Benedictine Sisters of Erie Participate in Ecumenical Conference

Carrie, Alyssa and Marilyn

Erie Benedictine Oblate, Kelly Adamson, the Assistant Chaplain and Director of Catholic Campus ministries at Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU), was largely responsible for the organization of "Radical Gospel Living: Monasticism Today," a unique ecumenical conference held this past weekend at OWU. The conference provided the opportunity for more than 300 participants to explore what it means to seek God single-mindedly, live rooted in the Gospel, be committed to community, and embrace conversion of life. University Chaplain Reverend Jon R. Powers said of Kelly, "she is a visionary leader and superb administrator who [brought] us to this moment and purpose, to the glory of God."

The Erie Benedictines were well represented at the two-day event. Sister Joan Chittister presented the opening keynote address: The Radical Christian Life: An Exercise in Spiritual Imagination. Sister Mary Ellen Plumb offered a workshop on Monasteries of the Heart, a new outreach of the Benedictine Sisters that promotes the formation of small online or on-site communities to study Benedictinism and integrate it into their lives. Vocation Director, Sister Marilyn Schauble, hosted a Benedictine Sisters of Erie information table and Benedicta Riepp participants, Carrie Parsons and Alyssa Harpst, sold Benetvision materials.

"Being in the midst of such a large group of people, many of whom were young adults, interested in exploring the many forms of monasticism and desiring to seek God in new and creative ways was energizing and enriching, " said Sister Marilyn, "I have never been more proud to be a monastic."

Pictured at right, Carrie and Alyssa sell books and Marilyn talks with participants about Benedictine life.

Sister Joan Chittister address the conference.
Sister Joan Chittister address the conference.
Sister Mary Ellen Plumb speaks with participants.
Sister Mary Ellen Plumb speaks with participants.
Oblate Kelly Adamson at the podium.
Oblate Kelly Adamson at the podium.