Displaced children from the Ukraine at the Benedictine monastery in Poland.

Benedictine women send donations to their sisters in the Ukraine

March 14, 2022

“Now I see the horror of war no longer on the news. I see it in the eyes of the people I meet. These are families who have already seen tanks in the squares of their cities or who have had their homes destroyed. They knock on our door without knowing anyone, they see the monastery on the street and they come and ask for refuge,” writes Abbess Klara, Benedictine nuns of the Immaculate Conception of Zhytomyr.... The Benedictine Sisters of Erie have joined with women’s Benedictine monasteries around the world in offering financial support to our sisters and those they serve in the Ukraine. If you would like to offer financial assistance CIB is collecting funds via their PayPal account. All monies donated through this link will go directly to the Benedictine Sisters in Poland for immediate refugee relief. DONATE HERE.

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Art and Spirituality Annual Lecture

Art and Spirituality Annual Lecture: The Spirituality of Icons

March 11, 2022

The 2022 Art and Spirituality Lecture will feature Jeana Visel, OSB on The Spirituality of Icons. There is no fee for this lecture that will be offered virtually on Sunday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. To receive the Zoom link, you can REGISTER HERE. 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.

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Soup Kitchen Opens for Indoor Seating

Soup Kitchen Opens for Indoor Seating

March 11, 2022

“I’m going to come over here and sit and eat with my friends!” said a guest at Emmaus Soup Kitchen, at the first meal served inside the building since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. For almost two years, volunteers and staff have served dinner every day “to-go” style, through a window, in order to protect guests and volunteers from the possibility of being exposed to the virus while eating indoors. But with infection rates falling and vaccination rates rising, it was safe to offer seating again on Wednesday, March 9.

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Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Prioress, Representative Merski, Sister Miriam Mashank, Sister Diane Rabe

Citation in honor of Catholic Sisters Week

March 10, 2022

Pennsylvania State Representative Bob Merski surprised Prioress Stephanie Schmidt and the sisters with a visit and a citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives in honor of Catholic Sisters Week. Sporting his “Caring for Earth, Caring for You" Catholic Sisters Week button, Representative Merski thanked the sisters for their presence and service in Erie. He praised the piece in last Sunday’s Erie Times News written by Sisters Pat Lupo and Dorothy Stoner that situated this year’s CSW theme of caring for the earth at the heart of our faith, as the encyclical Laudato Sí instructs.

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Catholic Sisters Week 2022 Caring for Earth Caring for You

March 9, 2022

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie join the Sisters of St. Joseph of NWPA and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas to celebrate Catholic Sisters Week in Erie. Thank you to Erie News Now for this PSA. Sisters Pat Lupo and Dorothy Stoner contributed a piece in the Erie Times News on Care for the Earth on the Viewpoint page—if you are not a subscriber, click here to read. Visit our Facebook page for daily videos and prayer. Read 

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Catholic Sisters Week 2022

Local Sisters Focus on Caring for Earth, Caring for You during this year's Catholic Sisters Week

March 8, 2022

Catholic sisters work with and advocate for the poor, immigrants, and children throughout the year. They fight injustice, tend to the sick, empower women, promote peace, and offer hope. For one week each year, March 8-14, Catholic Sisters Week shines the spotlight on Catholic Sisters' spirituality, mission, and community-building efforts. View daily videos on our Facebook page.

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In Memoriam: Sister Bernadette Sullivan, OSB

March 4, 2022


Sister Bernadette Sullivan, OSB, 87, died on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Sisters respond to death of Bishop Trautman

Sisters respond to death of Bishop Trautman

March 4, 2022

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie, the Sisters of Mercy, Erie Regional Community, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania join the local Church in mourning the death of Bishop Donald W. Trautman. Bishop Trautman considered Catholic Sisters to be co-workers with him in the ministry of Christ. He modeled faithfulness to our God and our Church and taught us not to be afraid to speak up for the truth, no matter the cost.

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Mayor Joe Schember reads to children at St. Ben's

Mayor Joe Schember reads to children at St. Ben's

March 3, 2022

Who doesn't like Green Eggs and Ham? “You do not like them. So you say," read Erie Mayor Joe Schember to children at St. Benedict Child Development Center. "Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say.” The children in the Center's Head Start classroom might not be convinced to try green eggs and ham, but they certainly liked the Mayor's reading of the Dr. Seuss classic. Five-year-old Izayah was quick to point out, "I like to read books. I like Green Eggs and Ham, but I don't like to eat it!"

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Visit a Monastery: Invitation to Young Women

Visit a Monastery: Invitation to Young Women

March 2, 2022

A guest at the monastery came across a monk searching for a lost earbud and stopped to help. After searching to no avail, the guest asked the monk, “Are you sure you lost it here?” “Oh no, I lost it in the kitchen,” said the monk. “Then why on earth are you looking HERE?!” asked the guest. “Because,” the monk said, the light is better here!” Look in the light for what you seek! We’re inviting a limited number of young women ages 25-45 to join us for Holy Week and Easter, April 9-17. Email [email protected] Download a PDF flier.

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Pray for Peace in Ukraine: Special Silent Peace Walk

Pray for Peace in Ukraine: Special Silent Peace Walk

February 26, 2022

Benedictines for Peace will host a special Silent Peace Walk for those suffering in Ukraine on Monday, February 28, 2022 from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Perry Square (meet near the stage). We will especially be mindful of those suffering from the violent attack, victims of injury and death, those seeking refuge, those trying desperately to protect their children. We will also remember those citizens in Russia who, despite great risk to themselves and their families, are protesting their leader's decision to attack Ukraine. And we will pray for all political leaders that they choose the ways of dialogue and diplomatic resolution of conflict.

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New edition: Emmaus Companion Newsletter

New edition: Emmaus Companion Newsletter

February 24, 2022

The newest edition of Emmaus Ministries' The Companion newsletter is available here. You can also read this week's Emmaus Almanac for more glimpses into the relationships Emmaus creates in its outreach to Erie's hungry. From the February 25 entry: A local grade school had children write cards that would be given out to soup kitchen guests. One child’s message said, “I don’t know you or what you’ve been through, but I believe in you. I’m your friend.”

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Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

February 14, 2022

This is my commandment:
love one another
as I have loved you.
There is no greater love
than to lay down one's life
for one's friends.
—John 15:12-13

Quilter Eileen Melia honors peacemakers & social justice advocates

Quilter Eileen Melia honors peacemakers & social justice advocates

February 12, 2022

Eileen Melia's donation of quilting fabrics to St. Benedict Education Center's The Mending Place comes will a long history of connection and commitment to peace and justice. Eileen calls her quilting a "form of contemplation" and "sewn prayer." She is the founder of Affirmation Quilt Ministry in Arlington, VA and her donation has enabled Mending Place eamstresses Cynthia and Damanta, with their community service participants, to use the fabric in ways that will enrich the lives of others – and invite peace. 

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Sister Marian Wehler: "Shark"

Sister Marian Wehler: "Shark"

February 11, 2022

Erie Benedictine Sister Marian Wehler was one of three "sharks" in a Shark-Tank style Catholic Schools Week activity at Venango Catholic High School in Oil City, PA. Sister Marian ministers with Catholic Rural Ministry and lives in Oil City. When students at the high school entered their ideas about helping their community and the environment into a competition, she was asked to be a "shark." "Each group of students showed imagination and real care for the earth community: water, air, vegetation, bees, birds, green energy, farmers and children," said Sister Marian. "For me, it was fresh hope in our young people who want to make a difference for beautiful common home."
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Benedictine Life a Vision Unfolding

Feast of St Scholastica

February 10, 2022

Today we celebrate St. Scholastica, twin sister of St. Benedict, who led a woman's monastery near St. Benedict's monastery in early 6th century Italy. Although only her reputation as a faithful and holy woman is all that made history books, Benedictines around the world honor her memory today. The Federation of St. Scholastica, to which the Erie Benedictines belong, is celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2022 with a Colloquium, Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding, in our effort to faithfully discern our call as we create the future of those who follow Benedict and Scholastica. The Colloquium, June 21-24, is open to the public.

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New podcast interview with Sister Valerie Luckey

New podcast interview with Sister Valerie Luckey

February 9, 2022

Listen to a new radio podcast interview with Sister Valerie Luckey, OSB, Ministry Assistant at Emmaus Ministries, in which she answers questions about many of our Benedictine ministries and our monastic life and presence in the city of Erie. The program is North Coast Views: Programs and Events that Impact Our Community and the interviewer is Brenda Savelli. The interview aired January 30 on Erie's Classy 100.

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Today: Take Back the Site Vigil

Today: Take Back the Site Vigil

February 8, 2022

A Take Back the Site Vigil will be held today, Tuesday, February 8, at 5:15 pm for Levonte Antonio Ford at the site where he was murdered on December 26, 2021, 1921 West 8th Street, Erie, PA. The vigil begins at 5:15 pm and lasts about 15 minutes. Masks will be required at the onsite vigil. This vigil will be livestreamed on the BFP Facebook event page. Please join us as we reclaim the place where violence has occurred. We need to pray for all people who are victims of violence. We must believe that a nonviolent way of life is possible.

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