Give thanks and joyfully sing to God

The root of joy is gratefulness. It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. May this Thanksgiving truly be a time of joy for everyone.

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Gratitude makes us Joyful
November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving day is upon us. We extend gratitude to all of you who are part of our lives in a very real way. You are gift to us in the love you extend, in the kindness you give, and in the support you offer. For all of this and more, we are grateful. Read Sister Anne's Thanksgiving message and know that you are remembered in our prayer with deeply felt appreciation. May you know a most blessed day of giving thanks.

Catholic Social Teaching with Sister Simone Campbell
November 23, 2015

"The Benedictine Sisters of Erie belong to the Religious Formation Conference (RFC)," said Sister Stephanie Schmidt, director of postulants and novices. "It is a Roman Catholic organization serving religious institutes of women and men with programs and services for those in the ministry of initial and lifelong formation, and general congregational membership." She added, "As a result of that, the women who have chosen to discern their vocation with us can benefit from RFC offerings specifically designed for women and men in initial...

Monthly Immigration Vigil: Change of Time and Place
November 23, 2015

Justice for Immigrants, the monthly First Friday vigil, will now be held at the Federal Building, 6th and State, at 12:15 pm.

After one year at 2nd and State the decision was made to vigil at the Federal Building, the site where Benedictines for Peace (BFP) originally initiated First Friday Vigils for various justice concerns. “Justice for Immigrants is an action asking for a clear path to citizenship for all immigrants and safeguards for immigrant workers,” said Sister Marlene Bertke, BFP member. “Since the...

Conversation & Book Reading: A success!
November 20, 2015

An overflow crowd attended a “Conversation & Book Reading with Joan Chittister" at The Studio at Saint Mary’s in Erie, on November 18. Sister Joan read selections from her new book, Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life. Following her presentation were a series of short readings from the recently released biography, Joan Chittister: from Certainty to Faith, by Tom Roberts.

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Rising Again
November 19, 2015

“We are still in the process of determining how to proceed so that our guests can be served in a dignified manner,” said Sister Mary Miller, director of Emmaus Ministries, as part of a front-page story appearing in the Erie Times- News, Nov. 13. The story dealt with aftermath of the fire that damaged the soup kitchen over a month ago. To read the story, “Rising Again,” by reporter Ron Leonardi, click here.

Two recent gifts to Emmaus demonstrate how the Erie...

November 20 ARTfully Yours: Final Opportunity
November 18, 2015

We've had a great year celebrating the Neighborhood Art House 20th Anniversary at the monthly ARTfully yours evenings out for adults. The final opportunity of this series is Friday, November 20 with two offerings: Acrylic Painting and Holiday Decorations.

Enjoy wine and snacks with friends and help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Neighborhood Art House. The ARTfully yours program is an invitation to have fun experimenting with different art forms. These events are characterized by lots of fun, enthusiasm for trying something new, smiles over wine and snacks,...

NAH featured in Times News Erie Snapshot
November 17, 2015

The Inner-City Neighborhood Art House (NAH) turned 20 this year. Over the weekend Erie Times News gave it special mention in the ongoing column: Erie Snapshot. The Art House provides classes in the visual, performing and literary arts to at-risk children in Erie in a safe, nourishing and caring environment. It is driven by the desire to give the children hope through an experience of beauty.

In the article Sister Annette Marshall, NAH...

PNC Keeps Erie Children Warm with New Winter Coats
November 16, 2015

Preschoolers from St. Benedict Child Development Center and the Migrant Head Start Program exchanged costumes for winter coats, a gift from PNC Bank.

This is the seventh year that the PNC Foundation has partnered with “Operation Warm” to provide the needy children of Erie with winter coats. With the change of temperature and the realization that winter is definitely on the way, these new coats couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We are always grateful to be one of the recipients of this...

They Shall Rise Again on the Last Day
November 14, 2015

The Benedictine Sisters joined with other religious in the Diocese of Erie for the annual Mass for Deceased Religious Women and Men, Oblates and Associates, Diocesan Priests and Permanent Deacons, Serra Club Members and Spouses. Hosted by Bishop Persico and held at the Mercy Motherhouse, this event remembers those who have died since last November.

For the Erie Benedictines, that was four community members and seven oblates. In this month of being mindful of all saints and all souls, it was especially poignant to hear their names called: Sisters Phyllis Weaver, Audrey Berdis,...

Emmaus Soup Kitchen continues service amid repair plans
November 14, 2015

An update on Emmaus Soup Kitchen recently appeared in the Erie Times News. The article was put together by Ron Leonardi. In it Sister Mary Miller, director, explains that what has been a crisis is an opportunity. “We want to re-look at our space,” she said. “Our board has been talking about it, we have been meeting with the insurance people, and we’re still trying to get a handle to best serve our increasing numbers.”


Forbes Interview with Sister Joan Chittister
November 12, 2015

Forbes contributor, Margie Warrell, interviewed Joan Chittister on the subject, “Women, War and Ending the Sexism that Fuels It.” Not only is Sister Joan quoted in Warrell’s article but a twenty-minute video interview accompanies the story. Sister Joan was interviewed at the One Earth Future Forum on Peace at MIT in Boston, Nov. 9-11, where she was an invited participant.

Read the article and watch the video here.

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