Monthly Update
February 2019
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Silent Peace Walk
February 11

February's Silent Peace Walk will be at Gannon University. Students will join us as we move through the campus. This simple public prayer, step-by-step, is a powerful nonviolent tool to bring peace, beginning with one's own heart, to our families, our communities, our nation, our world, and to all of creation.  Sign up here  to receive an email alert with additional information.

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

Date: Monday, February 11
Time: 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gannon University, Erie. Meet by the Arch on 7th Street between Peach and Sassafrass Streets
Cost: All are welcome
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
February 16

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 these 2019 dates now: March 30, April 13, May 4

Date: Saturday, February 16
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required
Breath of the Soul: 
Reflections on Prayer eCourse
February 18 - March 8

Prayer is the cornerstone of Benedictine life----  but what does it really mean to pray? What should we bring to prayer, and what might we expect to gain from praying? In this eCourse, Sister Joan's reflections from her book, Breath of the Soul, will be paired with Scripture passages, insights from saints and mystics, and prompts for creative activities designed to deepen and enrich your own prayer life. In addition to the content to be delivered during this three-week eCourse, you will receive a $2.00 off coupon for the Joan Chittister's book The Breath of the Soul when you register. (Book is not required for the course).
Not sure? View our short video about prayer for a monastic 
Register now at Monasteries of the Heart.

Dates: February 18 - March 8
Time: At your convenience
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20

Shapes and Shadows: an Introduction to Charcoal Drawing
February 21
Take a break from the everyday to respond to that inner "I wish I could draw." Practice the basics of charcoal drawing by learning how to draw various shapes, then play with the lighting to create and draw various shadow effects. All materials and light snacks provided. Register on line at  or call the office at 455-5508.
For more information 

Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Neighborhood Art House, 201 East 10th Street, Erie
Cost: $30

Celebrating Mary Oliver
March 7
The words of the poet Mary Oliver have affected and inspired many of us. To honor the life of this beloved poet, who died in January, we will gather to share and reflect on the impact she has made in our own lives. Come prepared to share a verse or stanza of her work that is meaningful to you as well as a personal response to your selection. You might respond to your Oliver poem with a piece of art you've created, a movement or gesture to accompany the lines, a poem of your own, a song, a dance, a memorization, or simply a personal reflection on why you chose what you did. Or, you might just come to listen to the ways Oliver's work has impacted others. Join as we celebrate the poet who has asked us all what we plan to do with our "one wild and precious life."
For more information
email Val Luckey, OSB. 

Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Women's Writing Studio at St. Mary's A Space to Create 
310 East 10th Street, Erie PA, 16503
Suggested donation: $3.00 contribution for light refreshments

Mid-Life/Long-Life Retreat for Personal and Spiritual Growth for Adults
May 17-19
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 or contact Sister Rosanne Loneck, certified Mid-Life/Life-Long consultant: 814-899-0614 or email.

Register now, participation is limited.
Date: May 17-19
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Recommended donation: $275 resident; $200 commuter

Fundraiser Golf Tournament
June 17

Golf! Volunteer! Sponsor! Donate! Your support of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie Charity Fundraiser Golf Tournament means as much to us as a hole-in-one means to a golfer! Why? Because a hole-in-one is something you remember and cherish. And your support of our community's 160-year presence in the Erie area is a sign of friendship that we will treasure forever. As Sisters of St. Benedict we live in community and pray and work together to help bring the reign of God to our suffering world. But we can't do all the good works that need to be done without generous support. So, we are coming to you to ask that you help us, that together we can continue to witness God's love and impact the pressing needs of our society. 

More information including golfer registration, sponsorships and volunteer sign-up form is at

Date: June 17
Location: Lake Shore Country Club, Erie, PA

Receive reminder alerts from Benedictines for Peace each time there is a
--Take Back the Site Vigil
--Silent Peace March
--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.