Monthly Update
April 2017
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Benedictines for Peace
Justice for Immigrants Vigil
April 7
Join Benedictines for Peace in public prayer for Justice for Immigrants. We will be a prayerful public presence for justice for immigrants and refugees each first Friday. This simple vigil includes prayers, silence and songs and lasts 30 minutes. In addition to prayer, we will distribute fliers with information on rights especially designed for new Americans. All are invited to attend.
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For more information contact Sister Anne McCarthy, Benedictines for Peace Coordinator.
Date: Friday, April 7
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Outside the Federal Building, 6th and State
The public is encouraged to attend
Lent Vigil at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery
April 8
"Lent is not a ritual.  It is time given to think seriously about who Jesus is for us, to renew our faith from the inside out." [Joan Chittister, OSB, The Liturgical Year]

Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery Chape
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
April 8
The Stillpoint Contemplative Retreat Day is silent and includes eight sitting sessions with chanting, contemplative walking and teachings. Dress comfortably and bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea provided. You'll have a chance to enjoy a quiet walk outdoors on woodland trails that wind through the monastery grounds. 

Email Sister Margaret Zeller for a registration form. 

Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 E Lake Rd
Cost: $15, registration required

Mark your calendar for 2017: May 20, Jun 24, Aug 19, Sep 15-16, Oct 21, Nov 11, Dec 9

Joan Chittister,  Woman's Club of Erie 
120th Anniversary Celebration
April 12
Register for a Celebration Dinner with Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, author and outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality (topic: The Moral Leadership of Women) in recognition of the Woman's Club of Erie's 120th Anniversary.
For more information, email Patty Raydo 
Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2800 West 8th St., Erie
Cost: $45

Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace
April 14

The 36th Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace, a contemporary Way of the Cross through downtown Erie, will focus on the beatitudes and stories of those who exemplify them. We stop along the way for contemporary stations at sites that symbolize the oppression being felt by people today. We will walk in silence, mindful of the ways Christ is crucified today, and aware that an injustice to one is an injustice to all.
For more information, email BFP or click here for a downloadable flier that lists the stations. 
Date: Friday, April 14
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Begins St. Peter's Cathedral, 10th and Sassafras Streets, Erie
Cost: Free, all are welcome

Cokie Roberts and Joan Chittister: 
In Conversation
April 25
Joan Chittister              Cokie Roberts
Acclaimed political commentator and author Cokie Roberts will join Joan Chittister, "In Conversation" in the 2017 presentation of the Joan D. Chittister Lecture Series at Mercyhurst University. The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets will be available to the public first come, first serve, beginning April 3 at the box office in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center, which is open noon to 5 p.m.
For more information call: 814-824-3000 or visit Mercyhurst University
Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mercyhurst University Performing Arts Center, 501 E 38th St., Erie
Cost: Free, but tickets are required
SBA Alumnae Spring Luncheon
April 29
Join us for the Annual Spring Luncheon and enjoy time with friends and classmates. Mother's Day is coming! Pre-celebrate by bringing your daughters, moms, grandmothers with you to the luncheon-whether they are alums or not. There will be shopping with invited vendors from 9:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will follow at 12:30 pm.
For more information or to sign up, contact Ann Comstock, email or phone 814-899-0614, ext. 2573
Date: Saturday, April 29
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Ambassador Conference Center, 7794 Peach St., Erie
Cost: $25

A Month with Mary of Nazareth
May 1 - May 27
May is the month traditionally devoted to Mary. Spend it with Joan Chittister as she takes a new look at the significant events in the lives of Mary and Jesus. This four-week eRetreat is based on the Rosary and each day you will receive a reflection by Sister Joan on one decade of the rosary and an invitation to chant Mary's special prayer, the Hail Mary, with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.
Click here for more information and to register.
Date: Monday, May 1 - Saturday, May 27
Cost: $35

Women's Reading
May 3
Women who have been meeting at The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th, for writing workshops will host a public reading. 

Sisters participating in the event are: Ann Muczynski, Mary Ellen Plumb, Linda Romey, Val Luckey, Karen Oprenchok, Pat Lupo, Anne McCarthy, and Mary Lou Kownacki.  Oblates participating are: Marlene Trambley, Charlene Serfozo and Joanne Cahill. Liz Allen, long-time columnist for the Erie Times-News, and the Poet Laureate of Erie County, Marisa Moks-Unger, will also read from their works.  The reading is free and light refreshments will be served.

For more information email Sister Mary Lou Kownacki. 
Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th, Erie
Cost: Free and open to the public

Mid-Life/Life-Long Retreat
May 5-7
Register now for a weekend experience and refocus in the midst of life's changes with a Mid-Life/Life-Long Retreat that:
  • provides time to reflect on your past 
  • looks at present reality and future hopes
  • helps you welcome transitions and reclaim gifts
  • incorporates Judeo-Christian spirituality, Jungian and developmental psychology
Click here  for a downloadable registration form. 
Register now for  September 8-10  or  October 6-8.

Contact Sister Rosanne Loneck, certified Mid-Life/Life-Long consultant, for more information: 814- 899-0614 or email

Date: May 5-7
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Recommended donation $250 resident; $175 commuter

Joan Chittister Mini Reader's Retreat
Embracing the Contradictions of Life
May 20
No doubt about it, life is a patchwork of unsolved riddles. Who of us doesn't wrestle with frustration, fear of the unknown, doubt, exhaustion, and the pain of hurt, loss and separation? Too often we label these experiences as obstacles and life-denying. In this Mini Reader's Retreat, Joan Chittister will explore how these contradictions of life can not only lead to your growth, but are the crux of what make you more human.
Date: Saturday, May 20
Time: 9:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Writing Studio at Saint Mary's: Space to Create, 310 East Tenth Street, Erie, enter at rear
Cost: $50

10th Annual Art & Sole 5k Run /Walk
June 3
Are you interested in walking or running for a great cause? If so, the Neighborhood Art House has just the opportunity for you! Register to participate as a runner or walker, as an individual, family or as part of a team using the on-line form or download a form to complete and mail to the Art House. There's a new opportunity as well, a 1k Fun Run for Kids open to children ages 6-12; it will begin at 10:00 am. If you would like to be part of the 10th Anniversary event, but not as a participant, there are lots of volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available.
Questions? email us.
Click here for more information and registration. 
Date: Saturday, June 3
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Neighborhood Art House, 201 E. 10th St., Erie
Cost: $20 adult; $10 children 12 and under; $50 family until May 15

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Online Sales Open
Women's Art Show - Diversity

For the first time artwork featured in the Women's Art Show at Mount St. Benedict Monastery is available for sale online.
The theme for this year's show, which runs through April 30, is "Diversity." For more than 15 years the Chapter 57 Gallery, under the direction of Artist of the Monastery Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, has celebrated Women's History Month with the Women's Art Show. This year's display once again promises a variety of works by many talented artists.

Play Pickleball™ 
Call for schedule
Playing Pickleball® at SBCC is different than playing it anywhere else in the city. We are Erie's only Benedictine gym and being Benedictine means hospitality is one of our top priorities. Your friends, co-workers and family members will enjoy the friendly, unintimidating and even intimate setting of our facility that larger gyms and clubs simply can't offer. We offer you:
  • Two courts with seamless, cushioned flooring that is gentle on joints
  • Court times Monday to Saturday, mornings and evenings
  • Memberships and discount cards available
  • Free use of equipment (paddles and balls)
  • Free lesson on your first visit
  • Private bookings available
Click here for more information or call Sister Dianne Sabol, Director, 814-459-2406, to schedule court times.

Date: Call to schedule
Location: St. Benedict Community Center, 320 East 10th Street, Erie
Cost: Fees vary for regular court times
Spiritual Direction available

Spiritual Direction, sometimes referred to as spiritual guidance or spiritual friendship, is an on-going relationship in which one person (the directee), wanting to be attentive to his or her spiritual life, meets with another person (the director) on a regular basis, specifically for the purpose of becoming more attuned to God's presence in order to respond more fully to that presence in all of life. The primary focus of the session is the directee's relationship with God as it is reflected and challenged by all aspects of that person's life. 

 Visit our Spirituality Page to learn about and/or contact our sisters who are Certified Spiritual Directors. Click here.

 Suggested offering is $30/session.



Guest Accommodations available
One of the greatest gifts monastics can offer is their monastery as a place of prayer and peace, community and care, welcome and hospitality. In doing so monastics take to heart what Benedict advocates: the monastery is a dwelling where guests are to be cherished and respected, where hearts overflow "with the inexpressible delight of love." -Prologue, Rule of Benedict
Come for a week, a weekend, or a single overnight. 
Click here for a guest registration form.