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Benedictine Sisters Invite Goats to a Big Meal: The Last Word

Benedictine Sisters Invite Goats to a Big Meal: The Last Word

August 2, 2022

Erie News Now reporter John Last featured our goat guests on his "The Last Word" segment Monday, Aug. 1. He interviewed both Sister Jacqueline Sanchez-Small, pictured here with John and the WICU camera technician, and Jen Zeitler, creator and owner of Let's Goat Buffalo. View it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztqRF8qd3pw

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Gary Good is honored for more than 30 years of service

Thank you to our employees

July 27, 2022

"We know that we are blessed to have such a dedicated, reliable, committed and flexible staff," said prioress Sister Stephanie Schmidt as she welcomed and offered a blessing for employees of the Benedictine Sisters gathered for the annual Employee Picnic. "Every year we look forward to this opportunity to show our appreciation for you and all that you do on a daily basis to help our home run smoothly. Today we honor you for your friendship and generosity."

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Supporting missions at home and abroad

Supporting missions at home and abroad

July 26, 2022

Individual Benedictine Sisters of Erie recently took part in mission appeals in the Diocese of Erie. Mission appeals that were common in parishes before pandemic lockdowns have started again. The Diocesan newsletter says that, "Missionaries visiting northwest Pennsylvania this year represent 18 countries ranging from Argentina to Zambia. Some also will highlight work being done not only in the United States, but also in the Diocese of Erie." The appeals help support the work of Sister Marian Wehler, OSB, and Mercy Sister Tina Geiger in Catholic Rural Ministries. Sister Theresa Zoky spoke on behalf of the U.S. Secretariat of the Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM), which is administered by the Benedictine Sisters. Sisters Jacqueline Sanchez-Small and Valerie Luckey travelled beyond the Diocese of Erie to speak at parishes in New Jersey on behalf of AIM.

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Sisters Kathy and Anne take invasive plants to the campfire pit

Goats make significant progress

July 22, 2022

The herd of working goats from Let's Goat Buffalo has only been at Glinodo for a few days, but the team has already made significant progress freeing the trees along Seven-Mile Creek from poison ivy, multiflora rose, and other invasive species....The multiflora rose bushes, stripped of all their invasive foliage, still tower up to 10 feet in the air, but they are much easier to remove now, since most of their thorns are gone and their leaves are no longer in the way. Sisters Anne McCarthy and Kathy McCarthy, who were walking by on their way to watch the sun set over Lake Erie, arrived in time to drag an extracted bush to the campfire pit where it will eventually provide fuel for making s'mores.

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Meet Jennifer, goatherd and monk-in-spirit

Meet Jennifer, goatherd, visionary, and monk-at-heart

July 22, 2022

The goat renting business is not something Jen consciously sought out. More accurately, it found her and, finding it gave her energy, she followed it. "And I had to have faith and trust in myself to know that if I took the risk and lost it all, I wouldn't have lost all my skills and knowledge and experience and background. We can always find solutions in times of crisis. And the idea that we're all that secure in any given situation is false," she explained. Pieces fell into place and guided Jen like breadcrumbs on a trail as she imagined what was possible.

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Thank you Sister Marian Wehler

Thank you Sister Marian

July 20, 2022

“It is so hard to let go when I feel so dedicated to this work [of prison ministry],” noted Sister Marian Wehler as she brings her work as a prison chaplain to an end. “I really received so much from the guys at Forest. They strengthened my faith. I don’t know if I could handle being in prison as they do. Many found God during their time as inmates. When they would tell me that they know I come not because I have to, but because I want to, it always warmed my heart. But I can only do so much. I need to let go of this important ministry as I am being called to attend to other needs in the area where I serve."

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They stop and lie down periodically to ruminate, explained Jennifer, the goatherd. (More to come on Jennifer and the other herders, including Fred Rogers, the border collie/poodle mix who is an able assistant.) While the goats ruminate, their digestive system goes to work and destroys any possibility of seeds passing through them and reseeding the same invasive plants they are ingesting. Quite monk-like...we, too, are grazing continually on everything our senses take in. And we ruminate, too. The trick for

On what do you ruminate?

July 18, 2022

Goats stop and lie down periodically to ruminate, explained Jennifer, the goatherd. (More to come on Jennifer and the other herders, including Fred Rogers, the border collie/poodle mix who is an able assistant.) While the goats ruminate, their digestive system goes to work and destroys any possibility of seeds passing through them and reseeding the same invasive plants they are ingesting. Quite monk-like...we, too, are grazing continually on everything our senses take in. And we ruminate, too. The trick for us is to choose our ruminations wisely so that we don't reseed the negativity that thrives in our world like an invasive species.

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Sister Linda Romey presents at the Colloquium in Atchison, KS

Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding Colloquium

July 18, 2022

More than a dozen Erie Benedictine sisters and several oblates participated in Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding, a two-day colloquium that took place at Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, the end of June. Sister Linda Romey was a co-planner of the event which was the culmination of a nearly five-year awareness-raising process designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Federation of St. Scholastica, the 17-member grouping of monasteries to which Mount St. Benedict Monastery belongs.

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Our goat collaborators begin their work at Glinodo.

The goats have arrived

July 17, 2022

Our temporary collaborators, a herd of goats, their goatherd, and their bus-barn arrived and staked out their first work area. As you can see, they wasted no time digging into their task of clearing the woods on the Glinodo grounds of inasive species. Over the next month, we'll introduce you to the goats and their goatherd as well as share more about why we made this choice and why as Benedictines it is important that we not only care for the land but do it in loving ways. Learn more about Let's Goat Buffalo here.

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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.