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Winter Snow on the Monastery Grounds: A Meditation

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance. ─William Sharp

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News and Events

Build bridges, not walls
February 16, 2019

In keeping with our Corporate Commitment to work for sustainability and justice for all, especially women and children, and in being faithful to the Gospel of peace and justice we uphold and the Rule of Benedict that urges us to welcome all as Christ did, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie remain opposed to a border wall.

We object to the announcement of a national emergency that allows the transfer and irresponsible use of public funds to construct it. A border wall is unethical; it hurts people and damages...

A Special Valentine
February 14, 2019

Erie Benedictine Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski began offering retreats based on the seasons of Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring connected with the four Paths of Creation Spirituality (Via Positiva, Via Negativa, Via Creativa and Via Transformativa) over 30 years ago. Now she brings her experience and insights to a new audience via her podcast series.

Sister Carolyn's latest podcast is on Universal Love—and it went live today, Valentine’s day. What could be better than some added inspiration on a day where love is widely celebrated by many?


Valentine's Day
February 13, 2019

St. Valentine was a Roman Christian who, according to tradition, was martyred during the persecution of Christians in the third century. Prior to his death, Valentine was imprisoned but he continued to witness to Christianity.

One day, a prison guard, a good man who had adopted a blind girl, asked if Valentine’s God could help his daughter. Valentine prayed and the girl was given her sight. The guard and his entire family saw this and believed and all were baptized. Upon hearing this, the Emperor, who was furious that Valentine continued to inspire converts, even in prison,...

Photo Recap of a Memorable Occasion: 2019 Prophet of Peace Award
February 12, 2019

Enjoy a slide show of photo memories from the annual Prophet of Peace Award event. The Benedictine Sisters of Erie celebrated Edwina Gately as their 2019 Prophet of Peace on February 9, the Vigil of Scholastica, twin sister of Benedict who is celebrated by Benedictine women’s religious communities around the world as a woman who could “do more because she loved more” (Gregory the Great). Like Scholastica, Edwina Gateley is able to do more because she loves more. She is a poet, theologian, artist, writer, lay minister and a single mom—a modern day mystic and prophet.

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Mark your calendar now for an evening of sharing celebrating poet Mary Oliver
February 11, 2019

The words of the poet Mary Oliver have affected and inspired many of us. To honor the life of this beloved poet, who died in January, we will gather to share and reflect on the impact she has made in our own lives on Thursday, March 7. Come to the Women's Writing Studio at St. Mary's A Space to Create(310 East 19th Street, Erie) prepared to share a verse or stanza of her work that is meaningful to you as well as a personal response to your selection.

You might respond to your Oliver poem with a piece of art you've created, a movement or gesture to...

Edwina Gateley: 2019 Prophet of Peace
February 9, 2019

Edwina Gateley is a poet, theologian, artist, writer, and lay minister. She is a single mom and has been described as a modern day mystic and prophet. The Benedictine Sisters of Erie awarded the 2019 Prophet of Peace award to her for the extraordinary manner in which she uses her gifts for the good of others.

"Edwina’s efforts are clearly aligned with the Erie Benedictines' Corporate Commitment," said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. "She has given her life working for women and raising the issues of sexism...

The Feast of Scholastica
February 9, 2019

This weekend we celebrate the feast of Scholastica on February 10. She is the twin sister of Benedict of Nursia who is the founder of monastic communities and the one to whom the Rule of Benedict is attributed.

From the little known of Scholastica it is clear that she was a strong woman who was deeply devoted to her religious life. She is celebrated by Benedictine women’s religious communities around the world as a woman who could “do more because she loved more” (Gregory the Great). She was a witness to the turth that love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,...

100th Book Review Posted
February 9, 2019

What Sisters and Oblates Are Reading
The Anodyne Necklace by Martha Grimes

I (Sister Susan Doubet) am blatantly taking advantage of my role as "book review poster," to choose the 100th review by highlighting my latest set of mystery book favorites: the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes.

Grimes has just published her 24th book in this award-winning group of excellently written mysteries starring the low-keyed, yet first-class, analytically brilliant thinker, Scotland Yard detective Richard Jury . . . . What I like most about this series are . . .


Students from St. Gregory School visit Emmaus Ministries
February 6, 2019

Along with two teachers, over twenty middle school students from St. Gregory’s in North East recently boarded public busses and rode to downtown Erie to experience how the needs of the marginalized are being met by social service groups.

When they arrived at Emmaus, they unloaded jars of peanut butter and jelly from their backpacks. They then took a tour of the soup kitchen and food pantry, asking all sorts of questions along the way. “What meal do you make most often?” they asked. And: “How do you get the desserts?”

“Other than fish, which we have every Friday,” answered...

NAH offers Shapes and Shadows: an Introduction to Charcoal Drawing February 21
February 4, 2019

Take a break from the everyday and come to the Neighborhood Art House where you will have the opportunity to respond to that inner "I wish I could draw." Practice the basics of charcoal drawing by learning how to draw various shapes, then play with the lighting to create and draw various shadow effects. All materials and light snacks provided. Register on line at or call the office at 455-5508.

Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Neighborhood Art House,...

SAVE THE DATE: Fundraiser Golf Tournament June 17
January 30, 2019

Golf! Volunteer! Sponsor! Donate! Your support of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie Charity Fundraiser Golf Tournament means as much to us as a hole-in-one means to a golfer! Why? Because a hole-in-one is something you remember and cherish. And your support of our community's 160-year presence in the Erie area is a sign of friendship that we will treasure forever. As Sisters of St. Benedict we live in community and pray and work together to help bring the reign of God to our suffering world. But we can't do all the good works that need to be done without generous support. So, we are coming...