Monthly Update
December 2019
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December 3

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. To raise awareness and support for the charitable, educational, and spiritual ministries of the Diocese of Erie, the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania is participating for the first time ever in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day as part of

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie have been invited to participate, and during a 24-hour period on December 3, 2019 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm CST, you can make an online donation to the community. Click here to go to our #iGiveCatholic page.

If you wish, gifts may be made in advance for #iGiveCatholic between November 18, 2019 and December 2, 2019. Simply go to #iGiveCatholic .

For more information on the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day, contact Patti Eichen, Development Associate, at 814-899-0614, Ext 2442, or at .

Isaiah's Advent Promise of Peace eCourse
December 1-28

Oblate Nancy Small is creator and facilitator of this new Advent eCourse at Monasteries of the Heart. She will focus on the writings of the prophet Isaiah that resound with hope throughout the Advent season. This great prophet proclaimed God's promise of peace during turbulent times of war and calamity. Indeed, the Book of Isaiah chronicles a great tension between violence and the peaceable kin-dom promised by God. No matter how great the tension or how deep the turmoil, Isaiah remained anchored in a vision of peace that persevered through times of peril.

This four-week eCourse runs December 1-28. Register at Monasteries of the Heart. 

Dates: December 1-28
Time: At your convenience
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20
Silent Peace Walk
December 4

T he December Silent Peace Walk will be held at Perry Square.  Many religions prepare for holidays celebrating  peace and light in this season.  Amidst the holiday lights at Perry Square,  we share our yearning for peace throughout  the earth.  All are welcome to join this simple, public nonviolent action for peace.

For more information email Anne McCarthy, OSB, BFP Coordinator. 
Date: Wednesday, December 4
Time: 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Perry Square, State Street and South Park Row
Stillpoint Retreat
December 7

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.

Register online here.

Email Sister Margaret Zeller for more information. 

Date: Saturday, December 7
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Conference Center
Cost: $15, registration required
Advent Vigils
December 7, 14, 21

Please join the Benedictine community as we celebrate the Vigil of Advent on each Saturday during Advent. Pray with us and watch the light of the Advent candles grow strong and bright as Christmas draws near ─ to celebrate hope and in faith open your hearts to the promise of the coming of our God.
Date: Saturdays, December 7,14,21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery Chapel
Cost: All are invited
Take Back the Site Vigil
December 10

Take Back the Site Vigil will be held on Tuesday, December 10, for homicide victim Jose Arenas. The Benedictine Sisters of Erie and Oblates, the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates, and the Sisters of Mercy and Associates, will host the vigil at 1440 W. 35th St. at 5:15 pm.

Take Back the Site vigils, 15 minutes in length, are held at the site of any death in the city of Erie that resulted from an act of violence. The vigils are held with the purpose of reclaiming the site for nonviolence by a prayerful presence. The public is invited to attend.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Time: 5:15 pm

Place: 1440 W. 35th Street
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 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.