Monthly Update
February 2017
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Take Back the Site Vigil
February 2 

Once again, violence has touched the city of Erie.
As is the custom of the Benedictines Sisters of Erie and their oblates, along with the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy and their associates, a Take Back the Site Vigil has been scheduled.
Please join us in prayer to reclaim the place where the violence occurred and to pray for the victim Darrin (DeJay) Germany, Jr. and the victim's family as well as for the unnamed perpetrators.

For more information email Anne McCarthy, OSB.
Date: Thursday, February 2
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Intersection of Prospect Avenue and June Streets
Benedictines for Peace
Justice for Immigrants Vigil
Lift the Muslim Ban
February 3
Please join us for a 30-minute public vigil to pray that all refugees and immigrants may be welcomed.
For more information, email Anne McCarthy, OSB  or click here to visit our homepage.
Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Federal Building, 6th and State
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
February 11
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, February 11
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 E Lake Rd
Cost: $15, registration required

Mark your calendar for our next retreat: Saturday, March 11

Lent Vigils with the Erie Benedictines
March 4 and each Saturday of Lent
"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]
Lent Vigils begin Saturday, March 4 (Ash Wednesday is March 1). Mark your calendars to join us for prayer and reflection at 7:00 p.m. in the monastery chapel each Saturday of Lent.
Dates: Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 and 8
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery Chape
Sacred Music of Lent eRetreat
March 5 - March 30
You can experience the treasure of both Scripture and music in Sacred Music of Lent, a four-week eRetreat at Monasteries of the Heart with Erie Benedictine Sister Jean Wolbert, an accomplished musician and former liturgy director for the monastery. 

Click here to read more about this opportunity to immerse yourself in sacred music this Lent and deepen your holy season experience.

Dates: March 5 - March 30
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $30 
NEW for 2017 
Mid-Life/Life-Long Retreats
Registration open for 2017 retreats:
May 5-7
September 8-10
October 6-8
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. 

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

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.