Anne McCarthy

Sister Anne McCarthy to Participate in Panel

April 13, 2021

Erie Benedictine Sister Anne McCarthy, coordinator of Benedictines for Peace, will be one of four virtual panelists in "Faith and a Sustainable Economy for Middle America," sponsored by Evangelical Environmental Network and In Solidarity. The program will take place Thursday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. ET via Zoom and pre-registration is required. Click here to register. Panelists will discuss the intersection of faith and the obligation to care for creation.

Oblates continue to gather via Zoom

Oblates continue to gather via Zoom

April 12, 2021

Oblates gathered virtually on Palm Sunday for teaching and reflection facilitated by Rev. Judith A. Davis, PhD, a Benedictine oblate. Long a lover and student of the arts, Judith illustrated how how the Stations of the Cross have been depicted by artists over the years. Judith, who calls herself "an artist, birder, mom, musician, priest and general Renaissance woman", shared a variety of artwork from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. There was time for prayer, for small group discussion and for questions and answers. Oblates from across the country and as far away as Ireland were gifted with Judith’s knowledgeable, warm, and easy style.

Painting Mini Masterpieces at the Art House

April 12, 2021

It's hard work to paint a masterpiece on a 3”x3” canvas! Art House teachers and students took on a challenging mission, to paint miniature versions of famous artwork for the Hoyt Art Center’s Mini Masterpiece Competition. The Art House was on spring break this week and we spent Thursday, April 8th recreating paintings of our choice as part of an out-of-the-ordinary workshop offered to all teachers and students.
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Sister Susan pouring Paschal Candle

The Paschal Candle

April 9, 2021

Have you ever wondered about the three-foot-tall, white candle you sometimes see in the monastery chapel? Or in your parish church? It is called the Paschal Candle because, as Sister Mary Ellen Plumb explains, “it represents the ‘Pasch’ or light of Christ in the world.” During the Easter Vigil, on Holy Saturday night, a small fire is lit in a special stand that has been placed at one end of the darkened chapel. This “new fire” is blessed by the prioress and celebrant and then the Paschal Candle is lit for the first time. The single flame from the Paschal Candle is then shared throughout the chapel via tapers that each person is holding. “This ritual is powerful because the lighting of the Paschal candle claims our commitment to the belief that Christ is the Light of the World who empowers our own journey from darkness to light by faith. It is a symbol as well that we have a responsibility to be the light of Christ for others,” said Sister Mary Ellen.
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Sister Mary Bernadette Ladner, OSB

In Memoriam: Sister Mary Bernadette Ladner, OSB

April 6, 2021

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Mary Bernadette Ladner who entered into eternal rest on April 5, 2021.

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New eCourse offers millennial viewpoint

New eCourse offers millennial viewpoint

April 5, 2021

A new eCourse, "Lectio with Rule of Benedict: From the Foundations to the Future," offers the opportunity to "return to the roots of the Benedictine tradition with fresh eyes." Contributors include six millennials (two of whom are Erie Benedictines) committed to living Benedictine life inside and outside the monastery. Begins Monday, April 12.
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Sister Stephanie Schmidt

An Easter Message from the Prioress

April 4, 2021

“Even the bleakest life sustains the consciousness that somewhere, somehow there is going to be a resurrection, a rebirth of joy, a beauty that will never fade.”

Once a year we sing this antiphon at Tenebrae (morning prayer) on Good Friday and this simple, haunting chant is one of my favorite parts of Holy Week. It stays with me throughout the year resurfacing when I most need its message. This past year it has come to mind frequently. After this long year of pandemic and political, social, and racial divisions, we are more than ready for resurrection.
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Good Friday Peace Pilgrimage Video

Good Friday Peace Pilgrimage Video

April 1, 2021

Please join us on our Good Friday Peace Pilgrimage with this virtual walk. View the video. Download a worship aid for Good Friday Peace Pilgrimage.

Art at Launderie Room

Neighborhood Art House Display at the Launderie Room

March 29, 2021

The Inner-City Neighborhood Art house is partnering with Erie’s stylish new laundromat, the Launderie Room, to share framed artwork by Art House students with the community. The display features work by current and former students that will be used as first prizes at the next Art & Sole 5K. Twenty-one works ranging from photography to chalk pastels, acrylic painting, and mixed media drawings can be seen at the Launderie Room's 2810 State Street location.
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Vigil of the Sixth Sunday of Lent, Palm Sunday

Vigil of the Sixth Sunday of Lent, Palm Sunday

March 28, 2021

As we begin Holy Week, we listened to Mark 11:1-10 at the Vigil of the Sixth Sunday Lent, the story of Jesus' journey into Jerusalem as crowds waved palm branches and shouted "Hosanna." In her reflections, Sister Phyllis Schleicher reminded us that Jesus also asks us, "Will you be my disciple?"

Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace

Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace

March 27, 2021

The Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace, sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, will be offered as an online experience available Good Friday, April 2, on the Benedictines for Peace webpage. The Stations of the Cross for this year’s Good Friday Pilgrimage focus on racism and the many ways that racism intersects with other issues of injustice. The shooting in Atlanta of six Asian women and two others is a recent example of the intersections of racism, sexism and violence.
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Navigating Uncharted Waters

Navigating Uncharted Waters

March 26, 2021

Erie Benedictine Sister Linda Romey is one of four Benedictines who contributed to the 2021 Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) reflection booklet, Navigating Uncharted Waters. A total of 40 LCWR members explored in their short reflections what it means to be in uncharted waters. Sister Linda offers a reflection on the false landmarks in language and ends with this blessing, "May our shining new landmark be language that is equitable, inclusive, honest and fearless."

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SBA Alumnae Bingo

SBA Alumnae Bingo Coming Back Strong

March 24, 2021

After a brief pandemic hiatus, the monthly SBA Cash Bingo is back at the Polish Falcons Club and has proven to be tons of fun with proper precautions in place. Players are required to wear masks when moving about and not seated in socially distanced seating. "Sixty-five came to play. We sell tickets ahead of time to be sure we do not have to turn people away at the door. In addition to having fun, everyone was careful to keep the proper distance so we'd all be safe," said Darlene Kerstetter, '82, SBA Board President.

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Fifth Week of Lent

Fifth Week of Lent

March 21, 2021

Sister Judith Trambley offered reflections at the Vigil of the Fifth Week of Lent. We prayed Psalm 24 visually with a slide show prepared by Sister Colleen Leathley. You can view it here. There is no audio, it is a silent reflection on the words and images.

All guests are to be welcomed as Christ.

Saddened by Vatican ban on blessing of gay unions

March 20, 2021

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie are saddened by the recent Vatican ban on the blessing of gay unions. While we don't presume to know God's plan, we do know that we will continue to welcome and bless all guests who come to our monastery.

Novena of St Benedict

Novena of St Benedict

March 20, 2021

Join us as we pray the Novena of St. Benedict in anticipation of the Solemnity of Benedict on March 21.

Day Nine: Ever-creating God, we witness your love in the expression of Benedictine life. As we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Benedict, may we be ever-mindful of Benedictine influence in past ages, and may our continued commitment give hope to oppressed peoples who seek peace and justice. We pray in praise of your holy name and with the Spirit now and forever. Amen.

To Become What I Believe by Val Luckey, OSB

To Become What I Believe

March 18, 2021

Sister Val Luckey recently contributed to A Nun's Life "Nun Talk" blog. She begins her Lenten reflection, "Do I grasp the Paschal Mystery? Of course not. Do I believe in it? You bet I do."

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Halfway through Lent Reflections

Halfway through Lent Reflections

March 17, 2021

"When I was growing up my mother would often tell me that “charity begins at home,” usually in frustration, complaining that I was so busy saving the world, tutoring inner-city children, volunteering or involved in school activities that I never was home long enough to help with household chores," writes Sister Stephanie as she begins her Lenten Reconciliation Reflection.

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