Monthly Update
February 2018
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Lenten Vigils
February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24
"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
Lenten Vigils will take place every Saturday during Lent at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. Guests are welcome.
Reflections will be given by:
Date: Saturdays during Lent beginning February 17
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery Chapel, 6101 East Lake Road, Erie, PA
Open to the public

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Make your Lent (Ash Wednesday is February 14) a time to pray more by joining in the daily prayer of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie with our inclusive language psalter, That God May Be Glorified.
To enhance your prayer experience, when you purchase That God May Be Glorified by February 14 you will receive two hymns and two canticles sung by the Benedictine Sisters. These free downloadable mp3 files can be added to your music library.

Visit Chapter 57 for other initial online offerings which include Mount St. Benedict Monastery t-shirts and sweatshirts, hand-crafted greeting cards, select artwork and music and prayer resources. 
Location: Online click here 
Shipping to U.S. addresses available or pick up at monastery
Monthly Book Discussion
February 1
Join a monthly book discussion at The Writing Studio. Our current book of choice is Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, a personal selection of her best work spanning more than five decades. Please choose three or four poems  from pages 69-141 to share with the group. If you don't have the book yet, listen as we read the poems aloud and join in the sharing.

Email Oblate  Janice Etchison for more information. 
Visit the Writing Studio website to join our email list.

Date: Thursday, February 1
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Writer's Studio at Saint Mary's: Space to Create, 310 East 10th Street, Erie, enter at rear
Cost: Small donation to cover snack and beverage costs

Stillpoint Day of Reflection
February 3

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: March 10, April 21, May 19

Date: Saturday, February 3
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required

New eCourses from Monasteries of the Heart
Begin  February 19 and  March 30

Monasteries of the Heart is offering two new eCourses starting in February and March. Each eCourse runs for three weeks.

-Give Me A Word: Journey into Lent with the Desert Mothers and Fathers, who grappled with the same struggles we all do and whose truths and insights have stood the test of time.
-Monastery Scribes: Every other day during this eCourse you will receive a poem, a reflective passage, an art piece, a musical piece, or a prayer along with writing prompts for you to play with. Expect at least one surprise about yourself-what you believe, what you care about, what is your heart's desire.

Read more about each eCourse and register now at Monasteries of the Heart

Give Me a Word: February 19
Monastery Scribes: March 30
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20 each eCourse
Silent Peace Walk
February 22

Silent Peace Walks promote inner peace which does away with fear, divisions and hatred and brings about peace and unity in the world. Mercyhurst University Campus Ministry is cosponsoring the February Silent Peace Walk. 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: The March Silent Peace Walk will be on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Poetry Park, 634 East 22nd Street.

Date: Thursday, February 22
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mercyhurst University, meet at the Mary Statue
(Enter through main gates on East 38th Street and park in the lot that faces E. 38th St. immediately to the right.)
Cost: Free, all are welcome
Nonviolence Training
February 24
River Nelson

This will be a basic, interactive nonviolence training workshop that introduces nonviolent principles, methods and overview of some nonviolent campaigns. Exercises will include role plays with a variety of scenarios: communicating with an opponent, intervening to protect others, protest methods, etc. Participation for the entire time is required and lunch is included.
For more information, email Sister Anne McCarthy.
Date: Saturday, February 24
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Cost: Donations accepted, all are welcome

Women Who Are Called:
Honoring Three Women of Justice
March 11

This special National Catholic Sisters Week event will honor Rita Brocke, RSM, Marlene Bertke, OSB, and Mary Claire Kennedy, SSJ, three women of justice. The program, cosponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Sisters of St. Joseph of NWPA, Sisters of Mercy NY PA West Community and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, will be followed by a reception.
For more information, email Sister Anne McCarthy.
Date: Sunday, March 11
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
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.