Monthly Update
August 2019
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Stillpoint Day of Reflection
August 3

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 future Stillpoint days: September 28, October 19, November 16, December 7.

Date: Saturday, August 3
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Cost: $15, registration required
Erie Gives Day
August 13

On Erie Gives Day, Tuesday, August 13, a percentage
 match of your donation will expand your contribution to support:  
  • services to guests at EMMAUS MINISTRIES  Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Kids' Cafe and/or
  • THE NEIGHBORHOOD ART HOUSE programming for inner-city children
The Erie Community Foundation is sponsoring Erie Gives to help local nonprofit organizations raise funds needed for their various missions.
Date: Tuesday, August 13
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: CLICK HERE
Minimum donation: $25    

Silent Peace Walk & Cookout
August 21

August is the second anniversary of the monthly Silent Peace Walks, initiated in response to the escalating tensions and divisiveness present in our country and our world. We will gather in the playground area for a cookout (weather depending) followed by a Silent Peace Walk around the Benedictine Block. This block has been the home of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for over 160 years and was the site of our first Silent Peace Walk two years ago. All are welcome to join these simple, public nonviolent actions for peace.
For more information email Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB, BFP Coordinator. 
Date: Wednesday, August 21
Time: 6:00 p.m. COOKOUT; 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Silent Peace Walk
Location: St. Benedict Child Development Center playground, 345 East Ninth Street, Erie
Lectio with Food eCourse
September 9-27

Lectio Divina is traditionally recognized as slow, meditative reading that leads to prayer. Lectio with food is a slow, meditative encounter with food----  preparing it, sharing it and eating it----  that also can lead to prayer. Such mindfulness creates in us a posture of gratitude for the earth that sustains us, and joy in the experience of "juicy rich foods and pure choice wine." Is. 25:6
This three-week eCourse at Monasteries of the Heart will be facilitated by Mary Beth Peterseim, Sharon Piano, Val Luckey, OSB, and Linda Romey, OSB. LISTEN to them share insights from their food lectio experience: CLICK HERE. 
Register now at Monasteries of the Heart. 

Dates: September 9-27
Time: At your convenience
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20
Taste of the Arts
September 10

Save the Date for the 2019 Taste of the Arts: September 10, 2019. Both a major fundraiser and a great evening out, this event celebrates the accomplishments of the inner-city children who attend the Neighborhood Art House. For more information contact
Kelly Stolar


Date: Tuesday, September 10

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Under the tent at the Neighborhood Art House

Cost: $50


Erie CROP Hunger Walk
September 15

The CROP Walk raises money for people around the world who are struggling with hunger, "one step at a time." In Erie, a percentage of the profits are always shared with Emmaus Ministries and other nonprofits that address starvation and malnourishment. Last year, Emmaus received $900 from the 2018 CROP Walk.

For more information, email Rita Scrimenti or Barb Roseborough.

Date: Sunday, September 15
Time: Registration 12:30 p.m., walk 2:00 p.m.
Location: Presque Isle State Park - Beach 1
Cost: Donations are accepted
Adapted Sports Program
September 19

The Fall session of the Adapted Sports Program for people with physical challenges will begin on Thursday, September 19, at St. Benedict Community Center. 

Call Sister Dianne Sabol, OSB at 459-2406 for more information.
Date: Thursdays, September 19 - October 10
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Benedict Community Center, 320 East 10th Street, Erie

Emmaus Grove: Harvest Fest
September 29

Emmaus' Harvest Fest celebrates another successful season of produce at Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School. Join us for live music, food, and tours of the garden.
For more information, email Sister Mary Miller, OSB.
Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School, 214 East 11th Street, Erie
Cost: All are welcome
Two Days with Edwina Gateley
October 18-19

Edwina Gateley,  recipient of the  2019 "Prophet of Peace" award, given by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, will be guest speaker at two events in Oil City: "A Call to Personal and Global Transformation," and "Rediscovering and Claiming the Feminine Soul." Come and be inspired by Edwina, poet, mystic, prophet, advocate and single mother who helps her audiences realize that small steps can make a huge difference.
A Call to Personal and Global Transformation
Date: Friday, October 18
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Clarion University, Venango Campus, Oil City
Cost: TBD
Rediscovering and Claiming the Feminine Soul
Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: 1st Presbyterian Church, Oil City
Cost: TBD
Catholic Rural Ministry is sponsoring these events. Contact Sister Marian Wehler, OSB, for more information or to register. Call 814-677-2032 or email. Include name and telephone number. Note whether you'll attend Friday or Saturday or both.
New Spiritual Director Joins Existing Directors

Sister Stephanie Schmidt joins Sisters Rose Ann Kolbas, Rosanne Loneck, and Marian Wehler in offering spiritual direction. 

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 these sisters who are Certified Spiritual Directors. Click here.
Suggested offering is $30/session.
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
Weaving Classes

Weaving classes provide instruction for beginner and intermediate weavers. Beginners will learn how to warp a loom, and weave tabby and twill fabric in the form of a sampler that can be used as place-mats or a runner. Intermediate students will be instructed based on their level of knowledge. Floor and table looms are provided for use during class time and materials are available.

Loom rentals: The studio has several large 4-harness looms and one 8-harness loom that can be rented by experienced weavers for in-studio use if they not in use by a student. Cost: $10 per day. Click here for more information.

If you are interested contact Oblate Barbara Hauck, 814-449-2217 or  emaIlClick here to download a flier. 
Date: Thursdays and/or Saturdays
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Studio at St. Mary's Space to Create, 310 East 10th Street, parking and entrance in rear
Cost: $195 plus materials cost for six weeks
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.