Take Back the Site Vigil for Steve Smith

Take Back the Site Vigil for Steve Smith

January 30, 2023

A large group of family and friends joined the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and Oblates, Sisters of St. Joseph, Agrégées, and Associates, Sisters of Mercy and Associates for a Take Back the Site Vigil for Steve Smith at Metroplex in Erie, the site where he was murdered on December 30, 2022. After the 15 minute prayer vigil in the frigid temperature, several members of Steve's family remembered his goodness and generosity and spoke of the pain of loss they are suffering. The family of the perpetrator was also remembered. See local news coverage here.

Sister Mary Grace Hanes receives citation from State Rep. Bob Merski

State Rep. Merski honors Sister Mary Grace

January 25, 2023

State Representative for the 2nd Legislative District, Bob Merski, visited the monastery to present a citation to Sister Mary Grace Hanes marking her 75th Jubilee. He also offered a few words to Sister Mary Grace and other sisters and staff. "Many of the women in my family, including my aunt Audrey Berdis who was an Erie Benedictine, went to St. Benedict Academy. Through them, you sisters had an impact on me," he said, acknowledging all the lives that Sister Mary Grace impacted through SBA and her other ministries. Rep. Merski continued to commend the Benedictine community and their work on behalf of the poor of Erie, saying that "When I vote, I vote in ways that remember the poor and the underprivileged. I join the Benedictines in trying to see Christ in everyone."

Sister Val to participate in panel

January 23, 2023

Erie Benedictine Sister Valerie Luckey, Ministry Assistant at Emmaus Ministries, will be one of three panelists to discuss, "Religion and Social Justice: A Conversation with Erie Leaders" at Mercyhurst University on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall. "I am grateful for the opportunity to bring a Benedictine perspective shaped by my ministry with Erie's hungry poor to this discussion. Social justice is a constitutive element of our religious faith and we can never stress that fact, or live out that commitment, enough," says Sister Val. "Only our love makes it possible, and the good zeal that Benedictines aim for certainly helps."

Other panelists are the Very Reverend Melinda Hall, Cathedral of St. Paul, and Sheikh Mazin Alsahlani, Al-Makarim Islamic Foundation. The event is co-hosted by the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society (ELIES) and the William C. Sennet Institute for Mercy and Catholic Studies.

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Sister Marcia Sigler

Sister Marcia is Recycling Queen

January 20, 2023

Sister Marcia Sigler lives into the Benedictine Sisters of Erie Corporate Commitment on a near-daily basis. That commitment is, "We commit ourselves to be a healing presence and prophetic witness for peace and justice by actively addressing the climate crisis and the rights of women and children." Sister Marcia's nickname, "Recycle Queen," makes obvious that she focuses on addressing the climate crisis by helping recycle and reuse....A much more creative recycling project involves old prescription bottles....

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A local tribute to Sister Mary Lou

January 19, 2023


Erie Times-News
writer Jim Martin published a local tribute to Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, a former reporter for the Times, this morning. READ HERE>>>

Rev. John Dear, Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace, posted a tribute to "Sister Mary Lou Kownacki: Mother of the spirituality of nonviolence" after being present in Erie to celebrate her life. READ HERE>>>

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 16, 2023

Benedictine sisters and oblates were among nearly 400 persons who took part in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day march. Local leaders spoke as the crowd gathered at Perry Square before the march to the Martin Luther King Center off Chestnut Street. At the Center, following the march participants joined in prayer and a wreath was placed in front of a memorial casket to honor Martin Luther King. A strong call was made to the many young persons present encouraging them to take greater responsibility for moving the community forward in unity and to continue the work of ending racism and dismantling racist structures and systems.

Eulogy for Sister Mary Lou Kownacki

Eulogy for Sister Mary Lou Kownacki

January 11, 2023

Sister Joan Chittister delivered the eulogy at the Liturgical Celebration of Sister Mary Lou Kownacki's Life on January 10, 2023. The hundreds of people from all walks of life and every age who passed through the monastery on Monday and Tuesday to say their goodbyes, those who shared moving memories of Sister Mary Lou at her Memory Service and filled the monastery chapel for the celebration of her life, were testament to an ordinary life lived with extraordinary love, passion, and conviction. Prayer cards in memory of Sister Mary Lou are available until they are gone. To receive one, send your name and mailing address to [email protected]

Epiphany Monastery Blessing

Epiphany Monastery Blessing

January 9, 2023

The Benedictine community processes into chapel for morning praise on the Feast of the Epiphany after walking through the monastery recalling the journey of the three Magi to find the Christ child. They stopped in the monastery common spaces to pray a blessing and mark the door frames.

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NCR offers tribute to Sister Mary Lou Kownacki

NCR offers tribute to Sister Mary Lou Kownacki

January 9, 2023

Former National Catholic Reporter editor Tom Roberts has published a moving tribute to Sister Mary Lou Kownacki at NCRonline.org. A friend of the Erie Benedictines, Tom captures the spirit of Sister Mary Lou and the extent of her visionary influence on a broad scale.
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Sisters' blogs remember Sister Mary Lou:
Sister Susan Doubet
Sister Val Luckey
Sister Jacqueline Sanchez-Small
Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski