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Standing together for justice
January 13, 2018

“We are disheartened by the latest decision of the Trump Administration to lift immigration protection for thousands of El Salvadorans,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. “Our community stands with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in denouncing what we view as a cruel and unjust decision. As women of faith we take seriously the call of the Gospel to be open to and inclusive of all. We embrace the Rule of Benedict that calls us to welcome the other as Christ and we stand firm in our...

Emmaus Soup Kitchen benefits from Erie Pay it Forward Campaign
January 12, 2018

Ellen Gigogne, the first winner of the Lakeside Auto Facebook Pay it Forward campaign, chose to donate the money to Emmaus Ministries. “This is in honor of my brother, Don Metzger,” she said. “Each year before Christmas, he would send a check to Emmaus before he started his shopping for the season.”

The Lakeside Auto Group’s Pay It Forward Campaign began when owner Andy Gabler was “looking for a way to become more involved with the community and to inspire other people to essentially ‘pay it forward.’ I...

Blessing of the Monastery
January 7, 2018

The blessing of a home is an Epiphany custom and a tradition at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. The community gathers at the Monastery entrance to mark the doors with the current year and the inscription CBM: 20+ C+B+M+18. The initials stand for the names of the magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. The letters also represent the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat which means "May Christ bless this home."

The inscription remains as a sign that blessing is wished for all who enter and depart from the monastery. The community proceeds to process around the...

Canisius Students have arrived--let the experience begin!
January 7, 2018

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 arrived just in time for Sunday liturgy. Sister Marilyn Schauble, Director of Vocations, organized the week. “This has become one of our favorite weeks of the year. We are pleased and excited to welcome this college group into our home and hearts.”

The week will include prayer...

Biking in the Frigid Cold (and snow) benefits Emmaus Ministries
January 5, 2018

By the numbers:

1 avid cyclist, Eric Webber, led

40 cyclists, many of whom are members of the Erie Cyclepaths group,

13 miles around Presque Isle Peninsula on

1/1/18 as a part of the

6th annual “Frigid Frolic.” Temperatures were only

12 degrees, but with the wind-chill factor, temperatures dropped to

-4 degrees. Most roads were plowed after Erie got

7 feet of snow from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day but many still had to ride bikes with

4 inch tires, called fat tire bikes, to get through the snow. Together, the cyclists...

View New NAH 30 Second Video
January 3, 2018

Have you ever wondered “What is the Neighborhood Art House (NAH)?” or “Why does the Benedictine Community have such a ministry as the Art House? You’ll find the answers in a new 30 second video created by WJET TV. Click here to view it on the NAH web page.

“Also new to the Neighborhood Art House page is a selection of on-line donation options,” explains Sister Annette Marshall, NAH Executive Director. “The Art House depends entirely on donations to be able to offer programming in the arts and environment to Erie’s...

Colleen Leathley completes Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience
January 2, 2018

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie offered a prayer of blessing for Colleen Leathley upon her completion of her Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience. Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Director of Monastic Formation, thanked Colleen for the energetic and enthusiastic spirit that enlivened the commitment she made to live as a monastic for 9 months with the Erie Benedictines. Her sentiments echoed those of the community: “You have been faithful to the process of seeking God through prayer, community and ministry . . . . You have listened with the ear of your heart and entered wholeheartedly into our...

The New Year Begins
December 31, 2017

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...

“Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful…!”
December 27, 2017

“Oh, the weather outside is frightful…” but the friends of Emmaus are delightful, making sure our guests can keep warm though Erie winters.

Noreen Pociej of Milcreek Hospital began a collection of new socks, hats, and gloves which quickly expanded to the entire ACL laboratory employees of Millcreek Community Hospital. “We appreciate all the meals you provide for the soup kitchen’s visitors every day but we also know that sometimes they are in need of other items that may not be available to them at the soup kitchen,” said the note that came with their delivery. “Please distribute...

SBEC assists St. Martin Center with gift drive
December 27, 2017

Each year, St. Martin Center collects and distributes gifts to Erie children. This year St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) partnered with them to spread Christmas joy. The second floor at SBEC was used as a staging area, and on December 18 and 19 families came to the education center to pick up their gifts. Over 1200 children are going to receive just what they asked Santa for – and all because of the generosity of others. SBEC participants worked to label all of the “stars” that identified each child, and staff volunteered time to help hand out presents.

“Almost every room...

The aroma of Christmas fills the air
December 26, 2017

I don’t know what’s in your pizzelles but the Mount’s pizzelles are full of love and fun. Sister Marilyn Schauble, with the help of Sister Karen Oprenchok, whipped up the batter ahead of time so there was no delay in the baking. Newer members were initiated into the annual tradition and learned the ropes from a number of resident experts who have been pressing pizzelles for years. “It didn’t take them long to catch on,” said Sister Marilyn of Colleen Leathley and Priscilla Richter, both participants in the Benedicta Riepp...