Monthly Update
March 2018
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Climate Change Film
March 1
This 2017 film sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth" follows former Vice President  Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" is one hour and 38 minutes long and addresses the progress of ongoing efforts to persuade go vernment leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of the  2016 Paris Agreement.

Join us in the Museum Lobby at 6 p.m. to visit environmental vendors and learn about environmental organizations. You can also find information about environmental issues on the CARE page of the Benedictine Sisters website.

For more information, email Sister Pat Lupo.
Click here to download an information flier.

Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Erie Maritime Museum Lobby and Hirt Auditorium
Cost: Free, all are welcome

Discover Your Inner Artist at the Neighborhood Art House
March 2
Tap into your "inner artist" under the direction of Erie artist and Neighborhood Art House teacher, Mary Kay Geary. This acrylic painting class for adults will be held at the Art House and your registration fee of $35 includes all materials, snacks and soft drinks.
Class is limited to 15 participants so register now by calling the Art House: 814-455-5508.

For more information, email Sister Annette Marshall 
Date: Friday, March 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Neighborhood Art House, 201 East 10th Street, Erie
Cost: $35 includes all materials, snacks and soft drinks
Lenten Vigils
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
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery Chapel, 6101 East Lake Road, Erie, PA
Open to the public
Souper Book Swap
March 6

Enjoy delicious homemade soups, breads and desserts at this Mercyhurst University faculty-sponsored event that supports the Neighborhood Art House. Previously owned books will also be available for purchase.
For more information email Sister Annette Marshall or call 814-455-5508.
Date: Tuesday, March 6
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Mercyhurst University - Student Union; enter through the main gate and park in first lot to the right
Cost: $5 donation
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
March 10

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: April 21, May 19

Date: Saturday, March 10
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required
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
New eCourse from Monasteries of the Heart
Begins March 12

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 and register now at  Monasteries of the Heart

Dates: March 12-30
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20

Silent Peace Walk
March 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.

This event is sponsored by Benedictines for Peace. For more information, email Sister Anne McCarthy , BFP Coordinator. Visit the Benedictines for Peace webpage .

Follow our new BFP Facebook page to receive news, actions and alerts.

Sign up to receive reminders and alerts from BFP for Silent Peace Walks, Take Back the Site Vigils, Immigration Vigils and other events.

Date: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Poetry Park, 634 E. 22nd 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
11th Annual Art & Sole Run/Walk
June 9

Mark your calendar! The 11th Annual Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk will welcome 400+ runners and walkers on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Neighborhood Art House.
For more information email Sister Annette Marshall or call 814-455-5508.
Chapter 57 Online Store
Hand-crafted greeting card

Visit our new  online store, a smaller version of our monastery gift shop, Chapter 57

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

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.