Benedictines for Peace

Condemning degrading speech

December 2, 2020

In a letter to the editor in the Dec 2 edition of the Erie Times News, Benedictines for Peace models for all of us our responsibility to call our elected leaders to accountability. A male member of the Erie City Council used language to degrade a female colleague and BFP joined others in holding him to accountability. "It's the way we talk to the other that determines how much peace we ourselves bring," writes Joan Chittister.
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Sister Carolyn's 100th podcast

Sister Carolyn's 100th podcast

December 2, 2020

Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski has posted her 100th podcast. This milestone episode is titled "Blessings" and includes a cameo with prioress Stephanie Schmidt. All Sister Carolyn's podcasts can be accessed here or on iTunes.

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Sister Katherine Horan

PNC awards Erie Benedictines $12,500 grant

December 1, 2020

The Benedictine Sisters are grateful for a PNC Charitable Sponsorship that will allow the community to "enrich the spirit during pandemic isolation" by facilitating online programming. "We were thrilled when Vickie Lampe, PNC's Vice President, Client and Community Relations Director, reached out to us about the possibility of receiving this grant," said Sister Diane Rabe, subprioress.
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Federation of St Scholastica Centennial Celebration

Advent reflections from Sister Susan Doubet

November 29, 2020

Sister Susan Doubet will offer weekly reflections during the Advent and Christmas seasons on the Federation of St. Scholastica Centennial page. The Erie Benedictines belong to the Federation, preparing to celebrate its centennial in 2022 with the theme, "Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding." Click below to access the page and Sister Susan's reflection.

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Monastics around the world survive COVID-19

November 29, 2020

The newest newsletter of the Alliance for International Monasticism, U.S. Secretariat (AIM USA) features reflections on the effects of the pandemic on monasteries in nearly a dozen countries around the world. In addition to restrictions on personal contact that limits guests and pastoral service, many have lost sources of income. Erie Benedictine Sister Ann Hoffman is Executive Director AIM-USA.

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Prioress Stephanie Schmidt blesses the Advent wreath

First Week of Advent

November 28, 2020

Prioress Stephanie Schmidt blesses the Advent wreath in a darkened chapel. This year's wreath is a spiral design created by Benedictine novice Sister Jen Frazer. The spiral is one of the most ancient symbols in nature, and this year it will symbolize our Advent journey as we seek hope, love, joy and peace. Sister Janet Goetz offered reflections on Sunday's gospel, Mark 13: 33–37.

Four women martyrs of El Salvador

Roses in December Online Holy Hour

November 28, 2020

December 2, 2020, marks the 40th anniversary of the deaths of four American churchwomen murdered in El Salvador: Dorothy Kazel, OSU, Maura Clarke, MM, Ita Ford, MM and Jean Donovan. Benedictines for Peace will gather for an online Holy Hour on Zoom Wednesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. EST in remembrance of the four churchwomen, the Roses in December martyrs.

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Words into Flesh: Monastery Scribes IV eRetreat

Words into Flesh: Monastery Scribes IV eRetreat

November 27, 2020

Starts Monday, Nov 30: The news IS extraordinary: “Emmanuel, God with us, is coming.” But how can we prepare for Christmas, for this miraculous moment that marks the birthing of God into each member of the human race? “I think poetry, music and art are the truest companions for our Advent journey of wonder and hope,” said Mary Lou Kownacki, who will facilitate this eRetreat.

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Thanksgiving Blessings from the Benedictine Sisters of Erie

A Thanksgiving Message from Sister Stephanie

November 26, 2020

For many of us our Thanksgiving tables will be smaller this year as we gather with only those who live in our household. For the sisters that means we’ll be missing oblates, friends and family who would normally be with us if the monastery weren’t closed to guests.

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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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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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