Annual Benetwood-Benedictine Dinner

“This is one of my favorite events,” shared one of the guests who arrived at the monastery from Benetwood. “It’s always nice to be with the sisters and I always look forward to the delicious meal and dessert pies!” And thus began a very pleasant evening as the Erie Benedictines welcomed their neighbors from Benetwood Apartments for what has become an annual event: Evening Prayer and a special dinner ─ a simple celebration of friendship, faith, food and fun.

Evening Prayer in the chapel was followed by a festive meal in the monastery dining room. Bruce, a newer resident shared: “This was such an enjoyable evening. I enjoyed a great dinner and good company.” Another guest, Sandy, added words of gratitude on her way home: “Thanks for having us. It was really nice.”

Benetwood Apartments, a community ministry that offers monastic hospitality to low income, elderly, and handicapped persons, is located on property adjacent to the monastery. The apartment building is a government subsidized non-profit facility administrated by Sister Patricia Hause, OSB. Her staff includes Benedictine Sister Marla Bleil, Wendy Wallace and new assistant manager, Ryan Eckert.

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