Monthly Update
January 2018
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Dear  ,
If you have already made a Christmas gift to the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, THANK YOU!

If you haven't, there is still time to make a tax deductible gift before the New Year. 
Click here to go to our secure online giving page.

On behalf of all the Sisters...THANK YOU!
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
Monthly Book Discussion
January 4
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. On January 4, we will discuss our favorite poems from Sections 3, 4 and 5. If you don't have the book yet, listen as we read the poems aloud and join in the sharing.

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

Date: Thursday, January 4
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
January 6

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: Feb. 3, Mar. 10, Apr. 21, May 19

Date: Saturday, January 6
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required

Women's Writing Circle
January 10

Women's Writing Circle usually meets the 1st Wednesday of the month...but we'll begin again in 2018 on January 10. It is open to writers and non-writers alike. 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.
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 to sign up. 

Date: Wednesday, January 10
Time: 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Location: The Writing Studio, 310 East 10th, Erie
Cost $5 each session for refreshments and materials  
New eCourses from Monasteries of the Heart
Begin January 16,  February 19 and  March 30

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

-Friendship of Women:
The best defense against the rampant sexism in our culture is the support, friendship, and sisterhood that women can offer each other. "Friendship is the sacrament of possibility," writes Joan Chittister. Learn which qualities make a friendship strong and give it the potential to be transformative by participating in this eCourse based on Sister Joan's book Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible.
-Respond with Nonviolence: a Benedictine Approach to the World
: Peace and relationships based on justice and respect are hallmarks of Benedict's Rule. This eCourse will be more workshop than retreat with prayer, input, and nonviolent experiments complete with evaluation process and feedback loop.
-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

Friendship of Women: January 16
Respond with Nonviolence: January 16
Give Me a Word: February 19
Monastery Scribes: March 30
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20 each eCourse
Silent Peace Walk
January 18

Silent Peace Walks promote inner peace which does away with fear, divisions and hatred and brings about peace and unity in the world. On the week of the Martin Luther King Holiday, we will walk on the sidewalks around the prison, aware that nationally, African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites.

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: February's Silent Peace Walk is Thursday, 
February 22, at the Mercyhurst University

Date: Thursday, January 18
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Erie County Prison, 1618 Ash Street 
(Park at Durst Trucking parking lot, across Ash Street from the Prison entrance.)
Cost: Free, all are welcome

Enrichment Series
Judaism today: a modern look at an ancient
January 24
Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov will share the ways in which Judaism is vibrant and re levant for all people. She will discuss the main tenets of Reform Judaism and how it continues to evolve. Rabbi Emily is the spiritual leader of Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie.

For more information email Sister Stephanie Schmidt , Formation Director, or call 814-899-0614 ext. 2511

Date: Wednesday, January 24
Time: 7:00 p.m
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery, 6101 E Lake Road
Free and open to the public
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.