Sister Pat Hause Citizen of the Year

Sister Pat Hause Citizen of the Year

May 11, 2022

The Fairfield Hose Company Volunteer Fire Department recently named Sister Pat Hause their Citizen of the Year. Sister Pat, who will soon be retiring from more than two decades as manager of the Benedictine Sisters Benetwood Apartments, was in frequent contact with department members when emergencies arose. "It has been a pleasure to have made friends with all of you these past 22 years," she told them. "Thank you for responding to Benetwood’s many needs. You are a fantastic group!" Benetwood, adjacent to the monastery, is a government-subsidized non-profit 75 unit apartment building administered by the community.

Sister Jeana Visel OSB

Gateways to Grace

May 9, 2022

The 2022 Art and Spirituality Lecture, The Spirituality of Icons with Sister Jeana Visel, is now available here. “The icon presentation was AMAZING,” wrote participants Dan and Nicole M. after the original broadcast of the webinar on May 1. “I learned so much. Sister Jeana was magnetic. Thank you!” ... The Pucker Family Fund, Pucker Gallery, Boston, is the sponsor of the annual Art and Spirituality speaker series that honors the Erie monastery’s late artist-in-residence Brother Thomas Bezanson and Erie Benedictine Sisters Joan Chittister and Maureen Tobin. Read more about this series here. The 2021 inaugural lecture by Sister Joan Chittister is available here.

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Adult Classes during May at the Neighborhood Art House

Adult Classes during May at the Neighborhood Art House

May 8, 2022

If you're in Erie and you're an adult, check out these offerings at the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House during the month of May. Classes are offered free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Space may be limited. Pre-registration is required for all classes and is recommended for Open Studio: email [email protected] or call 814-455-5508. The Art House is located at 201 E. 10th Street in Erie and off-street parking is available.

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Bill Shephard shares remarks at the memorial dedication.

Statue rededicated in memory of Hoffman family

May 4, 2022

After weeks of cold and rain, a warm, sunny day greeted about 40 guests on April 24 for the blessing of a special statue in the monastery garden. A small section of the library courtyard is now home to a refurbished statue of Mary that was originally a gift of the St. Benedict Academy Class of 1946 to the now-closed girls' high school. The guests and sisters rededicated the statue in memory of Sister Mary (William) Hoffman, her brother and sister-in-law Paul and Peg, and her parents Emil and Veronica.

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Haley Konetsky, St. Benedict Education Center participant

What does success look like?

April 24, 2022

"At the beginning, when I first started with SBEC, I thought the finish line was so far away, but what seemed like a lifetime and a huge leap into the decision to further my education came and went quicker than I expected," said Haley Konetsky, St. Benedict Education Center participant. "Miss Cheryl always made me feel like I could do anything I put my mind to as she encouraged me to push myself into going back to school. I put the majority of my appreciation towards her always being there for me." Haley is now a Nationally certified Medical Assistant and an employee at Millcreek Surgical Specialists.

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Stations of the cross not only for Good Friday

Stations of the cross not only for Good Friday

April 20, 2022

The 42nd annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace took place around downtown Erie last week. The theme was Women Who Walked with Jesus. Whether you walked with us actually or via the live stream of the pilgrimage, we invite you to continue reflecting on this theme and praying these prayers with and for women. View a news clip here that explains why this prayer and work on behalf of women continues to call us today. Download a pdf file of the text of the stations here. The text was written by members of Benedictines for Peace.

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Alleluia, Jesus is risen!

Alleluia, Jesus is risen!

April 16, 2022

Sister Stephanie Schmidt, PrioressThe last week or so of Lent the refrain playing in my head as I watched the nightly news has been, "We need a little Easter…now!” We're not yet out from under the pandemic even after two years, an insane war is raging in Ukraine, we witness the rudeness and ineffectiveness of partisan politics, and suffer through continuous displays of racism and violence. In other words, the pain and suffering of Good Friday fills the news and our minds. We are in dire need of a little brightness, joy, and hope.

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Joan Chittister conversation at Mercyhurst Unversity

Joan Chittister conversation at Mercyhurst Unversity

April 14, 2022

Join Sister Joan Chittister “in conversation” with Dr. Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland, professor at the University of Glasgow, and Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, in the fifth Joan D. Chittister, OSB, Lecture Series at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center, Mercyhurst University. The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the PAC box office, no tickets will be mailed or held. For information, call the box office at 814-824-3000. All guests will be required to wear masks for the entire duration of the event in accordance with Mercyhurst University’s COVID-19 Policy.

Earth Day 2022

Earth Day 2022

April 13, 2022

Celebrate the 52nd Earth Day in Erie at Perry Square and "Invest in our Planet"! Sponsors for Earth Day events on Saturday, April 23 from Noon - 2:00 p.m. include Erie Benedictines for Peace and the Inner-city Neighborhood Art House. Children and youth will speak about climate needs. Local officials will be given certificates and "asks." Children will present state and national political representatives with their League of Conservation Voters report cards, an electric car will power the sound system, and much more. See you at the stage in Perry Square!

Second Saturday at the Art House folding paper cranes

Second Saturday at the Art House

April 12, 2022

Second Saturday at the Art House came to life when 25 people--children and adults--arrived on the scene on April 9 to participate in either of two creative events: decorative egg painting and Origami paper crane folding. "The two art experiences happened simultaneously," explained Sarah Everett, Community Art Director. "That's the intent of our Second Saturday program, so that attendees can try out either craft or try both of them. They can also tour the Art House if they've not been here before."

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Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace

Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace

April 7, 2022

The Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace, Stations of the Cross with Women Who Walked with Jesus, will take place live on Friday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m. This 42nd annual pilgrimage will begin at St. Peter Cathedral, 10th and Sassafras Streets in Erie. Walkers are invited to 9:00 a.m. Good Friday Tenebrae (special liturgy of the hours) in the monastery chapel before the Pilgrimage for Peace. There will be a chartered bus available to take walkers to the Cathedral and bring them back to the monastery after Station 8 at Dobbins Landing. The final station will be in the monastery chapel as part of a Good Friday prayer service. All are invited to Holy Saturday Tenebrae, 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning, April 16.

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This is what 1,000 paper peace cranes looks like.

1,000 Peace Cranes for Ukraine

April 5, 2022

Visit the Neighborhood Art House on Saturday, April 9, between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to help make 1,000 paper cranes as a peace gesture for Ukraine. “This project,” explains Sister Jen Frazer who teaches at the Art House, “originated in conversation with the children of Ukrainian families enrolled at the Art House...."

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Lenten Almsgiving for Emmaus

Lenten Almsgiving for Emmaus

April 1, 2022

Lent is a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and students at three Catholic schools in Erie have been especially faithful to almsgiving this year, offering generously to the guests of Emmaus Ministries. Children at two local elementary schools, Blessed Sacrament School and St. Luke School, at Mercyhurst Preparatory High School have taken to heart the words of the prophet Isaiah 58, “Is this not the fast I choose… to loose the chains of injustice, to share your food with the hungry?”

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St. Scholastica: We can do more...Spring Appeal 2022

We can do more...Spring Appeal 2022

March 25, 2022

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie Spring Appeal begins with a story...a story about the power of love. We invite you to join us in loving more...

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Silent Peace Walk for Ukraine

Silent Peace Walk for Ukraine

March 25, 2022

Benedictines for Peace will host a special Silent Peace Walk for peace and for all those suffering in Ukraine on Monday, March 28, 2022 from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Perry Square. These monthly walks promote peace in the midst of fear, divisions, and hatred. Monday our walk will be for the intention of peace in Ukraine and an end to the Russian invasion. We are praying for all those suffering from war, violence, injury, grief, and those seeking refuge, those trying desperately to protect their children. We are praying also of those citizens in Russia who, despite great risk are protesting the war. And we will pray for all political leaders that they choose the ways of dialogue and diplomatic resolutions of conflicts. 

Guests view artwork in the Chapter 57 Gallery

We Celebrate All That Is 2022 Art Show

March 23, 2022

"We Celebrate All That Is," the March 2022 Women's Art Show in the Chapter 57 Gallery at the monastery will be available to the public after March 26 when the monastery reopens. The show, which opened on March 6 and is designed and installed by Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, features the work of 15 sisters, oblates, and Neighborhood Art House students and staff member.

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Happy Feast of St. Benedict

Happy Feast of St. Benedict

March 21, 2022

On this Feast of St. Benedict we invite you to join us in sharing hospitality—a Benedictine gift to the world: "Openness to the world—hospitality—is the monastic answer to the needs of the world around it....Hospitality is meant to be civilization making. It is the model of inclusion. It is the foundation for world peace in its openness everywhere to everyone, no racial, national, religious credentials necessary. Hospitality interrogates each and all of us still about our own acceptance of the foreigner, the stranger, the seeker, the lost, the ones who are not like us." —Joan Chittister in The Monastic Heart.

Treasures & Such Activity and Current Needs

Treasures & Such Activity and Current Needs

March 20, 2022

There is a trace of activity in St. Benedict Education Center's Treasures & Such client store once again. Volunteers are returning. Shoppers are making purchases. Limited donations are being accepted. This is the immediate wish list:
—Clothing for infants, toddlers, and children up to size 10, particularly girls 10-11 months – Clean and in good repair
—Basic baby items: baby/toddler feeding chair; swing; baby bathtub; wagon; infant seat; baby activity center; baby carrier; riding toys; push toys  – Currently approved as safe, clean, and in good repair
—Bicycles, particularly for children, in good repair, that you no longer need or use (Is it time to clean out your garage or basement?)

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