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Reflection on Ordinary Time

Enjoy a few minutes of contemplation as you view the grounds of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. The liturgical season of Ordinary Time is a reminder that "contemplation is the center of the Christian life" (The Liturgical Year: the spiraling adventure of the spiritual life by Joan Chittister, OSB).

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Walking in the Holy Presence: The Liturgy of Life
August 24, 2016

Postulant Val Luckey reflects on the “liturgy of life” after a weekend visit with Sisters Mary Hoffman (left) and Phyllis Schleicher who work in Catholic Rural Ministry in the Diocese of Erie, specifically Potter and McKean counties.

She correlates her experience to the Liturgy of the Hours, the rhythm of prayer and opus dei (work of God) that holds a place of primacy in the monastery. “As I reflected on the visit to our sisters in Port Allegany this past weekend,” explained Val, “I realized that I found a...

We're Standing on Holy Ground
August 24, 2016

Since 1999 the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwest, PA, and the Sisters of Mercy, along with the oblates and associates of each respective community, have joined together to take back sites that have been marked by violence. The service for Linda Bannon Gordon, Erie’s sixth homicide this year, was held on Tuesday, August 23.

A group gathered at the site where the body of Ms. Gordon was found on July 22nd. In an effort to encourage peaceful means to conflict resolution, all joined in prayer: “. . . Teach us the sanctity of life . . . help us to live...

Memorial Gathering Honors Sister Rita Groner
August 23, 2016

Therapy Dogs United celebrated the memory of Sister Rita Groner, a dedicated 9 year volunteer, who passed away unexpectedly in July. A number of volunteers, friends and family gathered for a special dinner on the Victorian Princess. Longtime volunteer, David Buzard, shared his thoughts and memories and said, “I can imagine Sister Rita in heaven surrounded by therapy dogs as she reads to them, one of the things that endeared her to many.”

Sister Mary Jane Vergotz, read...

Meet Greg Robinson, SBEC Program Participant
August 22, 2016

Greg Robinson learned firsthand that a new job is good both for your finances and for your health. Some years ago, he was working at a fiberglass factory, an environment that proved toxic to his health. He needed to find a “cleaner” job. Today, he works in the housekeeping department at Corry Memorial Hospital and his health and well-being have dramatically improved.

Greg will tell you, however, that his road was not an easy one. When he arrived on the doorstep of SBEC, he was on disability and quite demoralized. “I thought I was going to fail. I was just thinking negatively at the...

Fairview cares
August 19, 2016

Shirley Whaley accepts donations from: John Feketi, director of facilities, Carol Elliott, 3rd grade teacher, Erik Kincade, superintendent of the Fairview School District. Superintendent Erik Kincade oversees the annual “Fairview Cares” fundraiser where students in his district raise money—$25,000 in 2016—for four different charities. This year Emmaus Ministries was one of the recipients and Erik and his wife Shannon decided to continue the spirit of “Fairview Cares” by parking their 24’ box truck in various Fairview neighborhoods during August and asking residents to fill it with items...

Stranger Things
August 12, 2016

Read Postulant Val’s most recent entry on her blog, Walking in the Holy Presence. She reflects on the next step in her Initial Monastic Formation journey: the Novitiate. She ends by saying: "I have no doubt that the novitiate will challenge me in many ways. I have no doubt that this community will support me through the challenges. I have no doubt the journey is worth it." Do take a few minutes to read it in its entirety.

SBEC and Gary Horton of E.F. Smith Quality of Life Learning Center
August 12, 2016

For more than 10 years, E.F. Smith Quality of Life Learning Center has partnered with St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC) to improve the literacy and employment prospects of those living in the Erie community. Quality of Life offers GED preparation for those needing a high school diploma and is a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) center.

Many of the participants at SBEC require such services as part of their job preparation curriculum. SBEC does not attempt to duplicate excellent programs and services that are offered elsewhere in the city. Rather, SBEC will partner with...

There's Nothing like a Good Archivist
August 10, 2016

“The Introductory Archives Workshop for Religious Communities was a wonderful learning experience,” said Sister Theresa Zoky, community archivist. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend.” The event, sponsored by the Claretian Missionaries of Chicago, IL, was hosted by the Sisters of Charity at the Marillac Center in Leavenworth, KS.

“Archivists provide important benefits and services including identifying and preserving essential parts of the cultural heritage of society; organizing and maintaining the documentary record of institutions, groups, and individuals;...

Postulant Valerie Luckey Requests Entrance into the Novitiate
August 9, 2016

“Ever since I decided to begin seeking with this community two years ago and entered the postulancy a year later, the word that has centered me has been authenticity,” said Postulant Val. “This is because I am seeking the place that is the best fit for me as I journey toward my authentic self. And, for me, that journey is the journey of seeking God fully.”

At a special chapter meeting of the community Postulant Val Luckey requested entrance into the novitiate. “During my postulancy, more than ever, I have learned that I am responsible for that journey [of seeking God fully]; and...

Today is the Day
August 9, 2016

TODAY, Tuesday, August 9, is ERIE GIVES DAY. Between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. EST a percentage match of your donation will expand your contribution to support Neighborhood Art House programming for inner-city children or services to guests at Emmaus Ministries Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Kids' Cafe.

The Erie Community Foundation is sponsoring Erie Gives to help local nonprofit organizations raise funds needed for their various missions.


A blessing offered, a blessing received
August 8, 2016

“It was such an honor,” said Sister Carolann McLaughlin as she reflected on her part in the 21st annual Walk for Small Animals event. Sister Carolann offered the blessing that opened the fundraiser for Because You Care, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to the welfare of small animals. “Being chosen to give the blessing to animals and owners alike for such a worthy cause was special.” Sister Carolann, along with her dog, Rusty, has been active in ...