Monthly Update
September 2017
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Sacred Moments-eCourse with Sister Carolyn
September 11 - October 6
Increase your awareness of the holiness of each day by participating in Sacred Moments: Lectio on Ordinary Time, a Monasteries of the Heart eCourse led by Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski, a Benedictine Sister of Erie and a celebrated retreat leader. This month-long course will pull you deeper into everyday sacred moments and awaken you to the divine presence in your life through the ancient practice of lectio divina, reflective sacred reading. Sister Carolyn's sacred text is the ordinariness of our daily lives. As you pray with her reflections and experiment with her suggested activities, you will be guided to more fully embrace the stuff of your own life, and encounter blessings you may never have noticed before.  

More information and registration at Monasteries of the Heart. Click here.
Date: Monday, September 11 - Friday, October 6
Time: Online as you choose
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $30  
Taste of the Arts
September 12
Save the date for the annual gala that supports the Neighborhood Art House program. Enjoy the artwork and performances of the children, a silent auction of works by professional artists, a delicious buffet, and a treasure board of gifts.

Questions? Email Patti Eichen  or call her at the Art House, 814-455-5508, or visit  

Date: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Under the tent at the Neighborhood Art House, 201 E. 10th Street
Cost: $75
Silent Peace Walk
September 21

In response to the escalating tensions and divisiveness present in our country and our world, Benedictines for Peace hosts monthly Silent Peace Walks. The September Silent Peace Walk is part of 2017 Campaign Nonviolence with over 900 nonviolent actions planned around the country. The silent walk is 20 minutes long and begins and ends with a short gathering. Walk in peace, for peace, with people from all walks of life, and make a statement to the world.

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: Thursday, September 21
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: East Avenue Boat Launch; foot of East Avenue
Cost: Free, all are welcome

Designer Purse Bingo
October 1
St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Association will sponsor a Designer Purse Bingo at the Harborcreek Social Hall on Sunday, October 1. Mark your calendars. Food, beer and wine available; tell your friends...invite your neighbors!

Only 300 tickets will be sold; Email Ann Comstock or call her at 899-0614 ext. 2573 for tickets.
Date: Sunday, October 1
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., doors open at noon
Location: Harborcreek Social Hall, 7275 Buffalo Rd, Harborcreek
Donation: $25

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. 

 Please make reservations by September 25 by  emailing Emma Lee McCloskey, Director of Major and Planned Giving, or calling her at 899-0614 ext. 2415.

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

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

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.