Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski

Art Show 2020: My Insight

November 25, 2020

"My Insight" is the title for the 2020 Art Show in the Chapter 57 Gallery of the monastery. Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, pictured here with one of her show pieces, is the manager of Chapter 57, the monastery's gift shop, and coordinator of the art show. "Since we closed Chapter 57 and the gallery for renovation in January 2020, I wondered what our first show might look like when we reopened," she mused. "Then the country was shut down in March."

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Dolores Mosakowski, SBEC volunteer, we are grateful

Dolores Mosakowski, SBEC volunteer, we are grateful

November 24, 2020

St. Benedict Education Center volunteer Dolores Mosakowski shared her life with so many. Dolores died on November 8 at the age of 92. We, at Saint Benedict Education Center, are grateful she gave some of her care and compassion – some of her spirit and energy – to us. We will miss her.

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That God May Be Glorified, an inclusive liturgy of the hours

Liturgy of the Hours

November 21, 2020

"In women's religious congregations and communities across the U.S., members join in the Liturgy of the Hours, described as the daily prayer of the church. But while the practice may be universal, the prayers are not all the same," writes Julie Ferraro in a recent Global Sisters Report post. Her post features the Liturgy of the Hours of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, That God May Be Glorified, a five-week inclusive-language (God and human) psalter.

Pray a daily psalm from That God May Be Glorified here. Purchase a copy here.

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from welcomingamerica.org/

Congratulations, Erie PA

November 19, 2020

Congratulations to our city, Erie, PA, certified as a "welcoming city" by Welcoming America. "Welcoming cities are guided by the principles of inclusion and creating communities that prosper because everyone feels welcome, including immigrants and refugees," according to Welcoming America as reported in the Erie Times-News by reporter Kevin Flowers.

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Carry Us, O Breath of God

Carry Us, O Breath of God

November 16, 2020

Erie Benedictine Oblate and Monastery of the Heart member Nancy Small, spiritual director, hospice chaplain, writer, and justice-seeker, is featured in Monks in Our Midst on Monasteries of the Heart. She beings her reflection, "My pandemic search for spiritual grounding led me to the Christian mystics. Their wisdom has sustained me through turbulent times before. This time Hildegard of Bingen’s words about being “a feather on the breath of God” captured my attention."

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Take Back the Site Virtual Vigil

Take Back the Site Virtual Vigil

November 15, 2020

The Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of Mercy and Benedictine Sisters of Erie announce that the Take Back the Site Vigils for victims of homicides in Erie will resume, virtually, in November. The sisters of the sponsoring communities will be gathering for the service in their respective community chapels on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. The video is here. Please join in prayer with us.
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SBEC helps clients get ready for winter

SBEC helps clients get ready for winter

November 11, 2020

Some things don’t change, even when the daily routine at Saint Benedict Education Center has due to the Covid-19 virus. Winter in Erie and the surrounding counties is cold and snowy and coats and boots are expensive and children outgrow them quickly.... Kara Bauer, SBEC Program Supervisor, arranged to get coats and boots to our participants in Erie, Venango, Clarion, Warren, Forest and Crawford Counties again this year.
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LCWR Pledges to Work with Administration to Heal the Nation

LCWR Pledges to Work with Administration to Heal the Nation

November 10, 2020

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious has issued a post-election statement calling for healing and reconciliation: "After a difficult election season, it is time for us to take up the twin tasks of reconciliation and healing. In these challenging times it is critically important that we break through that which divides us one from another, repair fractured relationships and reclaim our essential unity."
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Joan Chittister Vision and Viewpoint

Joan Chittister Vision and Viewpoint

November 9, 2020

Joan Chittister's weekly e-newsletter, Vision and Viewpoint, for November 9 features an excerpt from her book, The Time Is Now, A Call to Uncommon Courage. "The future depends on whether we make serious decisions about our own roles in shaping a future that fulfills God’s will for the world, or simply choose to suffer the decisions made by others intent on imposing their own vision of tomorrow," she writes. You can subscribe to Vision and Viewpoint here.
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A Tree Nursery Grows at Emmaus Grove

A Tree Nursery Grows at Emmaus Grove

November 4, 2020

Emmaus Grove provided fertile ground for Sister Pat Lupo and her Neighborhood Art House students as they planted 25 saplings there last week. Part of Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF)’s ReLeaf initiative, these 25 trees contributed to the overall goal of planting 275,000 trees in Erie County, equal the number of citizens.

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Sister Joan Chittister in conversation at a 2019 retreat

Joan Chittister to be part of NCR Election Coverage

November 2, 2020

Listen to Joan Chittister’s thoughts on election day, November 3, on a Facebook Live event sponsored by the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) at 1:30 p.m. Central. Sister Joan will be in conversation with former NCR executive editor Tom Roberts, on “Where do we go from here?” (the video will also be posted on NCR after the event). Click here. We will update links as they become available. More information >>>

Prayer Vigil on Election Day

Prayer Vigil on Election Day

November 2, 2020

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie are joining with women's religious communities around the country in a day of prayer for peace and unity in our country and for the safety of poll workers and voters on Election Day. At the monastery there will be a 24-hour vigil from 8:00 p.m. on November 2 until 8:00 p.m. November 3. The School Sisters of Notre Dame organized the nationwide prayer. Please pray with us and be sure to vote.

An electronic board displays bingo calls

SBA Bingo Returns

November 2, 2020

SBA Cash Bingo at the Polish Falcons Club resumed Sunday, November 1. "Sixty-four players (out of a maximum of 70) came to play. In addition to having fun, everyone was also careful to keep the proper distance so we'd all be safe," said Darlene Kerstetter, '82, St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Association President.

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Nancy Sabol, Executive Director of St. Benedict Education Center

Celebrating Leadership at SBEC with a Photo Essay

October 30, 2020

The staff at St. Benedict Education Center celebrated the steady, insightful, compassionate leadership of Nancy Sabol, Executive Director, but NOT on National Bosses Day. Read more and view a picture gallery.

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Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski "Every Vote Is Sacred"

Every Vote Is Sacred

October 30, 2020

Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski joins with Nuns & Nones to encourage everyone to get out and vote.

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Some Thoughts at the Start of the Novitiate

Some Thoughts at the Start of the Novitiate

October 30, 2020

"I have 51 weeks left of my novice year," writes new Benedictine novice Jacqueline Sanchez Small in her recent blog post. "... think I'll find whatever I tell myself is available to me this year. And it doesn't have to be self-centeredness or piety. It might be reverence, patience, or even a little humility."
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Prayers on Election Day

Prayers on Election Day

October 29, 2020

Join us on the steps of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, 134 West 7th Street in Erie, for non-partisan prayers for peace and for our country. The service will be about 20 minutes. Please wear a mask. Benedictines for Peace is a co-host of this prayer service.

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Virtual oblate commitment ceremony at Mount St Benedict Monastery

Five new oblates welcomed at annual Oblate Commitment Ceremony

October 27, 2020

The 2020 annual Oblate Commitment Ceremony took place during Evening Praise at the monastery and around the world via Zoom on Saturday, October 24. Nearly 100 oblates participated, including six initiates and five new oblates, their faces visible to the sisters on a large screen suspended from the monastery's community room ceiling. Oblates likewise saw the sisters via four strategically placed cameras.
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