Land of the free, home of the self-centered

Land of the free, home of the self-centered

September 18, 2020

"The most superficial study of the Constitution of the United States is clear about our freedom, our rights, our laws and our responsibility to the common good," writes Sister Joan Chittister in her new National Catholic Reporter column. ..."Clearly, the land of the free and the home of the self-centered has a lot to learn from the people of all ages and all countries who manage to wear masks, avoid pool parties and understand that the fines that go with activities like those are in recognition of everybody else's rights."
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Emmaus Ministries' The Companion—new issue

September 16, 2020

"'Blessed is the one who cares for the poor,' is what God proclaims in Psalm 41. But what kind of 'blessing' is promised? For me the blessing of caring for the poor is internal and only reveals itself in time. Caring for the poor gives you a clear, even frightening, glimpse into your own heart," writes Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, in the newest issue of The Companion.
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Neighborhood Art House Annual Taste of the Arts is online

Neighborhood Art House Taste of the Arts is online

September 15, 2020

Enjoy all that the Neighborhood Art House Taste of the Arts Annual Fundraiser has to offer from the comfort of your own home. Beginning on September 15 at 5:00 p.m. you will be able to select from a fabulous menu of artwork created by our talented students and bid on artwork and experiences provided by the Art House faculty.

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Silent Peace Walk at Mount St. Benedict Monastery

Silent Peace Walk and Campaign Nonviolence

September 14, 2020

The next Silent Peace Walk for the Erie Benedictine community will be September 21, International Peace Day. The walk’s intention is to promote inner peace in an effort to overcome fear, division and hatred and to bring about peace and unity in our world. This particular walk has a second intention...
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Benedictine Sisters of Erie support Erie County Council’s recent resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.

Benedictine Sisters support Erie County Council Resolution

September 13, 2020

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie support Erie County Council’s recent resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and expressing their intent to address the health, education, housing and economic disparities existing in Erie County. “Our foremothers settled in Erie only five years after the city’s incorporation in 1851...

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Sister Mary Miller, Harvey and Kitty Welton, Sister Rosanne Lindal-Hynes at Emmaus Soup Kitchen

Celebrating with Emmaus family

September 11, 2020

Kitty and Harvey Welton celebrated their golden wedding anniversary where they have volunteered for more than 20 of those 50 years: at Emmaus Soup Kitchen. The special meal, shared with soup kitchen guests, was a surprise prepared by their children. “Kitty and Harvey’s love for one another is great, but their love extends far, shown in their faithfulness to the guests of Emmaus...," said Sister Mary Miller, Director of Emmaus Ministries.
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You can view the presentation on the International Thomas Merton Society YouTube channel.

Invitation to ongoing formation

September 10, 2020

Sisters recently gathered to view a webinar, "Thomas Merton and Black Lives Matter: Spirituality and Racial Justice for Our Time," as part of their ongoing formation, a constant commitment to grow and learn as monastic women in church and society. Daniel Horan, OFM, presented the webinar that was sponsored by the International Thomas Merton Society and the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union.
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Sister Veronica with the All Saints School students

Sister Veronica: a "great teacher"

September 9, 2020

“Sister Veronica was one of the greatest teachers I ever had because she taught me to always practice common sense and good judgment,” said Norman Kotoch, former 8th grade student of Erie Benedictine Sister Veronica Mirage who recently retired after 36 years at All Saints School of St. John Vianney Parish, Cleveland, OH.

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Joan Chittister 2021 Calendar

Benetvision shrunk 2021 calendar

September 5, 2020

For the first time, the Joan Chittister Calendar is available in two sizes: Wall and Mini. The 2021 Calendar, published by Benetvision, features the wisdom of Sister Joan Chittister paired with the stunning work of nature photographer Karen Bukowski, a native of Erie, PA. It is an artistic work that encourages serenity and trust in God.
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Jill Varner, left, presents Sister Diane with a commemorative plaque

Director Sister Diane Rabe leaves St. Benedict Child Development Center after 29 years

September 4, 2020

After 29 years, Sister Diane is leaving her place at the helm of St. Benedict Child Development Center to become subprioress and administrative assistant for the Benedictine Sisters. At an outdoor luncheon to bid farewell, Jill Varner, Assistant Director, offered an emotional testament to Sister Diane’s leadership and love for the Center’s staff and families.
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Life's Merry-Go-Round podcast by Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski

Life's Merry-Go-Round

September 1, 2020

Merry-go-round or roller coaster? Which best describes life? Two guests join Sister Carolyn to consider at this question on her newest podcast. "Life's Merry-Go-Round" is Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski's 94th episode.

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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

September 1, 2020

"Morning has broken, inviting a creation that groans to healing and praise! We greet the new day by praising God," the community prayed at 6:30 a.m. morning prayer to begin the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. "May we commit to new ways of honoring God's transforming love, and let us seek God's grace, justice and mercy for all."
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Mother Benedicta Riepp (1825-1862) is the founder of Benedictine life for women in the Untied States.

Some Thoughts on Looking Ahead

August 31, 2020

"I spend a lot of time thinking about Benedicta Riepp. In 1852, at the age of 27, she set out from her monastery in Germany and with two other sisters, brought Benedictine life for women to North America," writes Erie Benedictine postulant Jacqueline Sanchez Small who also happens to be 27. Her newest "Little Blog for Beginners" post at Monasteries of the Heart shares how Benedicta's story gives hope.

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Sister Annette Marshall, executive director of the Neighborhood Art House.

The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House at 25

August 28, 2020

"If you take the measure of the places as well as the people that contribute to Erie's vitality and ingenuity, the Neighborhood Art House would make the cut, especially because this year marks its 25th anniversary of 'Inspiring a Better Future Through the Arts,' as its logo states," writes reporter Liz Allen in an Erie Reader feature on the Erie Benedictines' Neighborhood Art House.

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Sister Val's journal entry from August 25, 2015

Five Years Later, a Review

August 26, 2020

"Today marks five years since I packed up my beloved Chevy Malibu and drove from one corner of the state to the other, moving into the monastery to begin my journey into the Benedictine life. I know this because I just filled in the final space in my five-year journal that I purchased before I moved to Erie," writes third-year Scholastic Sister Val Luckey in her new blog post.

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Sister Colette Korn processes into chapel during the Vigil of Sunday in the monastery chapel.

Erie Gives donations increase more than $10,000

August 25, 2020

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The Benedictine Sisters are grateful to every one of their 257 Erie Gives donors. The 2020 Erie Gives annual campaign, sponsored by the Erie Community Foundation, resulted in more than $32,000 for the Benedictine community.
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The mortal end of truth: Joan Chittister From Where I Stand

The mortal end of truth: Joan Chittister

August 21, 2020

Erie Benedictine Joan Chittister questions the validity of what she taught high school history students years ago. "In fact," she writes in her new column at, "there are days when I feel like I need to apologize to the classes I taught for having misled them."

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One of the happy shoppers.

Treasures & Such: What's happening?

August 20, 2020

Treasures & Such, St. Benedict Education Center’s “incentive store,” is not open. It will re-open at some point, in a way that reflects the daily operations at SBEC. Currently, most of the interaction between participants and case managers, instructors, and other staff is remote.

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