Highlights from a Memorable Evening

“I'm completely humbled and overwhelmed. To have the Erie Benedictines, to whom I've looked up to since I was in high school, call me a ‘strong woman’ seems like a dream,” said Kelly Armor, recipient of the 2017 Prophet of Peace Award.

The annual award was given at a special Evening Prayer held at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on February 10, with a dinner following. The slide show, which can be viewed by clicking on the arrow, shows the highlights of a wonderful evening that celebrated a woman who knows that to dare more means to receive more and who understands that love has the power to drive out fear.

“This award recognizes an individual or group that embodies some aspect of the community’s corporate commitment and its concerns for peace and justice, sustainability, and the needs of women and children,” said Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress. “Kelly has shown that unity can be preserved, and peace can be gained through the recognition and acceptance of difference. She has used her gifts and talents to educate, show reverence and bring different peoples together to help build and maintain a culture of acceptance and love, peace and nonviolence—a culture that forms the foundation of respect and dignity for all and the acceptance of cultural identity and diversity.”

Kelly Armor has been a professional folk musician and storyteller and for over 20 years. She is the Folk Art and Education Director at the Erie Art Museum and specializes in Appalachian, Celtic, maritime and East African music, storytelling, songwriting, and instrument making. Kelly has also amassed a collection of over 70 traditional children's songs from refugees now living in Erie. She lived in East Africa for 2-1/2 years which sparked her love and interest in oral tradition. Kelly is a woman who has used her gifts without hesitation to bring out the best and create the best for others, especially in relationship to the refugee population, the new Americans in the city of Erie.

Read this and more in Sister Anne’s remarks and award presentation.