We give praise and thanks!

Rejoice with us in the re-election of Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. The election was held after prayer and discernment. The Te Deum, composed by Sister Mary David Callahan, OSB (1923-2005) and sung by the Benedictine Sisters under the direction of Sister Marilyn Schauble, OSB expresses the deep feelings of gratitude held by the community. We share our song of praise with you.

News and Events

NAH Celebrates 20 Years: You are Invited!
July 2, 2015

The Neighborhood Art House (NAH) is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with an old-fashioned ice cream social on Sunday, July 12, from noon to 3 PM. There will be entertainment by Tennessee Back Porch and some special activities.

Check out Meg Loncharic’s recent column in the Erie Times News for the details.

"The event is free and open to the public at 201 East Tenth Street...

Emmaus Volunteer Receives Honor
June 29, 2015

Congratulations to Emmaus Food Pantry volunteer Jim Vogt who was inducted in the 2015 Metropolitan Erie Chapter Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame during the 29th Annual Induction Ceremony and Scholarship Banquet.

Jim, who was a stand out in basketball and football at Fort LeBoeuf High School and in football at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, spent most of his career involved in high school athletic programs at Iroquois and Harbor Creek High Schools. Jim’s career in athletics include coaching football for 42 years and counting, basketball for 4 years and track and field for 6...

Sister Anne McCarthy Presents Pope Francis with book by Sister Joan Chittister
June 26, 2015

A book by Joan Chittister was presented to Pope Francis by Erie Benedictine Sister Anne McCarthy during a private audience this week. Sister Anne is a member of a dialogue between Buddhists and Catholics, “Dialogue and Fraternity,” is taking place in Rome sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Sister Anne, who represented the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID), presented...

Make Your Own Pizza Party
June 26, 2015

An ordinary summer Sunday evening turned into a fun summer party with the help of Sisters Helen Heher, Miriam McMullen-Pastrick and postulant Dina Lauricello. "Make your own English Muffin pizzas was the invitation and, as the photos show, sisters and guests had a good time putting together their favorite toppings for a pizza bite to beat all pizza bites," said Sister Helen.

Indoor and outdoor games were available. Sister Colette Korn, who has been calling weekly bingo at St. Joseph’s Apartments in Erie for more than 25 years, shared her expertise and bingo with prizes for the...

Sister Anne McCarthy among Catholic and Buddhist Religious and Social Action Leaders Greeted by Pope Francis
June 25, 2015

Sister Anne McCarthy, representing Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID) in the United States, is in Rome participating in a dialogue between Catholic and Buddhist religious and social action leaders.

A video of the Pope greeting the group has been released. In it Pope Francis says: "It is a visit of fraternity, of dialogue, and of friendship. And this is good. This is healthy. And in these moments, which are wounded by war and hatred,...

Potratz Greenhouse Donation Benefits Food Pantry Patrons
June 24, 2015

When Emmaus Ministries director Sister Mary Miller asked Janel Potratz Levin why she was donating vegetable and flower plants to Emmaus she answered, “It’s time to give back to the community. We plant extra so we can give them away.”

Flats of vegetables and flowers were delivered to Emmaus Food Pantry for distribution on Monday and Tuesday morning. Some of the vegetables Emmaus Food Pantry patrons selected were peppers, tomatoes, collard greens, radishes and squash. There were petunias and lavender among the flower...

A Day to Remember
June 15, 2015

“I will never forget this day,” said Sister Kathleen Warner upon being greeted with a joyful alleluia after she and Sisters Mary Bernard Lander and Joachim Frey were accepted for final incorporation into Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

Sisters Kathleen, Mary Bernard and Joachim came to the community from St. Marys, PA when it became clear that their monastery would be closing as a result of a climbing median age and lack of new members. The 17 Benedictines of St. Joseph Monastery started to visit other Benedictine communities and after prayer and discernment these three sisters came to...

Senior Project on Therapy Dogs United Graded “Outstanding”
June 15, 2015

“Natalie received a final grade of outstanding,” reported Sister Carolann McLaughlin of Natalie Prischak’s senior project on Therapy Dogs United.

Sisters Carolann and Rita Groner, and their therapy dog, Rusty, all certified members of the organization, were instrumental in helping Natalie bring her project to a successful conclusion.

Natalie gave her final presentation to the student body at Villa Maria Academy (VMA). “She was so prepared and poised,” said Sister Rita. “I can’t begin to tell you how...

Sister Joan Chittister Receives Edward C. Doll Community Service Award from the Erie Community Foundation
June 12, 2015

“Generosity is the attitude towards life that is the gift to the giver as well as the receiver . . . . It is important that we know why we give not only what we give,” said Sister Joan Chittister in her keynote address at the Annual Meeting of the Erie Community Foundation (ECF). Sister Joan was presented with the Edward C. Doll Community Service Award given annually to someone whose volunteer experience and personal philanthropy mirrors the work of Edward Doll, in whose memory the honor was established after his death in...

Blest Be God Who Makes Us Whole
June 11, 2015

“May all of us know peace, healing and the deep strength of our common faith,” prayed Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, as the community gathered for the celebration of the Sacrament of Anointing, a very special moment during the community retreat.

The sisters companion those being anointed: sisters, oblates, employees, and friends. The sacrament is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength to those who suffer illness or old age. Anointing with the sacred oil is a sign of blessing by the Spirit. The sacramental anointing can inspire and comfort both those who are...

Seeking God in Life Shared
June 10, 2015

The community is on retreat this week. Today we had Morning Prayer on the patio. "It was so beautiful ─ a perfect summer day of sun and gentle breezes," said Sister Helen Heher, the main planner. The community "circled round" and acknowledged the presence of the surrounding trees: the tree of the cross, the weeping willow, the apple trees, the pitch pines, the King Hawthorne and the sugar maple ─ the spirit of light and love, inner vision, longevity, greening, healing, and balance.

Sister Marilyn Schauble led the community in the singing of an original composition:

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