Monthly Update
December 2017
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Christmas Appeal 2017

Dear  ,
Thank you
for your passion and involvement,
together we are changing lives
one person at a time.


Donate Now
to our 2017 Christmas Appeal

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Chapter 57 Online Store
Now Open

Visit our new online store,  a smaller version of our monastery gift shop, Chapter 57. Our first special offer is a set of four Worshipping Angel Cards featuring the stained glass angel windows installed in 1915 in the original Benedictine Sisters of Erie monastery chapel on East 9th Street in Erie. Order here.
Other initial online offerings include Mount St. Benedict Monastery t-shirts and sweatshirts, hand-crafted greeting cards, select artwork and music and prayer resources. Over the coming months, we'll be fine-tuning your shopping experience as we experiment with different options and offerings.
Location: Online click here 
Shipping to U.S. addresses available or pick up at monastery
The Art of Pausing eRetreat
at Monasteries of the Heart
December 2 - 28

What would you begin to see if you were really awake, really alive, to all that surrounds you? And what would it take for you to begin that awakening process? This Advent, amid the busyness of your life and the rush of the coming holidays, take the time to stop for a moment, to breathe deeply, and to capture the beauty around you, by participating in The Art of Pausing, a new eRetreat led by poet, author, and Benedictine oblate Judith Valente. In four audio presentations, Valente will share how to pause and appreciate ordinary sacred moments, how to practice "Vuja de," seeing the familiar with fresh eyes, how to be at ease with "doing nothing," and how to revel in mystery and wonder.

Read more and  register here
Date: Saturday, December 2 - Thursday, December 28
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $30
Advent Vigils
December 2, 9, 16 and 23

Please join us as we celebrate the Vigil of Advent on each Saturday during Advent. Pray with us and watch the light of the Advent candles grow strong and bright as Christmas draws near. Celebrate hope, and in faith open your hearts to the promise of the coming of our God. Each Vigil includes reflections by a sister or oblate.

Saturday, December 2, reflections by Sister Mary Jane Vergotz
Saturday, December 9, reflections by Sister Christine Kosin
Saturday, December 16, reflections by Oblate Marie Wolf
Saturday, December 23, reflections by Sister Joan Chittister
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery Chapel
All are invited

SBA Christmas Party 
December 5
Don't miss the annual SBA Christmas Party. Doors will open at 4:30 pm. Cash Bar available. Sit-down dinner will be
served promptly at 6:45. Over 50 Gift
Baskets will be raffled. Guests are welcome.

Call Ann Comstock now to reserve your place: 814-899-0614 ext. 2573 or   email. 
Date: Tuesday, December 5
Time: 4:30 p.m. doors open; dinner served at 6:45 p.m.
Location: Ambassador Conference Center, 7794 Peach St, Erie
Cost: $35
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
December 9

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. 

Mark your calendar for these 2018 dates: Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 10, Apr. 21, May 19

Date: Saturday, December 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required

Silent Peace Walk
December 14

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 in silence, single file for 20 minutes and end with a peace poem and chant. All are welcome to join this simple, public nonviolent action for peace.

Sponsored by Benedictines for Peace. For more information, email Sister Anne McCarthy, BFP Coordinator. Visit the Benedictines for Peace webpage.

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: January's Silent Peace Walk is Thursday, January 18,  at the Erie County Prison, 18th and Ash Streets.
Date: Thursday, December 14
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Perry Square, west side of State Street
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

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 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.