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News and Events

Students Deliver "Good News"
April 26, 2015

Erie Day School Student Council delivered good news to Emmaus Soup Kitchen. When three Student Council Members and Advisor Ginny Rogers arrived at the Soup Kitchen with a donation of food items, they also delivered the news that the Student Council had selected the Soup Kitchen as their community project.

“The Student Council has been so eager to be a part of our ministry," said Emmaus Staff, Sister Pat Witulski, "It is good to know they will continue their good works.”

The announcement means the Student Council will sponsor collection drives and fundraising events to...

In Memoriam: Sister Mary Therese Eichenlaub, OSB
April 22, 2015

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie remember Sister Mary Therese Eichenlaub who entered into eternal rest on April 21, 2015. Please join us in prayer for Sister Mary Therese.




Earth Day 2015
April 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015 celebrates 45 years of efforts to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide. This day was created by American Senator, Gaylord Nelson, to make people aware of the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean. People made promises to help the environment and make positive changes in their community.

Ongoing education allows the people of today to engage in informed actions that can promote the goals that were established in 1970. In support of this effort, there will be a "...

A Day with Diarmuid O'Murchu
April 19, 2015

Through a series of presentations to community members and oblates at the annual Spring Community Weekend, Diarmuid O'Murchu, a gifted teacher and long-time student of such evolutionary pioneers as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Brian Swimme, discussed how certain concepts from the modern quantum theory may point to deep spiritual truths about relationships.

“We are at all times the sum of our relationships,” said O’Murchu. “That is what defines our identity. We must rediscover and reclaim the deep connections with all of creation and grow more deeply into them.”...

Kids Cafe Pledge
April 15, 2015

Emmaus Ministries Kids Cafe is 15 years old. Kids Cafe opened its doors on January 10, 2000 to provide an evening meal and a safe environment for children ages 6 to 17. From time to time we will feature a fact or story about Kids Cafe. The Kids Cafe Pledge is the most recent one.

The Kids Cafe Pledge was developed to ensure and promote a safe and nurturing environment for all children attending the after school program. For 15 years these guidelines have helped to bring out the best in the children. The Kids Cafe Pledge is presented to the children with the...

Michael DeSanctis and "The Enduring Power of Beauty"
April 14, 2015

"Beauty in art is soul-baring. Thank you for sharing your soul with us," said Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Director of Monastic Formation to Dr. Michael DeSanctis at the end of his lecture on "The Enduring Power of Beauty." The presentation was part of the ongoing Enrichment Series sponsored by the Erie Benedictines.

Using contributions from a variety of artists and media including photographs, sculpture, architecture and paintings, Dr. DeSanctis, professor of fine arts and theology at Gannon University, engaged the audience in a reflection on the power that beauty can have in a world...

Maria Shriver: What I learned About power from a Community of Nuns
April 13, 2015

In Maria Shriver’s latest I’ve Been Thinking, she shares her experience of the Erie Benedictines after being in town last week for "In Conversation" with Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, at Mercyhurst University.

"It was a moving experience for me to return to Erie. I’d only visited the community once before, a few years back. It was a peaceful, spiritual visit and this time I experienced the same sense of calmness and peace....I’ve been thinking about how much I admire them, respect them and...

Everyone can be an Architect of Change
April 10, 2015

A full house gave a standing ovation to Joan Chittister, OSB and Maria Shriver when they appeared on stage to be "In Conversation" at Mercyhurst University. "The room was alive with energy and excitement from the moment they appeared and it just kept growing," said Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director.

"It was such a memorable evening," said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. "Maria mentioned that she is empowered by inspiration and that’s exactly what she was able to do for us. She was inspiring. Her words, her convictions, her simplicity and authenticity seemed to reach out and...

2015 Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk
April 10, 2015

The 8th Annual Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk will be held at the Neighborhood Art House, 10th & Holland Streets, on Saturday, June 6, 9:00 AM.

Register prior to May 11 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Visit the new NAH web page to register.


Maria Shriver and Joan Chittister IN CONVERSATION: TICKET UPDATE
April 8, 2015

Live-Stream of IN CONVERSATION: Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.

"Blue" tickets (FREE) for the "In Conversation" live stream at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center (MAC) will be available at the MAC door the night of the event. They can still be obtained at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) today (4/8) and Thursday during the regular box office hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Doors to both venues will open Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Easter Greetings from Emmaus
April 7, 2015

Easter is about dazzling light -but only if it shines through us. -Joan Chittister, OSB

View the light that shines through Emmaus ministries in a collage of photos. Click on the arrow and then click on individual photos to enlarge them. Every photo tells a story. And you know what they say: "A picture is worth a thousand words!"

Visit the Emmaus Ministries web page for this and more.