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The Erie Benedictines stand with LCWR in the Condemnation of Racism in All its Forms
August 18, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters stand with the Leadership Conference on Women Religious (LCWR) in the condemnation of racism in all forms. We accept and support the LCWR statement issued in response to the Charlottesville tragedy and the increase of violence on the part of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist groups.

Together with women religious throughout the nation we pray for our country and renew our commitment, through faithfulness to the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict, to help create...

Setting moon, rising sun
August 17, 2017

Was it a childhood fantasy or the beginning of a call, wonders Sister Linda Romey as she writes about an early life experience in her latest essay at Global Sisters Report. And, what if she were a millennial today—where would she turn to satisfy the longing in her heart? Yes, women are still called today. How do we help them follow their passion in creative ways? Linda shares some ideas to explore from Diarmiud O’Murchu’s new book, Religious Live in the 21st Century: The Prospect of Refounding and Benedictine Laura Swan’s book, The Wisdom...

Summer Basketball Clinic for Kids Cafe Teens at St. Benedict Community Center
August 13, 2017

“What’s the quote of the day?” Raphell Thomas-Edwards, co-director of A&K Basketball Skills Clinic, asked the teenage boys from the Kids Cafe bouncing basketballs through their legs and around their backs.

“Practice makes perfect!” One of the young men shouted out.

“That’s the quote of the day,” Raphell responded, “but does practice really make perfect? No. If you practice something the wrong way, you will permanently do it wrong.”

Raphell is not only teaching the fine arts of basketball skills, he’s also teaching life skills during the three weeks of the...

Handmade by God
August 11, 2017

“I, Tinamarie Stolz, a 20-something raging extrovert, walked through the doors of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Erie and began a 10-week internship with Sr. Joan Chittister, a Catholic feminist nun.” This begins, Handmade by God, the article through which Tinemarie shared her intern experience.

Click here to read Tinemarie's article at Global Sisters Report, an independent and non-profit source of news and...

What a Gift!
August 9, 2017

For the past year preschool students at St. Benedict Child Development Center benefitted from the “Long Term Residency” program that brought the Erie Philharmonic to their classrooms. On Monday, August 7, the year came to an end with the donation of book bags filled with school supplies and household items including soap, socks, books and more. The donation was designed to help the children make the transition to Kindergarten in the upcoming school year. Steve Weiser, the Erie Philharmonic executive director said: “We’ve been helping the children with music lessons this summer and we...

August 8, 2017

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for your support on Erie Gives Day.

We have learned that it takes generosity to discover the world through others. Your generosity tells us that you are willing to discover the world through the works and ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Emmaus Ministries, and the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House.

With your interest and help we are able, as scripture says, "to do immeasurably more than we could imagine" (Ephesians 3:20).

Thank you so much!

Moving Forward
August 7, 2017

Sisters Patricia Witulski and Valerie Luckey are moving forward. Each stage of initial formation is accompanied by vocation discernment and this discernment led both Sisters Pat and Valerie to make the request for final and first profession respectively.

On Saturday, August 5, after a community vote, Pat and Val received the blessing of their directors, Novice Director Sister Stephanie Schmidt and Scholasticate Director Sister Diane Rabe, the prioress, council and community. Profession dates will be scheduled in the fall.

Sister Pat is ministering with the refugees at St....

Consider giving your support through ERIE GIVES
August 7, 2017

On Erie Gives Day, TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, a percentage match of your donation will expand your contribution to support:

• services to guests at EMMAUS MINISTRIES Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Kids' Cafe and or
THE NEIGHBORHOOD ART HOUSE programming for inner-city...

The Significance of August 6
August 6, 2017

The church calendar marks August 6 as the feast of the Transfiguration, the day on which the disciples of Jesus encountered who Jesus really is when he was transformed in their midst. The shining glory of the Transfiguration (Luke 9: 28-36) draws attention to the identity of Jesus as God’s chosen and beloved one.

The civil calendar marks August 6 as the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima--the world’s first atomic bomb attack.

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie recall the Transfiguration of Jesus as well as the anniversary of the nuclear bombings in light of the...

Celebrating 70 and 60 years of Monastic Profession
August 4, 2017

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie opened their annual August community days with a special evening prayer and a renewal of vows by this year’s jubilarians. Sisters Mary Grace Hanes, Andrea Weidle and Mary Bernard Lander renewed their monastic vows in celebration of 70 years of profession and Sisters Laura Beichner and Carol Ann McLaughlin renewed their monastic vows in celebration of 60 years of profession. A festive dinner honoring the jubilarians followed.

During the dinner community members had the opportunity to share special stories, memories, experiences and expressions of...

Erie County Poet Laureate takes interest in Emmaus Ministries
August 1, 2017

A writing conference, 60 boxes of Cracker Jacks, and Emmaus’ Kids Cafe: what do these things have in common? The common denominator: Marisa Moks-Unger, the 2016-2017 Erie County Poet Laureate.

Marisa first explored the Kids Cafe when looking for a possible site to hold the International Women’s Writing Guild’s Regional Flagship City Writing Conference.

Marisa, a former secondary English teacher, was impressed with the store at the Kids Cafe. “I think this sort of reward system for sustained good behavior etches many good experiences for youth,” she said. “Here they can...