About SBA

St. Benedict Academy

The purpose of the Saint Benedict Academy Alumnae Association is to promote and maintain the bond of the members, support the ministries of the Benedictine Sisters, promote Catholic education and support and encourage its members in their involvement in service to ministries that promote Benedictine Values and traditions.

We are committed to carrying out the philosophy of our Benedictine Education-to develop to our full potential, to build community wherever we are, and to offer our gifts for others so that in all things God may be glorified.

We learned to appreciate ourselves as independent and unique women, to stand alone when necessary, to live with purpose, to work as part of something greater than ourselves.


Classes who are planning reunions next year are eligible to receive a $35 check to help defray mailing costs. Also provided will be an updated class list from our database as well as a set of labels. Please provide us with any information regarding your reunion that you would like posted on this website. We would also appreciate and follow up stories and photos you might wish to share. All we ask is that you provide us with new or updated addresses for the database. It is one of the best ways we have to keep in touch with friends and classmates.

Please contact Ann Comstock. Call 814-899-0614 ext. 2573 or

Our Mission and Purpose are accomplished through:

• COMMUNICATION with our membership:

All Alumnae receive our Association’s newsletter in The Mount magazine. The Saint Benedict Academy Alumnae pages are updated periodically.

• COMMITMENT to Catholic Education:

Twenty $200 parochial educational scholarships are made available to relatives of members.  Recipients are determined by lottery at the annual spring brunch.

• SUPPORT of the Benedictine Sisters in their inner-city ministries:

An annual appeal fund drive is held during which time members of the alumnae association are asked for a donation that supports their association goals and the Benedictine Sisters.

• PARTICIPATION in annual Alumnae events:

The spring alumnae liturgy at Mount Saint Benedict followed by Brunch; the summer picnic; the Christmas party; additional events planned throughout the year.

SBA School Song

SBA School Song

School Song
(until 1945)

A cheer for SBA
for dear old SBA.
Let’s sing her memory
in joyful song.

A cheer for SBA
for dear old SBA.
The school we love
The school we love.

Throughout our future lives
We’ll ever honor thee.
Inspired by thy light
shall be our loyalty
Shall be, shall be our loyalty.

A cheer for SBA
for dear old SBA.
We’ll voice our song
thy praise prolong.

School Song
(after 1945)

A cheer for dear St. Benedict’s
And many happy days
With friends we never can forget,
Who join us in our praise;
Where e’er we go in future days
Thy honor we’ll proclaim;
Inspir’d shall be our loyalty
And glory to thy name.

St. Benedict’s, St. Benedict’s
We’ll always hail thy halls;
We’ll always come to thee again
When Alma Mater calls.

We thank thee for thy guiding care
And all we’ve learned from thee
To fill our hearts with higher power
And opportunity;
To make the best of everything,
Meet troubles with a smile,
To hold aloft our highest aim,
And hail thee all the while.

Executive Board

President:  Katherine Shewan Young '87
Vice President:  Cheryl Lenhart '89
Treasurer:  Cathy Considine Stemmler '64
Alumnae Director:  Ann Comstock '64
Benedictine Community Liason: 
Sr. Rosanne Loneck, OSB '61
Sr. Mary Ellen Plumb, OSB '71
Lisa Manendo '74
Valerie Joint Kindle '88
Darlene Harkness Kerstetter '82
Mary Rita Roach Groucutt '72
Debra Chimenti Sciamanda '74

History of SBA

The year was 1869.

Immigrants were streaming into the United States—poor, Catholic immigrants who needed an education in order to move into the mainstream of society. There was no Catholic secondary education for women in Erie.

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie saw a need and responded. They began St. Benedict Academy, the first Catholic high school for women in the city.

A story-and-a-half frame house provided the first "school" where Sister Edith Schlaudecker, a strong, determined woman, directed the new students. Two students appeared on the first day of school, and with tuition set at $1 a month for day students, the uncertainty with which the future was faced can well be imagined.

Undaunted by this meager beginning, a lively faith prompted the Sisters to continue teaching the curriculum offerings: Christian Doctrine, English, Sacred History, Drawing, Music and Embroidery.

The dedication of the new three-story building for boarders and day students took place on December 8, 1870, less than two years after the first day of school.

Until 1920, the Academy accommodated boarders as well as day pupils, and the curriculum provided for the eight grammar grades and a three-year commercial course.

Improvements were made at various intervals: the training of the sisters to meet professional standards; the addition of a fourth year to the curriculum and first class accreditation for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction (1922).

St. Benedict Academy

SBA Happenings

SBA Christmas Party 2017

“A cheer for SBA for dear old SBA. Let’s sing her memory in joyful song,” rang out loud and clear as more than 364 folks joined in singing the school song at the 2017 St. Benedict Academy Alum Christmas Party. “It was one of the best parts of the evening,” said Ann Comstock, SBA Alum Director. “There is nothing like the spirit and loyalty of these women.”

View a photo slide show

2017 SBA Christmas Party

SBA Alum Association Newsletter

Let us pray

For our deceased alumnae:


Dolores Grotkowski Holcomb
Class of 1957
Elaine N Lipinski Straub
Class of 1957


Marilyn Przybyszewski Konieczny
Class of 1958
Doris Ann Wisinski Baranello
Class of 1970
Doris Ann Wisinski Baranello
Class of 1970
Patricia Zirkelbach Goetz
Class of 1941
Frances Burgoyne Burt
Class of 1953