Monthly Update
April 2018
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Chapter 57 Online Gallery and Store
Select items from the 2018 Women's Art Show,  Creation, are available for sale at our new online store and Gallery. The store is a smaller version of our monastery gift shop, Chapter 57.
Visit the Gallery here

Items from the Art Show are available until April 29. Purchases will be shipped the following week.
Other online offerings include Mount St. Benedict Monastery t-shirts and sweatshirts, hand-crafted greeting cards, select artwork, and music and prayer resources.

Young People's Chorus of Erie
April 7
The Young People's Chorus of Erie, a youth outreach program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend, will perform a concert, You Will Be Found, at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. "You will be found is the title of a song from the hit Broadway musical 'Dear Evan Hansen,' and its message of inclusion and interdependence is the inspiration for this year's spring concert," explains Dr. Gabrielle Dietrich, Artistic Director. "Bullying, isolation, and the feeling of not fitting in are experiences most human beings hold in common, yet most of us feel ashamed, anxious, and cut off from one another when we go through these experiences. The music we are singing encourages us to find our own center and value ourselves, but it also reminds us of our connection to the people around us."
Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Cost: Free, all are welcome

How Shall We Live: 
The Six Pillars of Monastic Life
Begins April 16

"How shall I live?" Isn't that the question each of us presses to our heart as we move through our days? It's the same question that Benedict of Nursia addressed 1,500 years ago. Sister Joan Chittister has selected six pillars that she believes are integral to Saint Benedict's Rule and essential to meeting the challenges of our times. They are work, holy leisure, stewardship, community, humility, and peace. This eCourse will present you with insights on integrating these values more deeply in your life.

Read more and register now at Monasteries of the Heart.

Dates: April 16 - May 4
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20
Silent Peace Walk
April 18

Silent Peace Walks promote inner peace which does away with fear, divisions, and hatred, and brings about peace and unity in the world. We begin with a peace poem, walk single file in silence for 20 minutes, and end with a peace poem and chant. All are welcome to join this simple, public nonviolent action for peace.

The April Silent Peace Walk at LEAF takes us in spring to a beautiful space dedicated to the importance of trees in our lives.

This event is sponsored by Benedictines for Peace. For more information, email Sister Anne McCarthy , BFP Coordinator, or visit the Benedictines for Peace webpage .

Follow our new BFP Facebook page to receive news, actions and alerts.

Sign up to receive reminders and alerts from BFP for Silent Peace Walks, Take Back the Site Vigils, Immigration Vigils, and other events.

SAVE THE DATE: The May Silent Peace walk will be Thursday, May 10, at Eastside Grassroots Coalition, JFK Center Kid's Cafe.

Date: Wednesday, April 18
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: LEAF (Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park) Gather near the parking lot, 6th and Frontier Streets.
Cost: Free, all are welcome

Stillpoint Day of Reflection
April 21

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.

NEW: Register online here.

Email Sister Margaret Zeller for more information. 

Date: Saturday, April 21
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required
Lecture: Love Canal : 40 Years Later
April 23

The Sister Maura Smith Earth Day Lecture at Mercyhurst University features Lois Gibbs, who founded the Love Canal Homeowners' Association in 1978, and led residents of Love Canal in their struggle for relocation away from a toxic waste dump site. Gibbs will speak on "Love Canal 40 Years Later: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go from Here?"

This lecture is part of the Charlene M. Tanner Speaker Series. It is in memory of Charlene, who was an Oblate of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, and is a gift of her partner Oblate Doris Cipolla.

Erie Benedictines for Peace is promoting this lecture.  For more information, email Janice Etchison, Oblate   or click here .

Date: Monday, April 23
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mercyhurst University, Taylor Little Theater, 501 E. 38th Street, Erie
Cost: Free, all are welcome
Mid-Life/Long-Life Retreat for  Personal and Spiritual Growth for Adults 
May 18-20, 2018

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 more information and a downloadable registration form o r contact Sister Rosanne Loneck, certified Mid-Life/Life-Long consultant: 814-899-0614 or email.  
Date: May 18-20, 2018
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Recommended donation: $275 resident; $200 commuter
11th Annual Art & Sole Run/Walk
June 9

REGISTER NOW for the 11th Annual Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk which will welcome 400+ runners and walkers on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Neighborhood Art House.

Click here for more information and to register. 

For more information email Sister Annette Marshall or call 814-455-5508.

Receive reminder alerts from Benedictines for Peace each time there is a
--Take Back the Site Vigil
--A Silent Peace March
--An event or action that BFP is supporting
CLICK HERE to read more and sign up. 
Play Pickleball™ 
Call for schedule
Playing Pickleball® at SBCC is different from 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.