Monthly Update
June 2019
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Art & Sole Walk/Run
June 8

It's time to register for the 12th annual Neighborhood Art House Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk
Click here for more information and registration. Questions? Email Kelly Stolar or call 814-455-5508.

Date: Saturday, June 8
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Neighborhood Art House, 201 East 10th Street, Erie
Cost: $25 adult; $12 child 10 and under; $60 family
Silent Peace Walk
June 19

This simple, silent prayer along the water is in response to the escalating tensions and divisiveness present in our country and our world. We seek to bring peace to ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, our countries, and our world.
Sponsored by Benedictines for Peace. For more information, email   Sister Anne McCarthy, BFP Coordinator, or visit the   Benedictines for Peace webpage.

Date: Wednesday, June 19
Time: 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bayfront Connector Trail, meet at Liberty Park parking lot
All are welcome to join.
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
June 22

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 to be held at Mount St. Benedict Monastery: August 3, September 28.

Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Cost: $15, registration required
Enrichment Series: Why Poetry Matters
Poetry of Protest and Prayer
June 26
Bonnie Thurston & Sister Stephanie

In a world of fake news, real disaster, and international political turmoil, why should we care about poetry? Perhaps because (along with silence) poetry is God's language. After a brief reflection on the critical importance of poetry and language in times like these, Bonnie Thurston will read from her own poetry of protest and prayer. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Bonnie is an internationally known Merton scholar, author, and former professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

For more information, email Sister Stephanie Schmidt, OSB .

Date: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Erie
All are invited.
Seeking God in Community eCourse
July 8-26
  Linda Romey, OSB          Katie Gordon

Community is an important gift that Benedictines give to the world. Until recently, monastic community only existed when strangers came to monasteries to seek God and, through years of shared life, created stable community. But today we also exist in virtual worlds. Is community possible there? How do strangers who belong to a virtual, online monastery seek God in community? What is essential to the living of community, virtual or not?
Seeking God in Community will be facilitated by Linda Romey, OSB, Monasteries of the Heart staff member, and Katie Gordon, Nuns & Nones  national organizer.

Dates: July 8-26
Time: At your convenience
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20

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
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.