Ways of Giving

How Your Gift to the Benedictine Sisters Makes a Difference

For more than 150 years the Benedictine Sisters of Erie have listened with the ear of our hearts to the needs of our region, our country, and our world. We have always relied on the financial generosity of others to help us address the needs of the Sisters and all those we serve.

Today, more than ever, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, with our Oblates and our co-workers, continue our Mission and vision for a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect, where all creation is seen as sacred.

Making a gift to the Benedictine Sisters of Erie is so important! Your financial help makes it possible for us to continue our Charism of:

• Community prayer and spirituality
• Ministry to the poor and disadvantaged
• Working for justice, especially for women and children
• World peace and disarmament
• Stewardship, sustainability and partnership with the Earth

We provide and care for

Benetwood
83 elders of low income and those with disabilities, who live in safe and comfortable apartments at Benetwood Apartments
St. Benedict Education Center
2,500 clients per year, including 300 refugees, who are taught the skills needed to transition from welfare to work at St. Benedict Education Center
St. Benedict Community Center
400 physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged persons, and at-risk youth who are provided with recreational and therapeutic facilities at St. Benedict Community Center
Neighborhood Art House
500 at-risk children who attend classes in the visual, performing and literary arts at Inner City Neighborhood Art House
St. Benedict Child Development Center
175 children from low income working families at our Day Care/ Preschool facility at St. Benedict Child Development Center

We provide and serve

350 meals per week to children at Sister Gus’ Kid’s Cafe

1,000 meals per week to those who visit Emmaus Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen

20,000 food bags per year

Hospitality and spirituality:

Through our various Retreats, Hermitages and Spirituality Programs
• Seasons of the Spirit
• Mid-Life Directions
• Listening Point – Hermitages and Guests Rooms
• Reflection Days for Women in Transition
• St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Association

Nourishment for the mind and the heart:

• Benetvision which publishes books, pamphlets and other resources on spirituality
• Chapter 57 that offers alternative gifts and artwork made by Sisters & Oblates
• Monasteries of the Heart Online and On-site Communities

Opportunities to join the Sisters in prayer and action:

• The Oblate Way of Life
• Benedictines for Peace
• Benedicta Riepp Program

Need help? Contact the Development Office

Jo Clarke, Oblate
Director of Development Programs and Outreach
814-899-0614 ext. 2281
Ann Comstock, Oblate
Database Administrator and St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Coordinator
814-899-0614 ext. 2573
Linda Romey, OSB
Coordinator of Communications and Development
814-899-0614 ext 2409

A Donor's Story

Where your money goes

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