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January 2020
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Benedictine Spirituality eCourse
January 6-31

Does the 1500-year-old Rule of Benedict of Nursia have anything to say to the modern world? Yes, for sure it does - in fact, sometimes it seems like it has never been more relevant. In this one-month e-course, Joan Chittister offers 12 brief audio teachings on aspects of Benedictine spirituality with accompanying written reflections to guide you into a new way of seeing and living. Her practical and inspiring commentary reveals how the Rule can transform both the individual and our world just like it did centuries ago. More information and registration at Spirituality and Practice. 

Click here to register.

Dates: January 6-31
Time: At your convenience
Cost: $59.95
Silent Peace Walk
January 8

The January Silent Peace Walk will be held at the Martin Luther King Center. In this month of the Martin Luther King Holiday, we will join with colleagues and neighbors of the MLK Center in this simple, public witness to nonviolence.
For more information contact Sister Anne McCarthy, OSB, BFP Coordinator. 
Date: Wednesday, January 8
Time: 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Martin Luther King Center, West 4th and Chestnut Street
Stillpoint Retreat
January 11

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. 

Stillpoint has a new email address:
Please contact us here for more information.

Mark these 2020 dates now: February 15, March 14, April 4, May 2, June 20

Date: Saturday, January 11
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Conference Center
Cost: $15, registration required
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.