Monthly Update
August 2017
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Erie Gives Day
August 8

On Erie Gives Day, Tuesday, August 8, a percentage match of your donation will expand your contribution to support: 
  • services to guests at  EMMAUS MINISTRIES  Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Kids' Cafe and or
  • THE NEIGHBORHOOD ART HOUSE programming for inner-city children
The Erie Community Foundation is sponsoring Erie Gives to help local nonprofit organizations raise funds needed for their various missions.
Date: Tuesday, August 8
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: CLICK HERE
Minimum donation: $25   
Discover Your Inner Artist
August 7 or 9

Produce your very own whimsical acrylic painting on canvas under the direction of artist and Neighborhood Art House teacher, Mary Kay Geary. Classes are for adults and will not exceed 10 participants, so register early. Choose from four dates
----  see dates and times below. Registration fee includes all materials, snacks and soft drinks.

For additional information and reservations (required) contact Mary Kay at 814-490-2807 or email

Date/Time: Monday, Aug 7 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Date/Time: Wednesday, Aug 9 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Neighborhood Art House, 201 E. 10th Street, Erie
Cost: $35
Women's Writing Circle
August 9

The Women's Writing Circle will meet the 2nd Wednesday of August. Each session includes discussion of a short reading on a writing topic, introduction of a writing theme through stories and poems, a writing prompt, time for personal writing, and optional sharing in large and small groups. Writers and non-writers welcome.

The Writing Circle creates a safe space for you to develop your own voice and offers you an opportunity to have your words heard and honored without judgment. Each session is stand-alone; come to as many or as few as you are able.

Facilitated by Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB. Click here for more information or to sign up. 

Date: Wednesday, August 9
Time: 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Location: The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th, Erie
Cost: Free and open to the public
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
August 19

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, August 19
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location Change: Mount St. Benedict Monastery, 6101 E Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required
Mark your calendar for 2017: Oct 21, Nov 11, Dec 9

Silent Peace Walk
August 30

On International Peace Walk Day, join us as we walk slowly in silence for 20 minutes for peace, beginning and ending with a short gathering. Walk in peace, for peace, with people from all walks of life, and make a statement to the world.
Click here for a flier to distribute and/or post. 

Sponsored by Benedictines for Peace. For more information, email Anne McCarthy, OSB, BFP Coordinator.

Date: Wednesday, August 30
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Begins and ends at 345 East 9th Street in the playground area
Cost: Free, all are welcome

Save the Date
Taste of the Arts
September 12

Save the date for the annual gala that supports the Neighborhood Art House program. Enjoy the artwork and performances of the children, a silent auction of works by professional artists, a delicious buffet, and a treasure board of gifts.

Questions? Contact Patti Eichen at the Art House, 814-455-5508 or visit  

Date: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Under the tent at the Neighborhood Art House, 201 E. 10th Street, Erie
Cost: $75
The Loving Search for God Retreat
with Rev. William Meninger, OCSO
Sept. 15-16

William Meninger, OCSO, Trappist monk, prolific author, retreat leader, is one of three principal architects of the Centering Prayer movement. The September retreat is a collaborative effort sponsored by Erie Contemplative Outreach, Saint George Church, Our Lady of Mercy, the House of Prayer, and the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. Participation is limited to 120 persons.
Click here to register now-participation is limited. 
For more information, contact Joe Sarbak, 814-746-1015.
Date: Friday, Sept. 15 - Saturday, Sept. 16
Time: Begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday, ends at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Cost: $95 includes program and four meals (overnight accommodation NOT included) 
Save the Date
Vera Bradley Purse Bingo
October 1

St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Association will sponsor its second Vera Bradley Purse Bingo at the Harborcreek Social Hall on Sunday, October 1. Mark your calendars. Complete details will be available soon.  

Contact Ann Comstock at 899-0614 ext. 2573 or email for tickets.
Date: Sunday, October 1
Time: Afternoon, TBA
Location: Harborcreek Social Hall, 7275 Buffalo Rd, Harborcreek PA
Cost: $25

Receive alerts from Benedictines for Peace each time there is a
--Take Back the Site Vigil
--An Immigration Reform Prayer Vigil
--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 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.