Monthly Update
October 2017
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Cycling with Sisters

Virtually join with four Erie Benedictines and thirteen others as they bike 100 miles from Erie to Niagara Falls, Canada today, Monday, Oct. 2. The ride is in conjunction with the opening of the  Communicators for Women Religious  (CWR) Conference being held in Niagara Falls October 3-6. It's called a "social media and pedaling pilgrimage to promote the social justice work of Catholic sisters" because at various places along the way the riders will stop and share brief information on social justice issues, share some Catholic sisters' initiatives on the issue, and offer prayers on that issue. Click here to download prayer booklet.

We'll be posting throughout the day on our  Facebook  page and on Twitter. Follow us now so you don't miss a post!
Date: Monday, October 2
Time: All day
Location: Online at Erie Benedictines Facebook page.
Community of Life & Hope 2017
Send us your Prayer Intentions

"The early Christians used an anchor as a symbol of hope," Pope Francis said, "To have our hearts anchored up there where our loved ones are, where the saints are, where Jesus is, where God is - that is hope. That is the hope that doesn't disappoint."

Dear ,

Most of us have experienced a profound grief when a dear friend, family member, or even a cherished pet dies. I'm certain that, like me, you miss them terribly and think of them often. However, I know that I receive comfort when I honor the memory of my loved ones through prayer.
One of the most important gifts we bring to one another is to support each other in prayer. At times life can be difficult and overwhelming. The support of others can give us strength, bring us hope, and let us know that we are part of a community of love and care.

In November we celebrate our deceased loved ones in a significant way especially on All Saints and All Souls Days. At Mount Saint Benedict Monastery the sisters and I continue this tradition. We invite you to be a part of our prayer community and join us in a truly spiritual way during the entire month of November. We also want to remember the intentions of those still living.

Whether it's for a deceased loved one, or a prayer request for yourself, family, or friends,  just send us the names of those for whom you would like us to pray by  clicking here. You can also  click here to print a PDF version of this letter and send to us via regular mail. All of your names and intentions will be placed in the chapel and be remembered everyday by the entire community. Also, a sister will include your intentions and your loved ones in her own daily prayers.
I hope you will accept this invitation to a special Mass on the Feast of Christ the King at the monastery, Sunday, November 26 at 9:30 a.m., followed by coffee and breads.
We give thanks for the blessings and hope you bring to us, and for joining us in prayer,

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB
Creative Writing Conference
October 7

"Any woman who is the least bit interested in writing will find inspiration, skills and, most important, support by attending the Niagara Creative Writing Conference," said Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, coordinator of the Women's Writing Studio. "I am so pleased that Erie's Poet Laureate, Marisa Moks-Unger, is hosting the Conference at the Writing Studio because the International Women's Writing Guild is a pioneer where women are concerned. It has empowered women to tell their stories for over 40 years."

More information is available on The Writing Studio website .

Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Women's Writing Studio at St. Mary's: A Place to Create
310 East 10th Street, Erie, parking in rear
Cost: Click here for fee information.
Wills and Estate Planning Presentation
October 11

Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress, and the Benedictine Sisters Development Office invite you to a presentation on Wills and Estate Planning by Shaun Adrian, Esquire, MacDonald Illig Attorneys. Following the presentation you can enjoy monastery-baked breads with the sisters and have an opportunity to visit Sister Joan Chittister's archive room, Brother Thomas Bezanson's pottery collection, and the monastery chapel. 

Click here for an online reservation form or email Emma Lee McCloskey , Director of Major and Planned Giving, at  or call her at 899-0614 ext. 2415 by October 10.

Date: Wednesday, October 11
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery, 6101 East Lake Road
Cost: Free and open to the public, reservations requested 
Enrichment Series:
When the End is the Beginning-
Walking the Camino de Santiago
October 11

Erie Benedictine oblate Dr. Carol Vaccariello, an ordained minister serving Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ, and Creation Spirituality communities, will share stories and pictures from her pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago (787 km trek on foot across Spain) that will warm your heart, stretch your soul, spark your imagination, and tug at your walking shoes.

Carol is a spiritual coach, retreat leader, captivating speaker and storyteller who has studied and taught on six continents. She is the author of the recently released The Lion of God Archangel Ari'El.

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

Date: Wednesday, October 11
Time: 7:00 p.m
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery, 6101 E Lake Road
Free and open to the public
Presentation: God's People Are Everywhere
October 17

Marian Wehler, OSB, and Tina Geiger, RSM, will share their experiences working in Catholic Rural Ministries, Oil City Deanery. Catholic Rural Ministry began nearly 20 years ago when sisters responded to the need for pastoral care for families in rural areas of the diocese. The presentation is part of "Five Fascinating Tuesdays," a Holy Cross Speaker Series at Holy Cross Church, Fairview, PA.

Click here for more information.

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church, 7100 West Ridge Rd., Fairview, PA
Cost: Free
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
October 21

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 more information. 
Mark your calendar for the final Stillpoint retreats of 2017: Nov. 11 and Dec. 9

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required
Sisters and the Needy in the Diocese
October 24

Linda Romey, OSB will be part of a panel, along with Claire Marie Beichner, SSJ, and JoAnne Courneen, RSM, to share about the numerous outreach programs for women and children, the hungry and homeless, and others "left behind" that Erie's communities of women religious have undertaken. The presentation is part of "Five Fascinating Tuesdays," a Holy Cross Speaker Series at Holy Cross Church, Fairview, PA.
Click here for more information.

Date: Tuesday, October 24
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church, 7100 West Ridge Rd., Fairview, PA
Cost: Free
Silent Peace Walk
October 25

This simple monthly public prayer, step-by-step, is a powerful nonviolent tool to bring peace, beginning with my own heart, to our families, our communities, our nation, our world, and to all of creation. We begin with a peace poem, walk in silence, single file for 20 minutes and end with a peace poem and chant.

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.

Date: Wednesday October 25
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: McBride Viaduct (East Ave and East 12th Street) 
Cost: Free, all are welcome

Living Compassion Today: 
Overnight Retreat in Ludlow, PA
November 8-9

Marian Wehler, OSB and Tina Geiger, RSM, invite you to an overnight retreat to reflect on Pope Francis's "World Day of Peace Message." Anne McCarthy, OSB, will be our Guest Presenter. Retreat includes time for prayer, reflection and sharing with the group after each presentation. Sister Anne leads retreats on nonviolence and monastic spirituality around the country. Long involved in peace and justice ministry nationally and locally, she is on the international board of the Monastic Inter-Religious Dialogue.

Call 814-677-2032 to register or send your registration to:
Catholic Rural Ministry, 7 Pulaski St., Oil City, PA  16301
Include full payment ($50) or a $25 deposit with your registration.

For more information, call Sister Marian at 814-677-2032.

Date: Wednesday and Thursday, November 8-9
Time: Noon to Noon
Location: Olmsted Manor Conference Center, Ludlow PA
Cost: $50 ($25 at registration)

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.