They stop and lie down periodically to ruminate, explained Jennifer, the goatherd. (More to come on Jennifer and the other herders, including Fred Rogers, the border collie/poodle mix who is an able assistant.) While the goats ruminate, their digestive system goes to work and destroys any possibility of seeds passing through them and reseeding the same invasive plants they are ingesting. Quite monk-like...we, too, are grazing continually on everything our senses take in. And we ruminate, too. The trick for

On what do you ruminate?

July 18, 2022

Goats stop and lie down periodically to ruminate, explained Jennifer, the goatherd. (More to come on Jennifer and the other herders, including Fred Rogers, the border collie/poodle mix who is an able assistant.) While the goats ruminate, their digestive system goes to work and destroys any possibility of seeds passing through them and reseeding the same invasive plants they are ingesting. Quite monk-like...we, too, are grazing continually on everything our senses take in. And we ruminate, too. The trick for us is to choose our ruminations wisely so that we don't reseed the negativity that thrives in our world like an invasive species.

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Sister Linda Romey presents at the Colloquium in Atchison, KS

Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding Colloquium

July 18, 2022

More than a dozen Erie Benedictine sisters and several oblates participated in Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding, a two-day colloquium that took place at Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, the end of June. Sister Linda Romey was a co-planner of the event which was the culmination of a nearly five-year awareness-raising process designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Federation of St. Scholastica, the 17-member grouping of monasteries to which Mount St. Benedict Monastery belongs.

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Our goat collaborators begin their work at Glinodo.

The goats have arrived

July 17, 2022

Our temporary collaborators, a herd of goats, their goatherd, and their bus-barn arrived and staked out their first work area. As you can see, they wasted no time digging into their task of clearing the woods on the Glinodo grounds of inasive species. Over the next month, we'll introduce you to the goats and their goatherd as well as share more about why we made this choice and why as Benedictines it is important that we not only care for the land but do it in loving ways. Learn more about Let's Goat Buffalo here.

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From St Benedict Education Center to the Art House--succeeding one step at a time

From St Benedict Education Center to the Art House--succeeding one step at a time

July 15, 2022

Andre Carson, pictured here wearing the 2022 "Art and Sole" Inner-City Neighborhood Art House 5K run shirt, describes his movement from attending programs at Saint Benedict Education Center (SBEC) to working at the Art House as succeeding “one step at a time.” Andre began working in maintenance at the Neighborhood Art House in June, 2019. He is featured on the SBEC website.

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Sister Jacqueline clears invasive species from monastery grounds

The goats are coming!

July 14, 2022

Sister Jacqueline Sanchez-Small, (pictured here) who spent much of her novitiate (when the monastery was also under covid lock-down) in the woods clearing out multiflora rose vines and who is also a member of the community's Care for the Earth committee, began researching ways to save the forest without doing additional damage. Pesticides or heavy machinery were not the answer. While she could probably have recruited others to help her remove the plants, it is slow, heavy, and challenging work. But not if you're a goat....Thus, the Let's Goat Buffalo bus/barn plus goats and goatherd will arrive on Sunday, July 17....

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1000 Peace Cranes made at Art House on display

1000 Peace Cranes made at Art House on display

July 14, 2022

Sister Jen Frazer, the "intrepid reporter" for the Inner-city Neighborhood Art House, reports that she was recently at Blasco Library in Erie and found the 1,000 Peace Cranes that were folded by Art House students and friends earlier this year. [Related story here]. She says about the project, "It was a prayer for peace in Ukraine and in our own community - the whole world in the end. The end goal was always to have them somewhere for all to see and join to them their own prayers and wishes. And now, in the Peninsula Room at the Blasco Library, overlooking what was today a deep, deep blue bay, (for those of you not in Erie, our library sits on the shores of Lake Erie overlooking the bay) they are waiting for you."

Michelle Basista and Sister Stephanie Schmidt draw winners.

Winners of 2022 Annual Draw

July 13, 2022

Congratulations to the six winners in the 2022 Benedictine Sisters Annual Draw. Sister Stephanie Schmidt, prioress (right) mixes the tickets before pulling the winners on Sunday, July 10. Development Associate Michelle Basista assists her. The campaign, "Play It Cool in 2022," raised funds for the Benedictine community to help support their ministries in Erie, their hospitality at the monastery, and care for the sisters who are no longer in active ministry. Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the winners. If you'd like to make a donation now, click here.

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Reflections on the Feast of Benedict: Prioress Stephanie Schmidt

Reflections on the Feast of Benedict: Prioress Stephanie Schmidt

July 12, 2022

Sister Stephanie Schmidt, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, offers reflections during the community's celebration of the Feast of Benedict. The gospel reading for the Liturgy of the Hours on the feastday was Matthew 13:1-3 and provided the ground for Sister Stephanie's reflections. Listen here.

Sisters Linda Romey, Stephanie Schmidt, Anne Wambach, and Kath Horan

Federation of St Scholastica Chapter

July 7, 2022

Sisters Linda Romey, Stephanie Schmidt, Anne Wambach, and Kath Horan represented the Benedictine Sisters of Erie as delegates to the Federation of St. Scholastic General Chapter held at Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, in June. One of the outcomes of this Chapter was the renaming of the Federation to Monastic Congregation of St. Scholastica. After studying research and documentation, the delegates agreed that the name change would more accurately reflect Benedictine women's monastic identity. 

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the 2022 SBA Alumnae Association Summer Luncheon

2022 SBA Alumnae Association Summer Luncheon

July 6, 2022

Make your reservation for the 2022 Saint Benedict Academy Alumnae Association Summer Luncheon on August 21, 2022!

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Amanda Bolaños, Joan Chittister writer-in-residence

Amanda Bolaños, Joan Chittister writer-in-residence

July 5, 2022

Benetvision has welcomed Amanda Bolaños, the first of the 2022 Joan Chittister Writers-in-Residence, who has arrived for her month-long residence at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. Amanda is a doctoral candidate at Duke Divinity School who recently completed a Masters of Theological Studies degree. During her time as a writer-in-residence, Amanda will be working on a project about Dorothy Day and feminism, which she hopes to develop into part of her dissertation. The Joan Chittister Writer-in-Residence program funds a month of dedicated writing time on issues relevant to Sister Joan’s body of work. To stay current on Joan Chittister's writing and speaking as well as opportunities such as writer-in-residence, subscribe to the Vision and Viewpoint newsletter.

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Book sale at Benetvision

Book sale at Benetvision

July 1, 2022

Erie Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister’s newest books including Awakenings: Prophetic Reflections, and The Monastic Heart: 50 Simple Practices for a Contemplative and Fulfilling Life, as well as classics like In God’s Holy Light: Wisdom from the Desert Monastics, are on sale now at Benetvision. All titles are available at a discount while supplies last. While you're shopping, consider offering a donation to the Joan Chittister Fund for Prisoners to help send spirituality materials to those in prison.

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The Mount Summer 2022

New issue of The Mount

June 30, 2022

Cover art "Love is hard work" by Corita Kent sets the tone for the Summer 2022 issue of The Mount. After an introduction to the theme by Prioress Stephanie Schmidt, an interview with Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski highlights a life given to love of teaching children and art. Abbot John Klassen of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN, is our guest columnist for this issue. Marathon runner Oblate Victor Rutkoski shares his story of going the distance--literally as a runner and also in his 52-year marriage to Nancy, also an oblate. Read a short biography of each of our five 2022 jubilarians. This is also our Annual Report issue, let us thank you again for your ongoing and generous support.

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Sisters Judith Sutera and Stephanie Schmidt

Annual Community Retreat with Abba Anthony

June 28, 2022

Sister Judith Sutera, left, led this year's annual retreat at Mount St. Benedict Monastery--the first in-person retreat in three years. Sister Judy's topic was, "Through the Desert with Abba Anthony" and she pulled from her extensive knowledge of monastic history and spirituality as she connected the life of this 5th century desert hermit to the journey of the sisters and oblates gathered for the week of retreat. She began the week by introducing Abba Anthony, the first hermit. "I came to appreciate his story as the seed of our understanding of monastic spirituality," she said. "He is the archetype for monastics."

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Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister speaks at a forum hosted by the Australian church reform group Catalyst for Renewal in Sydney on May 31. (Photo credit: Catalyst for Renewal/Darcie Collington)

Hope from Joan Chittister

June 20, 2022

"It's time for prophetic voices everywhere to get into the conversation, study the issues, stay with the problem, to speak out. The question now is whether there'll be prophets enough among you, here, in this group, in this generation to help the world and the church sort and sift ideas that others want to suppress. Prophets of real faith must go on raising their cries!" Challenging words from Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister to an audience of Catholic activists in Sydney. The "troublesome" American nun is in Australia for a major speaking tour at a crucial time for the Catholic Church in this country. I spoke to her in Sydney a few days before her talk here and asked if she sees herself as a troublemaker. READ NCR STORY>>>

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Bishop Tom Gumbleton and Sister Mary Lou Kownacki in the foreground.

Sister Mary Lou Kownacki honored

June 17, 2022

Sister Mary Lou Kownacki is serving this year as an honorary co-chair of the Pax Christi USA 50th Anniversary Committee with Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, retired Detroit auxiliary bishop. During the organization’s national assembly in Washington, DC, this August she will receive special recognition for her many years of dedicated leadership. This Pax Christi archive photo was taken May 5, 1987, at the Nevada Test Site where two bishops—Tom Gumbleton and Charles Buswell, and 96 others—including Sisters Mary Lou Kownacki and Anne McCarthy—crossed the line barring entrance to the nuclear test site on the fourth anniversary of The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response, the U.S. Bishops’ pastoral letter on war and peace. 

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2022 Benedictine Sisters of Erie Golf Tournament

2022 Benedictine Sisters of Erie Golf Tournament

June 15, 2022

Plans for the 2022 Benedictine Sisters of Erie Golf Tournament are in full swing! Our fourth annual golf fundraiser is Monday, August 15, at Lake Shore Country Club. It's our largest annual fundraising event. Funds raised help us to continue our good works, care for the most vulnerable in our city, and advocate for a more just world, as well as attend to the ongoing needs of the monastery. Please join us in raising funds to support the Benedictine Sisters of Erie’s mission and ministries. Opportunities to offer sponsorship support start at only $50 and, if you're a golfer, foursomes are $600--register soon as we are nearly sold out. 

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Benedictine Oblates Neil and Margie Himber, pictured here on the left and the right.

Indifference is not an option

June 6, 2022

“Indifference is not an option,” say Benedictine Oblates Neil and Margie Himber, pictured here on the left and the right. “Margie and I feel compelled as disciples of Jesus, and followers of the Rule of Benedict, to take responsibility for the quality of life in our local community, our church and the world at large,” explains Neil. “In his 2016 World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis challenged us to overcome indifference to win peace. He states, ‘indifference shows itself in lack of concern for what is happening around us, especially if it does not touch us directly. Some people prefer not to ask questions or seek answers; they lead lives of comfort, deaf to the cry of those who suffer.’ So, we feel we must get involved and work for the common good.”

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