The Transformative Power of the Cross

The cross is a symbol of Christian faith, hope and love. Lent is an invitation to reflect on the meaning of the cross in the Christian life. May this Lenten Meditation be an opportunity for you to encounter the extraordinary love of God made visible in Jesus Christ who embraced the cross for us.

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Linda Lyons King, Executive Director of SafeNet, Receives Prophet of Peace Award
February 12, 2016

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie presented their 2016 Prophet of Peace Award to Linda Lyons King for her extraordinary work as Executive Director of SafeNet, Erie’s only domestic abuse agency. “Her work is indeed a pursuit of justice and peace that is rooted in reverence and respect for the dignity of all,” said Sister Anne McCarthy, member of the nominating committee.

The award was given at a special Evening Prayer held at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on February 11, with a reception following. “I am humbled to receive...

Lent: A time to celebrate and experience God’s mercy
February 9, 2016

Lent begins. The annual 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, marked by Christians before the celebration of Easter, is upon us.

“If you were to enter the monastery chapel you would know it is the season of Lent,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “The cross stands strong and central as a visible reminder; the color purple, recognized as the color of people seeking spiritual fulfillment, invites contemplation. For the monastic Lent is a time to contemplate change—a time for transformation that results from conversion.”

Pope Francis, in his annual Lenten message...

Box Village for Emmaus
February 9, 2016

“I did not realize just how cold it could get being outside all night long.”

“When I went into my shelter box for the night I was surprised at how lonely I was.”

These comments came from two high school students who along with 100 students and parent volunteers from Cathedral Prep, Erie, PA, participated in Box Village, a national movement that raises awareness of hunger and homelessness. The students raised almost $6,000 for Emmaus Ministries by camping out on school grounds from 6 p.m. Saturday to noon...

Pope Francis: Human Trafficking must end
February 8, 2016

The International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking was instituted by Pope Francis in 2015. It is held on the Feast Day of Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery. She later became a Canossian nun and was declared a Saint in 2000.

Pope Francis continues to denounce trafficking as a reprehensible crime against humanity; he encourages those working to end the trafficking of enslaved, tortured and...

Tree Fundraiser
February 5, 2016

“I look forward to Jerry stopping by after the holidays with the monies he has collected. He delivers it in a simple brown paper bag,” remarked Emmaus Staff member Margaret Kloecker. “Inside the brown paper bag this year's dollar bills and coins totaled $329.74.”

That’s what Jerry received in donations from customers who wanted tree trimmings at his holiday tree stand on Buffalo Road in Harborcreek, PA over the Christmas season. For over 20 years Jerry has let customers take any tree trimmings they want as long as they put a few dollars in the brown bag.

Photo: Margaret...

Skaters donate show proceeds to Emmaus
February 2, 2016

The Westminster Figure Skating Club of Erie hosted "An Evergreen Holiday" skating exhibition at the Mercyhurst University Ice Center in December. The club donated a portion of the proceeds raised to the Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Presenting the donation check to Margaret Kloecker, Emmaus Ministries staff, are back row, from left, members Joseph Fornier, Brooke Schneider, Madelyn Bohrer, Molly Bohrer and Meghan Gaerttner; Margaret Kloecker; and members Taylor Sedney, Vanessa Nolan, McKenna Markley and Caroleen Rosenberg....

Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of God
January 31, 2016

The annual Ecumenical Worship Service sponsored by Inter-Church Ministries (ICM) of Erie County was held at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. Participants from various Christian traditions gathered to sing and pray for Christian Unity by celebrating the theme: “Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of God.” (1 Peter 2: 9)

Benedictine Sister Mary Ellen Plumb, who is actively involved in ICM, was part of the worship planning team. She shared: “This gathering in prayer is a clear reminder we are one in the family of God and we are formed...

Looking for an Indoor Sport? Check out Pickle-ball® at St. Benedict Community Center
January 31, 2016

Thanks to Oblates Betsy and Marco Monsalve Pickle-ball® has come to St. Benedict Community Center. We are in the process of making pickle-ball available. If you are interested, call Sister Dianne Sabol, Director of St. Benedict Community Center, at 814-459-2406.

Pickle-ball® is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels and combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It started in 1965 when three dads set out to create a game that would answer their children’s boredom and engage them through the summer. It continued to gain popularity among players of all ages...

Come to a Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday, January 31
January 31, 2016

At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Christians come together to pray for their unity and congregations and parishes all over the world arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25).

This year the annual Ecumenical Worship Service for Christian Unity sponsored by Inter-Church Ministries (...

Walking in the Holy Presence
January 27, 2016

Postulant Valerie Luckey is the newest blogger among the Erie Benedictines. Her blog, “Walking in the Holy Presence,” is a chronicle of her journey into monastic life. “The blog is helpful for my own reflection,” she said. “I hope readers can learn about and appreciate everything that monastic life in this community offers.” Check out her latest entry: Courageous Freedom.

Loom Knitting makes its debut at the Mount
January 26, 2016

Thanks to Sister Karen Oprenchok, novice, loom knitting has found a place in the monastery. When trying to figure out a project in support of the community’s corporate commitment Sister Karen found the answer in a conversation with Sister Dianne Sabol and Oblate Margaret Kloecker one Sunday after liturgy. She says, “I told them about my search and right away they suggested making hats because of the need at Emmaus Ministries.” With the help of volunteers Becky Kathman and...