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Sister Susan (left) is pictured here with designer Judith Allison.

Remembering 30 years of beauty

December 1, 2022

Sister Susan Doubet has an intuitive edge when it comes to numbers. Which is why she was the one who realized that the 2023 Joan Chittister Calendar was the 30th calendar produced by Benetvision. Sister Susan (left) is pictured here with designer Judith Allison. All 30 calendars are currently on display at the monastery in the Chapter 57 Gallery. If you happen to be in the area and stop by the monastery, you can view the display through the end of December.


Amanda, left, volunteered at Emmaus Soup Kitchen with Sisters Sue Doubet, Val Luckey, and Jacqueline Sanchez-Small

Extended Interview with Amanda Bolaños and Ailie Posillico

November 30, 2022

As referenced in the Winter 2022 issue of The Mount, the full interview with 2022 Joan Chittister writers-in-residence Amanda Bolaños and Ailie Posillico is available here. This past summer, the two scholars lived and worked in the monastery for one month each, deepening in their respective fields of study: Amanda Bolaños, a PhD student at Duke Divinity School, and Ailie Posillico, a PhD student at Villanova University. Their projects help us expand our notions of women in the canon and female holiness in contemporary religious life. The interview was conducted by Katie Gordon. In the photo, Amanda, left, volunteered at Emmaus Soup Kitchen with Sisters Sue Doubet, Val Luckey, and Jacqueline Sanchez-Small.


Thanksgiving at Emmaus Soup Kitchen

Thanksgiving at Emmaus Soup Kitchen

November 25, 2022

Emmaus has served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, a week before the actual holiday, because many local restaurants generously offer free meals to those in need on the holiday itself. This year the meal was served by a team of volunteers from Our Lady of Peace Parish, coordinated by Darrell Meyers, who has been a regular at Emmaus for 23 years. “Emmaus is grateful for all that you do for us,” Sister Mary Miller, Director of Emmaus, said to the volunteers before their shift. “We thank God that you’re here and that you bless us and our guests with your smiles, your kindness, and your attentiveness.”


LCWR Grieves the Shooting in Colorado Springs

LCWR Grieves the Shooting in Colorado Springs

November 23, 2022

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie join with our sisters in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in a plea for an end to gun violence and hatred, most recently experienced in Colorado Springs, CO, and Chesapeake, VA. 


New issue of The Mount

New issue of The Mount

November 18, 2022

Wrap yourself in Benedictine hospitality when you read the Winter 2022 issue of The Mount, starting with Brother Mickey McGrath's cover artwork, "Our Lady of Refuge." Prioress Sister Stephanie Schmidt invites us into the issue and the very first story looks at the long history of Benedictine hospitality at St. Benedict's Child Development Center. We celebrate a final monastic profession, a retirement, and a poetry park. Guest columnist Mary E. Hunt of WATER, the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual offers "Hospitality Writ Large." We had to write once more about the goats who accompanied us last summer and show off the results of their work. Oblates, SBA Alum, and Joan Chittister Writers-in-Residence round out this issue. 



Celebrating a new season of opportunities at SBEC

Celebrating a new season of opportunities at SBEC

November 18, 2022

The announcement read: “St Benedict Education Center Fall Open House!  See what’s going on at SBEC and discover opportunities!”  The invitation was offered to all current clients – and many responded. Tuesday, October 18, was the day.  Not since before the restrictions required by Covid have the halls of SBEC and Treasures & Such, the incentive store, contained such energy and activity --- plus the presence of so many people interacting with each other.  One of the staff planners, Shari Riley, shared: “Covid 19 has changed so much in the world…for all of us.  It was uplifting to see everyone!  All the participants seemed excited and interested.  Laughter and good cheer filled our halls once again!”


Take Back the Site: Timothy L Smith

Take Back the Site: Timothy L Smith

November 11, 2022

A small group gathered on November 10 to pray in memory of Timothy Smith at the site where he was fatally beaten earlier this year. After being on life support for a few weeks, he died of his injuries on September 13. Timmy, who was 80, was staying at Erie City Mission at the time of the attack that happened just down the street. Sister Mary Ellen Plumb said, “I think it reminds us always that violence is never a good choice. And if we can stand for nonviolence in every situation where violence occurs, then we can change our own hearts so that kind of thing happens less. We can help change the hearts of others by our own love and reconciliation.” Learn more about Take Back the Site Vigils on the Benedictines for Peace website.


Jasmine, second from left, with Kids Cafe Coordinator, Jane Wagner; Ministry Assistant, Valerie Luckey, OSB; Director, Mary Miller, OSB

City Councilwomen is Kids Cafe Alum

November 9, 2022

Long before Jasmine Flores would become the first Latina to be elected to the Erie City Council, she was a six year-old student at Pfeiffer Burleigh who came to the Kids Cafe every day after school....“Part of what made the Kids Cafe so special for me was that it was one of the few places where I really felt seen and heard as a little kid growing up on the lower east side,” she said. “As the daughter of immigrants, it helped me a lot to have native English speakers checking my homework and helping me with grammar and spelling. But most of all, if I hadn’t gone to the Kids Cafe, I might not have known any adults who really validated me.”


Sister Stephanie welcomes oblates

Community Weekend 2022

November 1, 2022

More than 50 oblates participated in the 2022 October Community Weekend. Interest groups were offered Friday and on Saturday, Sister Joan Chittiser led a listening process inviting participants into the unrealized wisdom of Vatican II. At evening praise, Sister Stephanie Schmidt, prioress, welcomed new oblates and initiates. Listen to her reflection.

Benedictine Values, Modern Monasticism

Under the leadership of Siobhan O’Neill Meluso, Communications Coordinator for the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, a group of communicators from Benedictine women’s monasteries have produced a video, “Benedictine Values, Modern Monasticism,” that illustrates 10 Benedictine values with photographs provided by 21 monasteries. Judith Sutera, OSB, a Benedictine scholar and historian from Mt. St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, was instrumental in preparing the script. The technical expertise of Amanda Hackett, Communications Coordinator, Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict (St. Joseph, MN), and Susan Damon, Development Associate, Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, TX, created the video including an instrumental track of the handbell choir of the Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, arranged by Christine Manderfeld, OSB © 1997. Other committee members were Jan Gull, Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, IL, and Linda Romey, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA.

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