Global Sisters Report posts article by Sister Linda Romey

June 16, 2020

Global Sisters Report (GSR) is an online reporting project dedicated to telling the stories of women religious around the world. Sister Linda Romey recently posted: "History where women's achievements are the norm, not the exception."

"Drive-Thru" Congratulations from the Benedictine Sisters

June 16, 2020

Special congratulations to Lauren Belmonte, 2020 graduate of Villa Maria Academy and friend of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. Click on the photo to view a re-cap of the "Drive-Thru" Congratulations!

In Memoriam: Sister Anne McGreevy, OSB

June 15, 2020

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Anne McGreevy who entered into eternal rest on June 13, 2020.

"At home" with volunteers

June 9, 2020

What has life been like for the volunteers of the SBEC store, Treasures & Such, during these weeks of “staying home” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Most striking about their responses is their deep awareness of and concern for others.

Chapter 57 makeover complete

June 8, 2020

Click on the photo to enjoy a sneak peek of newly remodeled Chapter 57. "The community’s fine art gift shop has been transformed," said Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, store manager.

In Memoriam: Sister Carol Ann McLaughlin, OSB

June 5, 2020

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Carol Ann McLaughlin who entered into eternal rest on June 4, 2020.

Another Season Sprouts at Emmaus Grove

June 4, 2020

Although a later start than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, planting is now underway at Emmaus Grove. As long as the rabbits keep a social distance from the garden, the Grove will have an abundant harvest.

Sister Anne Wambach receives the Serra Club Outstanding Sister of the Year Award

June 3, 2020

Sister Anne Wambach was named 2020 Outstanding Sister of the Year by the Erie Serra Club, an international Catholic lay organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Lamenting the reality of now

June 1, 2020

We uphold George Floyd and his family in prayer; together with them and the thousands of people who have raised their hearts and voices in nonviolent protest, we grieve the racial injustice that once again has wrought such anguish.

June 1: National Day of Mourning

June 1, 2020

This invitation to pray for the dead, as well as their families and their friends, unites all faith traditions and transcends politics. It is likewise an opportunity to pray for healing and hope for our nation and our world.

Come, Spirit, Come

May 30, 2020

The Easter Season comes to an end. The Church celebrates Pentecost and honors the coming of the Spirit. Pentecost immerses us into the implications of what it means to be Christian.

National Day of Lament to follow Pentecost

May 29, 2020

Religious communities across faiths are acting with unprecedented unity to grieve and honor the 100,000 persons in the United States who have died from COVID-19 and to pray as one for the healing of our nation.

May Silent Peace Walk on the Monastery Grounds

May 28, 2020

Due to COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions, the Silent Peace Walk, sponsored by Benedictines for Peace (BFP) and held monthly since August, 2017, took on new form at the monastery.

Emmaus Ministries Receives CROP Walk Grant

May 28, 2020

The CROP Hunger Walk continued its gospel outreach to feed the hungry by presenting local food organizations, including Emmaus Ministries, with grants from last year’s annual fundraising walk.

Parenting Class at SBEC

May 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the lives of everyone, Dr. Legin-Bucell and the staff at SBEC believe they have provided the Parenting Class students with some tools and new skills from ACT (Adult and Children Together Program).

An end and a beginning

May 26, 2020

The fifth anniversary of Laudato Si' was celebrated at the monastery on May 24. The community gathered for a service of prayer and action. It was sponsored by Benedictines for Peace and prepared by Sister Anne McCarthy and Postulant Colleen Leathley.

Memorial Day: Seek Peace and Pursue It

May 24, 2020

Each year on Memorial Day we pause to remember those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy. In our prayer for peace we honor service members who passed away in the line of duty.

Guitar Band Debut

May 19, 2020

Newly formed OSB Guitar Band joins Sister Marilyn Schauble in providing Monday night dinner music.

Many hands make light work

May 19, 2020

Mask-making at the monastery: “When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." (Mattie Stepanek) Many hands really do make light work.

Laudato Si' celebrates five years

May 18, 2020

Catholics everywhere are uniting to celebrate the five year anniversary of Laudato Si’, the encyclical that teaches us that everything is connected.

SBEC: Remember the children

May 8, 2020

In the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) asks the question: What about the children? How is sustained confinement affecting them? Is there help for parents?

In Memoriam: Sister Kathryn Disbrow, OSB

May 8, 2020

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Kathryn Disbrow who entered into eternal rest on May 7, 2020.

Global Sisters Report posts article by Postulant Jacqueline Small

May 7, 2020

GSR has posted: Love, loss, communal life in an intergenerational community by Postulant Jacqueline Small. In this article she shares her reflections on intergenerational living from the perspective of a 27 year old.

Postulant Jen becomes a Novice

May 4, 2020

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie received Postulant Jennifer Frazer into the novitiate, the second stage of monastic formation, at Evening Praise on May 2. We wish Novice Jen many blessings as she continues to seek God with us in community.

Mask-Making at the Monastery benefits Emmaus Ministries

May 1, 2020

Even with stay-at-home orders in place due to the pandemic, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie are trying to find creative ways to stay connected to the poor of the city.

Art in the making

April 29, 2020

Quiet, focused attention was apparent as sisters engaged in a clay painting experience; they were in the moment and creativity was alive and active.

Something special to share

April 27, 2020

From our Canisius friends: “Since we aren't able to visit for the foreseeable future, we thought it would be a good idea to make a video, updating you on how each of us is doing and voicing our gratitude and prayers for all of the sisters.”

Interactive Prayer Experience

April 24, 2020

Movement prayer, gesture and musical chants worked together to create an interactive and reflective prayer experience in which the community was invited to participate.

SBEC: What's happening in the counties?

April 23, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues SBEC takes a look at the areas in which they serve and asks: What’s happening in the counties? One case manager had an inspiring message for all: “Although many things have been canceled Spring and Hope have not.”

Earth Day 2020

April 22, 2020

"The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development…Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home."(Laudato Si)

Remembering an early Earth Day Celebration

April 21, 2020

Sisters Marian Wehler, OSB and Tina Geiger, RSM, of Catholic Rural Ministry in the Oil City Deanery, led a successful family retreat as part of the Faith Formation Program at St. Mary’s Parish, Crown, PA. The theme: Caring for Our Common Home.

Friday Night Fun Down Under

April 20, 2020

Our most recent Friday Night Fun at the monastery was an exciting tour of New Zealand thanks to Postulant Colleen Leathley. While the traditional greeting “Kia ora!” is also a way of expressing appreciation, we add to it “Whakahirahira” –amazing!

A Romolo Easter Continues at Emmaus Soup Kitchen

April 17, 2020

An Erie treasure, Romolo’s candy shop and cafe has been donating chocolate and other sweets to the Emmaus soup kitchen for many years. Thank you, Tony Romolo, for your continued generosity, especially during the pandemic when businesses are struggling.

Design your own T-shirt

April 16, 2020

Success! A design your own T-shirt experience resulted in several sisters soon to sport new T-shirts with stenciled or original art work in an array of colors.

Generous Hearts reach out to Emmaus Ministries during Pandemic

April 15, 2020

“I honestly believe that Erie is a city filled to the brim with generous hearts and this present pandemic is more proof of that,” said Sister Mary Miller in response to receiving substantial donations from two local organizations.

Grieving in the Era of the Coronavirus

April 15, 2020

Sister Mary Ellen Plumb contributes to “Grieving in the Era of the Coronavirus,” an article authored by Liz Allen, former newspaper reporter, editor and editorial writer for the Erie Times-News, and appearing in the ERIE Reader.

Memories: Holy Week and Easter 2020 at Mount St. Benedict

April 14, 2020

Holy Week and Easter were different for everyone this year of 2020 including the Erie Benedictines. Blessed by community we were able to celebrate the special days of Holy Week and the Triduum in meaningful and memorable ways with one another.

Volunteers…a faithful and abiding presence at Emmaus Ministries

April 10, 2020

A deep sense of empathy for the suffering motivates Emmaus volunteers. So does living their faith, finding personal meaning, and mining the best of themselves in a time of crisis. In their words: “I’m here because I can be…and I promised I would be.”

Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace

April 10, 2020

The 40th Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace, an online experience provided by Benedictines for Peace, will be available on Good Friday, April 10 by clicking here.

Easter Arrives at Emmaus Soup Kitchen

April 9, 2020

Thanks to Rebecca Styn, owner of Room 33 at 11th and State, Emmaus guests will receive a special Easter treat. Rebecca provided approximately 200 Easter bags for guests, each of which she individually wrapped and wiped down.

SBEC: Everyone is in this together

April 8, 2020

The offices at SBEC continue to be closed to the public, but the work goes on. Clarion County case manager Diana Weaver has found a way to add some friends to her staff. Diana comments, “No worries about budgeting salaries, they are paid in kibble.”

Sister Anne McCarthy reviews new book for THE MERTON SEASONAL

April 7, 2020

Congratulations to Sister Anne McCathy on her review of Thomas Merton’s Encounter with Buddhism and Beyond: His Interreligious Dialogue, Inter-Monastic Exchanges, and Their Legacy By Jaechan Anselmo Park.

Quarantine Follies

April 6, 2020

Friday night fun at the monastery. Just click on the photo to get a view of our Quarantine Follies!

Passion Sunday at the Monastery

April 5, 2020

Passion Sunday calls us to reflection: Were we there when they crucified Jesus? Are we there when Jesus is crucified again and again in our world today?

May Date set for Postulant Jen's entrance into the Novitiate

April 4, 2020

On the day before Hosannas were set to ring out on Passion (Palm) Sunday, the Benedictines of Erie were sneaking in a resounding alleluia to affirm Postulant Jen Frazer’s request to move forward and enter the novitiate.

Postulant Jen teaches Still Life Art Class

April 1, 2020

Like everyone, the Erie Benedictines are making the best of the stay-at-home mandate. Who knew a Still Life drawing would be an enrichment opportunity and help a dream come true?

St. Benedict Education Center: Work continues....from home

March 31, 2020

“The offices may be closed but the operations continue at St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC),” said Nancy Sabol, Director.

Friends helping friends, businesses helping nonprofits

March 30, 2020

What happens when you mention to a friend that the monastery is running low on sanitizer that is on back order? Your friend has a friend and low and behold, a need is met—thanks to Mazza Vineyards and Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing.

No Place to Go

March 30, 2020

Sister Mary Miller of Emmaus Ministries was interviewed by Madeleine O’Neill of Erie Times News. Her remarks are captured in an article about local organizations and the help they are offering those most need in the midst of the current COVID-19 crisis.

Vocation Awareness in the FAITH Magazine

March 26, 2020

A story about our three postulants is included in the recent edition of FAITH magazine, a publication of the Diocese of Erie.

March 25: Day of Prayer

March 24, 2020

The Day of Prayer announced by Bishop Persico includes an invitation from Pope Francis for all Christian denominations to join together in offering the Prayer of Jesus (the Our Father) at 12 noon.

Global Sisters Report posts article by Sister Linda Romey

March 23, 2020

Global Sisters Report (GSR) is an online reporting project dedicated to telling the stories of women religious around the world. An article by Sister Linda Romey was recently posted: Sharing sandboxes for heart-training

March 22, 2020: Day of Worldwide Solidarity and Prayer

March 22, 2020

Let us take time today to pray for all people of the world, especially those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feast of Benedict: March 21, 2020

March 20, 2020

For Benedictine monastics the Rule of Benedict answers the question they constantly ask of themselves: How are we to live life with meaning, direction and purpose? That question takes on new significance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lenten Vigil for Immigration Justice VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

March 20, 2020

The weekly Friday Lenten Vigil for Immigration Justice is now available online.

Forty Cans for Lent benefits Emmaus Ministries

March 19, 2020

Holy Trinity Council #4123 has spearheaded this project since 2011 with Michael Marcin, the Grand Knight taking the lead. John Curtin said, “Emmaus does such a wonderful job serving its mission. We are grateful to help.”

Emmaus Ministries on COVID 19

March 17, 2020

Emmaus Ministries continues to extend support and concern.

St Patrick teaches us to lean into God

March 16, 2020

St. Patrick is a prime example of what Christopher Reeve said when his life changed so drastically through an unexpected suffering: Once you choose hope, anything is possible.

An Ides of March Sunday Supper

March 16, 2020

It was a delightful evening in every way—a community celebration of a simple meal that became a sacred occasion in the sharing of friendship, food, faith and fun—“family” at its best.

Monastery Closes to Visitors as of March 16

March 15, 2020

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, announces that the Monastery will be closed to visitors due to the current pandemic. This precaution will be reevaluated in three weeks time.

Join us in praying for vocations

March 14, 2020

As Catholic Sisters Week 2020 comes to an end, we invite you to join with us in praying for vocations.

Spring is in the Air

March 12, 2020

Spring is most certainly in the air at Emmaus Soup Kitchen where the tables are now graced with lovely daffodil arrangements.

SBCC Indoor Wheelchair Basketball celebrates First Anniversary

March 11, 2020

It was a great night when Indoor Wheelchair Basketball at St. Benedict Community Center celebrated its first anniversary.

Catholic Sisters honored by Erie's Mayor, County Executive and State Representatives

March 10, 2020

The Catholic Sisters of Erie were recognized with proclamations in honor of their service to the City of Erie and in celebration of Catholic Sisters Week, 2020.

School Students meet Catholic Sisters

March 9, 2020

“My own education from Catholic Sisters in the Erie Diocese has had a tremendous effect on me . . . I have been enriched by many religious women through the years," shares Sister Marian Wehler, OSB.

Catholic Sisters Week 2020

March 8, 2020

March 8 celebrates the beginning of Catholic Sisters Week. The theme: Communities of Spirit, Hearts for Ministry, will shine the spotlight on women religious. It is a week to celebrate Catholic Sisters.

Congratulations, Sister Phyllis Schleicher

March 4, 2020

Congratulations to Sister Phyllis Schleicher who was celebrated by the Mercy Center for Women as one of thirteen dynamic Women Making History in 2020.

Let's Celebrate the Kids Cafe

March 2, 2020

Sister Gus's Kids Cafe has been in existence in Erie for 20 years. Sister Valerie Luckey, OSB, Emmaus Ministries staff member, took the opportunity to interview the Kids Cafe staff.

The Season of Lent looms large

February 23, 2020

Lent begins. The annual 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The journey to Easter and the expectation of resurrection.

Lenten Vigils for Immigration Justice

February 19, 2020

Lenten Vigils for Immigration Justice will be held each Friday during Lent from 12:15 to 12:45 pm at Perry Square and State Street in down town Erie, beginning February 28.

Sister Phyllis Schleicher to receive "Women Making History" Award

February 19, 2020

Sister Phyllis Schleicher has been named by the Mercy Center for Women as one of this year’s "Women Making History." She is one of 13 Erie women being honored on Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 PM at a public celebration being held at Mercyhurst University.

Side by Side

February 14, 2020

Thank you to the Collegiate Academy Singing Group who serenaded the community with a lovely singing Valentine made possible through the kindness of Julia Jenkins.

Villa and Prep Committment to Emmaus Soup Kitchen

February 14, 2020

Valentine’s week is the perfect time to share love – and the National Honor Society students at Villa Maria and Cathedral Prep did just that with the guests of Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

Valentine's Day

February 13, 2020

How would it be, if just for today . . . ? Happy Valentine's Day!

Erie Benedictines name Dr. J. Michael Campbell 2020 Prophet of Peace

February 10, 2020

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie presented their annual Prophet of Peace Award to Dr. J. Michael Campbell for the extraordinary manner in which he has used his gifts for the good of creation.

The Feast of Scholastica

February 9, 2020

February 10 is the feast of Saint Scholastica. She is celebrated by Benedictine women’s religious communities around the world as a woman who could “do more because she loved more” (Gregory the Great).

Podcast with Sister Valerie Luckey

February 6, 2020

Sister Valerie Luckey was recently featured in the Federation of Saint Scholastica Centenniel podcast series. Click here to listen to Sister Val share her story.

Soup-er Bowl benefits Emmaus Ministries

February 6, 2020

About 30 employees at the main lab of Associated Clinical Laboratories on Peach Street prepared their own soup and desserts for a special Soup-er Bowl luncheon the Friday before the Super Bowl to benefit Emmaus Ministries.

SBEC: What's Happening? Why?

January 30, 2020

It’s January, time to recount past activities at St. Benedict Education Center. An anniversary is approaching: February 4, 2020 marks one year since a meeting was held to discuss ways to enhance the SBEC website.

Global Sisters Report posts article by Sister Susan Doubet

January 22, 2020

GSR has posted Reveille at 5:45 a.m. In this article Sister Susan Doubet shares her reflections on community prayer. Click here to read the article in full.

Nonviolence Article by Sister Anne McCarthy published in online journal

January 14, 2020

Sister Anne’s article is titled: “Nonviolence: Building Gospel-based Communities Addressing Situations of Violence.” In her words: “In this article, I will reflect on the Gospel basis for nonviolence and Catholic social teaching ... .

Canisius at the Mount—A wonderful gift!

January 12, 2020

Another successful Winter Break Service Trip--Canisius College at Mount St. Benedict Monastery!

TEAM EFFORT and a SPECIAL EVENT that promises to be a FUN TIME

January 10, 2020

Gannon women's basketball partners with Erie Catholic in the SERVE Game to address youth poverty in Erie--the perfect opportunity to work together to serve and care for impoverished youth.

Proceeds from Evergreen Branches benefit Emmaus Ministries

January 10, 2020

Local Christmas tree seller Jerry Gorniak had good luck this year – which also means that Emmaus Soup Kitchen had luck, too.

Upholding the Benedictine Charism of Peace

January 8, 2020

“The Benedictine Sisters of Erie strive to uphold the Benedictine charism of peace in any and all situations, especially in response to the escalating tensions with Iran,” said Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress.

Frigid Frolic benefits Emmaus Ministries

January 7, 2020

Lake Erie Cyclepaths gets the New Year off to a great start with an event that donates blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves for Emmaus Ministries.

A retreat on the Feast of Brigid of Kildare

January 7, 2020

Interested in a one day retreat on the feast of Brigid of Kildare? Register early to ensure a spot. Space is limited; Prepayment required to confirm registration.

In Memoriam: Sister Irene Warchol

January 6, 2020

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Irene Warchol who entered into eternal rest on January 5, 2020.

Blessing of the Monastery

January 5, 2020

The blessing of a home is an Epiphany custom and a tradition at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery.

Look who followed the star to Mount St. Benedict Monastery

January 5, 2020

What better day than Epiphany to extend welcome to students from Canisius College who traveled from Buffalo to spend their Winter Break at the Mount. The “star” that led them was the desire to engage in this special ministry and service endeavor.


January 5, 2020

Celebrate Epiphany! Celebrate the manifestation of Christ. Everything on earth is filled with Sacred Presence. Bow down and worship. Follow the Star. Touch hearts.

A New Year

December 31, 2019

This New Year provides us with the opportunity start anew. Let us do so with mindfulness and attention, with generosity and care, so that we may know peace within and be a presence of kindness and peace in any and all situations.

A Christmas Message

December 24, 2019

Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress, shares a Christmas message in the name of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

In Memoriam: Sister Dorothy Szczypinski, OSB

December 22, 2019

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Dorothy Szczypinski who entered into eternal rest on December 21, 2019.

In Memoriam: Sister Mary Bernard Lander, OSB

December 22, 2019

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Mary Bernard Lander who entered into eternal rest on December 21, 2019.

Advent: Week IV

December 21, 2019

Into the dimly lit chapel, in the midst of silence and an aura of hope, Sister Patricia Witulski, professed monastic, brought in the Lighted Candle to signal the beginning of the Fourth Week of Advent. Praise God! The Light is overcoming the darkness.

Deck the Halls!

December 21, 2019

Enjoy a few highlights from the community’s annual Tree Trim party. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Mount!

Greek Orthodox Church Members bring Christmas Gifts for the Soup Kitchen

December 20, 2019

Barb Esper and members of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church prepared 250 gift bags, each containing a blanket, gloves, socks, a hat, drink, snack, hand sanitizer, and Kleenex. They will be given to Emmaus Soup Kitchen guests for Christmas.

SBEC Transportation Program Removes Barriers

December 19, 2019

SBEC’s transportation assistance program, which began last December and is funded by a state innovation grant, focuses on transportation barriers that keep many participants from obtaining and keeping a job.

Children’s Winter Boot Donation for Emmaus Ministries

December 18, 2019

Last week, Emmaus Ministries received a donation of twenty pairs of new children's boots to be given out before the snow begins to accumulate.

Can you hear the angels sing?

December 16, 2019

If you attended one of the weekend performances of the NECC Christmas Concert then you did, indeed, hear the angels sing. A group of 30 women under the direction of Nancy Bowers provided a delightful concert of sacred and secular music.

Something smells good!

December 15, 2019

Pizzelles are a favorite Christmas cookie here in the monastery and you know Christmas is near when the house begins to fill with the aroma of anise and vanilla!

Advent: Week III

December 14, 2019

Into the dimly lit chapel, in the midst of silence and an aura of hope, Sister Kathleen McCarthy, Scholastic, brought in the Lighted Candle to signal the beginning of the Third Week of Advent. Rejoice! The Light continues to break through the darkness!

Emmaus benefits from Boetger Food Drive

December 12, 2019

Each quarter, the 25 employees of Boetger Retirement Services choose a charity to which to donate. This quarter, they chose Emmaus and donated boxes of canned foods, kitchen and school supplies, hygiene products, and financial support.

SBA Christmas Party 2019

December 10, 2019

“So many women helped to make this party memorable,” said Ann Comstock, SBA Alum Director. “Nothing compares with their commitment and I know I am not alone in saying how grateful we are for their dedication and hard work. They did a wonderful job.”

Coat Drive and Giveaway at Emmaus

December 9, 2019

Sometimes little suggestions become great ideas that influence the way people experience an event, such as the suggestion at the annual Emmaus Coat Drive that volunteers become “personal shopping assistants” for the guests.

Advent: Week II

December 7, 2019

The Light continues to break through the darkness, slowly but surely. Come, Christ Jesus . . . Come and be our Light!

NETWORK comes to CRM in Oil City, PA

December 6, 2019

Sisters Marian Wehler, OSB and Tina Geiger, RSM, co-directors of Catholic Rural Ministry (CRM), Oil City Deanery of the Diocese of Erie, recently hosted one of 18 "Rural Roundtable Listening Sessions" held across the nation.

December 12: Vigil for Immigrant Children

December 4, 2019

On Thursday, December 12, there will be a vigil for immigrant children at the Federal Building, State Street and South Park Row, 4:30 PM. Consider joining us so together we can pray for an end to the abuse and trauma of these children.

SBEC: Change is Growth

December 3, 2019

Treasures & Such continues to change and evolve as interested participants and volunteers work together to make it a worthwhile experience for everyone who enters.

DECEMBER 3: #iGiveCatholic Day

December 2, 2019

The Erie Benedictines have been invited to participate in the #iGiveCatholic giving day on #GivingTuesday. Click here to make a donation on December 3, from 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM CST.

Advent Begins

November 30, 2019

Into a dimly lit chapel, in the midst of silence and an aura of hope, Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress, brought in one single candle to signal the beginning of Advent. Light begins to break through the darkness, slowly but surely. Come, Christ Jesus . . .

Advent Vigils: All are welcome

November 29, 2019

Advent is the liturgical season that prepares for the Christmas celebration of Emmanuel, God-with-us. It is a season of familiar words and ideas meant to challenge our hearts to believe in hope.

A Thanksgiving Wish

November 27, 2019

We, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, will celebrate Thanksgiving with mindfulness and gratitude for our family, friends, benefactors, community—and the love that reaches out and touches us in so many ways.

Follow the Star with Tennessee Backporch

November 25, 2019

This is one Christmas program you don't want to miss. Follow the Star by Tennessee Backporch is being performed four different times at four different locations. Find the one that works for you!

Who doesn’t love a good party?

November 21, 2019

Last Sunday the community came together to be grateful for 50 years of living in this particular monastery building. The cornerstone reads 1969 and we came together to remember and to celebrate the courage and vision of the sisters who had a dream.

Renewed Hope for Ministry

November 14, 2019

Statistics indicate that many people who “leave” the church are looking for community and a religion with porous fences that allows the freedom needed to search and grow in spiritual maturity.

#iGiveCatholic Day Tuesday December 3, 2019

November 14, 2019

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie have been invited to participate in the #iGiveCatholic giving day. Click here to make a donation in advance between November 18 and December 2

What a pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon

November 11, 2019

The Young People’s Chorus (YPC) of Erie and the Choirs of Penn State Behrend performed a Fall Concert under the direction of Dr. Gabrielle Dietrich in the monastery chapel.

A Prayer for Veterans Day

November 11, 2019

Expressing gratitude is an important part of Veterans Day and throughout our nation gratitude will be expressed with parades, ceremonies and gatherings. Veterans Day is also about upholding our veterans in prayer . . .

ServErie at Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

November 8, 2019

Emmaus Ministries welcomed eight students, along with their ServErie site leader Jared. The Mercyhurst students were matched with Emmaus and you should see what they accomplished.

A Ministry of Presence

November 4, 2019

The Fall 2019 issue of Sharing the Good News, a publication of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie features a story on Catholic Rural Ministry. Three Erie Benedictines are presently engaged in this ministry.

Nuns have fun, too!

November 1, 2019

Fond memories of trick or treating keep Halloween alive for many of us. In fact, memories are often the reason why we work to keep the tradition going .. what better way to do it than with a party?

Live stream Sister Joan Chittister conversation Saturday November 2

November 1, 2019

Live stream to hear Sister Joan Chittister and Dr. Mary McAleese THIS SATURDAY, November 2, live in conversation at Dublin's Trinity College. Live stream this event in your own part of the world.

Little Caesar's Love Kitchen visits Emmaus Soup Kitchen

October 30, 2019

The Little Caeser's Love Kitchen visited Emmaus Soup Kitchen and served up fresh baked pizzas to 200 guests.

Annual Oblate Commitment Ceremony

October 26, 2019

The annual Oblate Commitment Ceremony was celebrated at Mount St. Benedict Monastery on Saturday, October 26. More than 100 of the 250 oblates were present for the commitment ceremony that took place at Evening Prayer.

Community of Life and Hope 2019

October 22, 2019

Throughout the month of November we celebrate and commemorate the saints in our own lives, both living and dead. We invite you to be part of Community of Life & Hope 2019 by submitting the names of those you wish to be remembered.

SBEC is looking for a SEAMSTRESS

October 18, 2019

Saint Benedict Education Center (SBEC) -Erie - is looking for a seamstress to work at THE MENDING PLACE. The position is for 10 to 30 hours/week, $12.00 -$12.35/hr. APPLY NOW!

KFC makes a visit to Emmaus Soup Kitchen

October 18, 2019

The guests at Emmaus Soup Kitchen received a wonderful surprise when KFC came to visit with meals for everyone.

Annual Appreciation Dinner: Thank you to the Fairfield Hose Company

October 17, 2019

The Erie Benedictines know they are in good hands with the Fairfield Hose Company whose volunteer firefighters and EMT services have been serving the neighborhood since 1945.

Erie Insurance Charity Challenge Golf Tournament benefits Emmaus Ministries

October 17, 2019

For the third year in a row, the “Maple Donuts” golf team competed in the Erie Insurance Charity Challenge Golf Tournament and won $3,740 for Emmaus Ministries.

SBEC "Slumber Party"

October 16, 2019

If you planned to attend the regularly scheduled Tuesday afternoon Social Service Speaker program at SBEC a couple weeks ago you might have been surprised to pass someone in Winnie the Pooh pajamas who accompanied you to a “Slumber Party”, instead.

AIM USA Board Goes the Distance

October 10, 2019

Exciting new frontiers were forged at the annual meeting of the AIM USA Board of Trustees held on October 9 at Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Erie.

A staff member and a volunteer give a new twist to their Emmaus ministries presentation

October 10, 2019

For the past few academic semesters, Emmaus staff member Breanna Mekuly and weekly volunteer Cindy Liotta,gave presentations to religion classes at Mercyhurst University on the topic of “Food Insecurity.” This year they gave the presentation a new twist.

Archivists meet at Mount St. Benedict during Archives Month

October 10, 2019

Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious from Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania (OH-PENN) recently met for their autumn meeting at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery.

The Perfect October Day

October 8, 2019

Eighth grade students from All Saints of St. John Vianney School, Wickliffe, OH, enjoyed their annual visit to the Mount on a perfectly beautiful October day.

Come to the Woods set to open

October 7, 2019

A special art exhibit will open at Mount St. benedict Monastery on Sunday, October 13, at 10:30 am.

Joan Chittister, OSB, Honored by Communicators for Women Religious

October 2, 2019

Sister Joan Chittister was presented with the Inaugural AIM (Advancing Image and Mission) Award at the 25th Anniversary Communicators for Women Religious Conference. She also delivered the conference keynote address.

SBEC Volunteer in Bloom

October 1, 2019

For seven years Sue McCreary has taken time from her garden work at home to volunteer at Treasures & Such, a store for participants at St. Benedict Education Center.

Helping Hands create a successful experience of Benedictine Values

September 27, 2019

Staff, volunteers and board members of our Benedictine ministries came to the monastery to attend an information session about the Benedictine way of life and the Benedictine values that underlie the community’s works.

Katlyn Ward completes Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience

September 25, 2019

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie offered a prayer of blessing for Katlyn Ward upon the completion of her Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience. Her faithfulness to a 5 month commitment to live and work with the Erie Benedictines was well noted.

Oblate travels to El Paso to volunteer at refugee center

September 25, 2019

Oblate Beth Jordan recently volunteered at a refugee center in El Paso, TX where she arrived carrying supplies donated by other oblates and Emmaus Ministries.

Neighborhood Art House Students Participate in Youth Climate Strike Erie

September 24, 2019

As part of Youth Climate Strike Erie students from the Neighborhood Art House (NAH) shared their thoughts in a moving presentation.

Celebration of 70 years of Monastic Profession continues

September 23, 2019

All Parishioners from the cluster that includes Satin Raphael Parish and its missions, St. Mary and St. Theresa, were invited to celebrate Sister Mary Hoffman on the 70th anniversary of her Monastic Profession.

Annual Benetwood-Benedictine Dinner

September 20, 2019

Every fall the Erie Benedictines welcome their neighbors from Benetwood Apartments for what has become an annual event: Evening Prayer and a special dinner ─ a simple celebration of friendship, faith, food and fun.

Climate Strike Erie

September 18, 2019

Join us for Climate Strike Erie! On Friday, September 20th between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm at Perry Square, 601 State Street, Erie, PA. Whether you’re 7 or 77, you MUST join our movement for radical, immediate political action.

Colleen Leathley becomes a postulant

September 16, 2019

Colleen Leathley, a psychologist and academic with dual citizenship in New Zealand and Australia, began her postulancy on Monday evening, September 16.

Accomplishments, Learning and Success at SBEC

September 16, 2019

Marqueta, a participant at St Benedict Education Center (SBEC), is excited to share that she had completed an online program which certifies her as a Medical Office Assistant.

Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2019

As we remember the heartbreaking events of 9/11, a tragedy that changed the world forever, we humbly turn to God in whom we place our hope and trust and renew our prayer for peace and nonviolence.

School Supplies for Children in Need benefits children of Emmaus Ministries at Sister Gus' Kids Cafe

September 9, 2019

This year, school supplies were donated to the Kids Cafe by two groups: parishioners of the Church of the Cross, and employees at Parker Autoclave Engineers. A branch of Erie Insurance employees also contributed.

BFP joins hundreds of Catholics to protest ICE

September 5, 2019

Representatives of Benedictines for Peace participated in civil disobedience as part of the Catholic Action for Immigrant children held in Newark, NY on September 4.

Global Sisters Report posts article by Sister Linda Romey

September 5, 2019

Global Sisters Report posts recent article by Sister Linda Romey:“It’s traditions, not religious life.”

Helping the Environment

September 2, 2019

Consider attending Erie's Second Annual EV Car Show -- a great opportunity to explore many of the makes and models available on the market.

Labor Day Mindfulness: Ora et labora

September 1, 2019

As we celebrate Labor Day let us be thankful for the gift and opportunity of work ... May God bless the work that we do for the good of all.

Check out the upcoming Reuse Fest

August 29, 2019

Erie Benedictines’ CARE (Committee for Alternative Resource Energy) invites you to support a local effort to divert materials from local landfills to reuse and suggests checking out the upcoming Erie Reuse Fest.

Vigil for Immigrant Children

August 27, 2019

Join Benedictines for Peace as we gather on September 4 to renew and amplify our call for the Trump Administration to end the abuse and trauma of migrant children and stop separating families at the border and in the interior.

SBEC Participates in National Night Out

August 26, 2019

In Erie and across the country, National Night Out looks to increase public awareness about law enforcement, social services and safety programs.

Silent Peace Walk: Second Anniversary

August 22, 2019

On August 21, the 2nd anniversary of the SILENT PEACE WALK was celebrated with a picnic preceding the walk around the East side neighborhood that is home to a number of Benedictine ministries.

Taste of the Arts

August 21, 2019

The Taste of the Arts planning committee is "cooking up" a spectacular evening of fun and food for The Arts . . . Our Secret Ingredient.

Silent Peace Walk Second Anniversary

August 20, 2019

August is the Second Anniversary of monthly Silent Peace Walks as a response to the escalating tensions and divisiveness present in our country and our world.

Treasures & Such Benefits from Generosity of Local Church

August 15, 2019

We are grateful to the Our Lady of Peace 7:00 a.m. daily Mass group for their generosity to Treasures & Such and all the Erie organizations they have touched. They certainly are an example of the old saying, “From little things, large things grow!”

Thank you, thank you, thank you

August 14, 2019

With your interest and help we are able, as scripture says, "to do immeasurably more than we could imagine" (Ephesians 3:20).

Erie Gives Day

August 12, 2019

On Erie Gives Day, Tuesday, August 13, a percentage match of your donation will expand your contribution to support.

Faithfulness to the Monastic Way of Life

August 8, 2019

“Witnessing women who have lived the vowed life for 75, 70 and 60 years renew their vows is a very touching moment,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress . . .

Transfigure us, O God

August 6, 2019

Please join us in our quest for a less violent world by praying a mantra for peace. Doing so is one way that the radiance of God’s transforming presence can be reflected in today’s world.

Kids Cafe takes a Field Trip to Shoe Carnival and Splash Lagoon

August 5, 2019

Over 60 children from the Kids Cafe took their annual trip to Splash Lagoon in late July, stopping first at Shoe Carnival to get a new pair of shoes for school.

Say no to violence

August 4, 2019

We, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, are grief-stricken by the senseless loss of life and severe injury to the minds, hearts and spirits of the many who were affected by this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

Jubilee Highlights

August 3, 2019

Last week we shared a snapshot of jubilee day. This week we share the highlights of a day that remains vivid in our memories . . . Click on the arrow to view a slide show. Let the photos tell the story of a meaningful and memorable day . . .

Infirmary residents put on Art Show with the help of two VMA Students

July 30, 2019

“We really enjoyed trying new and creative crafts,” said Lauren and Rachel. “And getting to know the kind-hearted sisters was special. We have learned many things that we’ll carry through life. We will cherish the four summers we spent here.”

New Volunteer Group at Emmaus

July 30, 2019

". . . my friends and I have been looking for a place to do some service. When I met Sister Mary, it felt like God had brought us together at Tom’s funeral."

A Jubilee "snapshot"

July 28, 2019

A jubilee "snapshot" and reflections given by Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. It was a wonderful celebration beyond words to describe.

Jubilee Day

July 27, 2019

Today is Jubilee Day for four of our sisters. It promises to be a great celebration!

Reflections on 2019 Joan Chittister Institute

July 22, 2019

Pat McDonough, one of 26 women from across the country who attended the recent week-long Joan Chittister Institute for Contemporary Spirituality at Mount Saint Benedict monastery, shares her reflections.

GED Classes Can Improve Lives

July 18, 2019

Paul Groucutt listens to clients at St. Benedict Education Center and prepares to write about how GED classes improve lives and self-esteem.

Two Opportunities Available

July 17, 2019

Benedictines for Peace and the Sisters of St. Joseph are hosting events on Thursday, July 18, at 7:00 PM. Both are valuable opportunities. We hope you will be able to attend one of them.

Emmaus Ministries receives gift from Northwestern Pennsylvania Food Council Fund

July 16, 2019

The Northwestern Pennsylvania Food Council recently dissolved and shared $530,000 with local non-profits, including $30,000 with Emmaus Ministries.

Little Blog for Beginners by Jacqueline Small

July 12, 2019

Postulant Jacqueline Small shares some thoughts on her first month of postulancy and other reflections as well in her Little Blog for Beginners.

Prioress offers reflection on the feast of Benedict

July 12, 2019

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, reflects on the history of the organization of all Benedictine women in the world into what is now known as the CIB (Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum) -- the International Communion of Benedictine Women.

Benedict, the Man of God

July 11, 2019

Celebrating the Feast of Benedict by sharing a special drawing of this humble man of God created by Artist Jen Frazer, Postulant.

Celebrating the Feast of Benedict

July 10, 2019

This feast of Benedict, marked in the middle of summer and in the middle of the ordinary time of the liturgical year, becomes a source of inspiration and encouragement for all of us . . .

HECA Newsletter

July 10, 2019

Hold Erie Coke Accountable (HECA) has released a Special Newsletter now that the Erie Coke plant has been denied a new operating permit. Please read, share, and spread awareness.

Second Annual Erie Poor People's March

July 5, 2019

Residents of Erie County have planned to come together for the 2nd Annual Erie Poor People’s March.

Freedom for all

July 3, 2019

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” (Nelson Mandela)