Monthly Update
April 2020

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Message From Sister Anne Wambach 
During this pandemic while we shelter in place, our offerings are restricted to online opportunities. As Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, writes in her latest update, "There will be no public services at the monastery as we strive to support the public requests for minimizing both group and personal interactions. This means that the Monastery will, in essence, continue to be closed to guests and visitors indefinitely."

PRAY WITH US:  Always, online

We welcome you to pray a daily psalm, Benedictus, or Magnificat with us here. 

You can reflect on each day's reading of the Rule of Benedict here.

And please join us in praying for others, or add your own prayer intention here. 

Mary of Nazareth: 
Reflections from Joan Chittister
Open access, any time

 Monasteries of the Heart would like to offer everyone open access to Mary of Nazareth: Reflections from Joan Chittister. May the meditative Hail Mary sung by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and the reflections from Joan Chittister on Mary as a strong woman who lived through difficult and trying circumstances----  but found the fingerprint of God in all of them----  bring you some comfort and hope during this difficult time. You must have a free membership account at Monasteries of the Heart to access the eRetreat. Click here.
Date and time: Online at your convenience
Location: Monasteries of the Heart, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie
All are welcome

Lenten Vigil for Immigration Justice
April 3 Moved Online

Lenten Vigil for Immigration Justice will be held online. We will give witness and join our voices on behalf of all migrants: to help bring an end to the inhumane Remain in Mexico policy and to protect the sacred humanity of all people.
Co-sponsors include: Social Justice and Life Office, Diocese of Erie, Erie NETWORK Grassroots Advocates, Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern PA, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas NYPPAW, and students from Gannon and Mercyhurst Universities.
Click here for an audio recording and to download the prayer and prayer cards.

Date and time: April 3 at 12:15 p.m.
All are welcome
Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace 
40th Anniversary
April 10 Online

The 40th Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace, sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, will be offered as an online experience available Good Friday, April 10, click here.  

The theme of this year's stations is "The Way of the Cross; The Way of the Migrant." Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters, explained, "For forty years, we have gathered on Good Friday in prayerful remembrance of the passion and death of Jesus. We have walked through our city, calling to mind Jesus' journey to the cross 2000 years ago, as we prayed at places where Christ is still suffering, in the agony and oppression of our brothers and sisters today." 

The online video offering will be a virtual pilgrimage and will include pictures of the planned stops, local places that remind us or connect with migrants and refugees suffering today, and visuals, refrains, and movement as prayer aids. A downloadable pdf of the text of the readings at each station will also be included online.
D ate and time: April 10
All are welcome

I n closing we offer this prayer written by Sister Val Luckey for the Vigil of the Feast of the Annunciation last month:

God of Life, you are speaking to us in new and challenging ways right now. Help us to listen to one another with compassion. Help us to listen to our fears and then, to go deeper, to hear the call of Love in these days of uncertainty. As we seek your voice, let us respond with a resounding "Yes!" to the potential for new and unexpected ways that we might bring life into this period of barrenness, for we have faith that nothing is impossible with You. We ask this through Mary, the mother of our salvation. Amen.