Monthly Update
March 2017
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Benedictines for Peace
Justice for Immigrants Vigil
March 3
Join Benedictines for Peace for the monthly first-Friday vigil, a public prayer for Justice for Immigrants. This simple vigil includes prayers, silence and songs and lasts 30 minutes. In addition to prayer, we will distribute fliers with information on rights especially designed for new Americans. 
For more information contact Sister Anne McCarthy, Benedictines for Peace Coordinator.
Date: Friday, March 3
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Outside the Federal Building, 6th and State
The public is encouraged to attend
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.
As she takes you through the Sacred Music of Lent, Sister Jean will encourage you to ask for open ears, to pay attention to the feelings arising as you listen to the music selections. Ponder the familiar scripture texts and reflection quotes that accompany each post. Then, "Listen again to the music," she says. "Sink into the stillness. Slow your breath."

Click here to read more about this opportunity to register.

Dates: March 5 - March 30
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $30 
Take Back the Site Vigil
March 9 
Join us for a Take Back the Site vigil for murder victim Lavell Beason, killed January 23, 2017.
The 15-minute Take Back the Site public prayer vigils are held at the site of any death in the city of Erie caused by an act of violence to reclaim the site for nonviolence with our prayerful presence. During the vigil, we pray for the loved ones of the person who was murdered and for the loved ones of the person who committed the murder. Family, friends, neighbors and those committed to being a presence for peace and non-violence take part in the vigils.
We have met for TBTS vigils more than 100 times since they began in 1999. The Benedictine Sisters, the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy, along with their oblates and associates, lead the vigils.
For more information contact Sister Anne McCarthy, Benedictines for Peace Coordinator.
Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: East 22nd and Ash Streets.
The public is encouraged to attend

Stillpoint Day of Reflection
March 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, March 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 2018: Apr 8, May 20, Jun 24, Aug 19, Sep 15-16, Oct 21, Nov 11, Dec 9

Opening Reception
Women's Art Show - Diversity
March 12
Digital art by Jo Clarke, Oblate
Quote from Monty Python
Please join us for the opening reception of the 2017 Women's Art Show at Mount St. Benedict Monastery on Sunday, March 12. The theme for this year's show, which runs through April 30, is "Diversity."
For more than 15 years the Chapter 57 Gallery, under the direction of Artist of the Monastery Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, has celebrated Women's History Month with the Women's Art Show. This year's display once again promises a variety of works by many talented artists.
Musicians Sister Jean Wolbert and Benedictine Women Service Corps volunteer Erin Carey will perform at the reception and refreshments will be served.
Dates: Sunday, March 12, Opening Reception; Show continues through Sunday, April 30
Time: Reception from 10:30 a.m. - noon
Location: Chapter 57 Gallery at Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Free and open to the public

Committee for Alternative Resource Energy 
New Web Resource Now Available
The CARE Committee invites you to visit their new page on the Benedictine Sisters of Erie website. "The goal of our new page is to extend the work of our committee-to provide resources and information for those who would like to join us in making a positive difference in our effort to slow climate change," explained chairperson Marlene Trambley, Benedictine oblate.
The new page offers articles, web links, videos and other resources. "We also invite our readers to suggest resources that we can share on the page or to tell us about the work you are doing to conserve and protect resources," said Marlene. Visit the page here. 
The mission of CARE is to positively respond to the challenge of climate change by serving as a resource for the Benedictine Sisters as they seek to reach their goal of carbon neutrality, and by promoting sustainable energy use by the general public.
Date: Available now
Location: CARE Web Page

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.