Monthly Update
May 2018
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Welcome Spring at Chapter 57 Online Store

Visit our Spring Special at Chapter 57, our online gift shop: A set of five different Haiku cards written by Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB and illustrated by Jo Clarke, Oblate, are on sale for $15. Individual cards are $3.50 each. Save $2.50 when you order the complete set. Click here.

There's also a wide selection of photo, digital art and artistic greeting cards to help you welcome spring.

While you're there, take a look at our music and prayer resources and our t-shirts, sweatshirts. Click here.

Silent Peace Walk
May 17

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 single file in silence for 20 minutes, and end with a peace poem and chant. All are welcome to join this simple, public nonviolent action for peace.

The May Silent Peace Walk will be at the Eastside Grassroots Coalition JFK Center Kids' Café. We will join with the Eastside Grassroots Coalition in their neighborhood, walking together to promote inner peace to support and deepen our shared constructive action for justice and peace. Download a flier here

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

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

from BFP for Silent Peace Walks, Take Back the Site Vigils, Immigration Vigils, and other events.

SAVE THE DATE:  The June Silent Peace walk will be Wednesday, June 20, along the Bayfront Promenade.

Date: Thursday May 17
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Eastside Grassroots Coalition JFK Center Kids' Café
2021 E. 20th St (Park in the lot on 20th Street which is the back of the building, or on the west side of the building.)
Cost: Free, all are welcome

Stillpoint Day of Reflection
May 19

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: June 2, August 18, September 15, October 20

Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required
New eCourse
Great Monastic Women
Begins May 21

How much time do you devote to your inner life? The truth is that enriching your inner life can change your outlook on just about everything. And, fortunately, there are many spiritual giants whose own journeys to wholeness can guide you as you search for fullness and meaning. Where did figures like Dorothy Day or Saints Hildegard of Bingen, Gertrude, or Scholastica, for example, find the inspiration for their lives and work? How did they connect with the divine? What difference can their witness make in your life?

Read more and register now at
Monasteries of the Heart 

Dates: May 21 - June 9
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20
Register Now
11th Annual Art & Sole Run/Walk
June 9

REGISTER NOW for the 11th Annual Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk which will welcome 400+ runners and walkers on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Neighborhood Art House.

Click here for more information and to register. 

For more information email Sister Annette Marshall or call 814-455-5508.
Mid-Life/Long-Life Retreat for  Personal and Spiritual Growth for Adults 
September 7-9, 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.  
Mid-Life/Long-Life Retreat for Personal and Spiritual Growth for Adults
September 7-9
The May weekend is full. 
Register now for the September weekend.
Date: September 7-9
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 from 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.