a half a mile,”...

Global Sisters Report posts article by Sister Linda Romey
September 27, 2017

In 2014 NCR (National Catholic Reporter) launched a reporting project dedicated to telling the stories of women religious around the world called Global Sisters Report.

Sister Linda Romey shares her reflections in an article titled, Are Religious Women needed? Sister Linda’s article can be read here. In the article Sister Linda shares her thoughts in conjunction with an upcoming event: Cycling...

What a Fish Fry!
September 26, 2017

“This is really yummy!” said Kaylee, an 9-year-old regular guest of the Soup Kitchen, while sitting in the family dining room with an almost-eaten fish sandwich in her hands. “And I don’t normally like fish… but I really like this kind!”

The fish sandwich that Kaylee was enjoying so much was prepared by 16 members of the SONS (Save Our Native Species) of Lake Erie Fishing Club on Friday, September 15. The SONS brought, prepared, and fried up 107 pounds of walleye and perch in their own homemade beer batter.

Chuck Miller, organizer of the annual fish fry, was quick to mention...

Today was Golden Jubilee Day for Sister Margaret Ann
September 23, 2017

Congratulations to Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee celebrated today at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery.

Click here to read the reflections given by Sister Anne Wambach, prioress.



Paws in the Park
September 22, 2017

Sister Carol Ann McLaughlin and Rusty are faithful members of Therapy Dogs United. “Rusty and I love to visit nursing homes and hospitals to give comfort and joy to the clients and patients,” shared Sister Carol Ann. “We also enjoy helping children to read without feeling discouraged and offering a presence to college students to reduce stress.”

It should come as no surprise that Sister Carol Ann and Rusty took part in Therapy Dogs United’s annual “Paws in the Park” recently held in Erie’s Frontier Park. The event, supported by the American Kennel Club, is held to educate the...

Erie Insurance Charity Challenge benefits Emmaus Ministries
September 22, 2017

What do donuts, golf, insurance, and Emmaus have in common? The 2017 Erie Insurance Charity Challenge golf tournament.

On September 11th, a team of four friends representing the Maple Donuts factory in York, Pennsylvania participated in the event and chose Emmaus Ministries as their charity recipient. The team, led by team captain and CEO of Maple Donuts, Nate Burnside, took fifth place, raising over $3,000 for Emmaus.

Breanna Mekuly, staff member of Emmaus Ministries, attended the awards ceremony. “Erie...

Letting a creek be a creek
September 21, 2017

“Awesome article,” said Jacob Moore, PA DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) northwest regional staff member, of a contribution that Sister Pat Lupo recently made to “Our Common Wealth,” the DEP’s blog. Sister Pat's article, Letting a Creek Be a Creek: The Need for Stormwater Management, can be read here.

The blog, "Our Common Wealth" is an effort on the part of DEP to share insights into the work...

Monthly Silent Peace Walk: Thursday, September 21
September 20, 2017

In response to the escalating tensions and divisiveness present in our country and our world, Benedictines for Peace initiated a new monthly initiative, a Silent Peace Walk. The second monthly Silent Walk for Peace is Thursday, September 21 from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. It will begin and end at the East Avenue Boat Launch, at the foot of East Avenue. We will move silently in single-file past the Erie COKE plant.

The site was chosen to connect with the “Season of Creation” which Christian churches around the globe celebrate between September 1 and October 4...