Monthly Update
May 2019
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Stillpoint Day of Reflection
May 4

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: June 22, August 3, September 28.

Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required
Spring Sing Concert
May 13

The North East Women's Choral Club, under the direction of Nancy Bowers, will present their Spring Concert, Spring Sing, in the Mount St. Benedict Monastery Chapel. It will include a special performance by the Erie Benedictine Sisters Handbell Choir and Monastery Schola under the direction of Sister Marilyn Schauble.
Click here for more information.
Date: Monday, May 13
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery Chapel
All are invited.

Monastery Scribes: 
Writing from the Heart eCourse
May 13-31

What do you say?  ----   let's take a chance and write from our hearts. Let's do it using the ancient Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina. Let's read a poem together, reflect on it, respond to it in writing, carry it in our hearts, and give it flesh in our daily lives. Erie Benedictine Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, coordinator of Monasteries of the Heart, will facilitate the process.
Register now at Monasteries of the Heart. 

Dates: May 13-31
Time: At your convenience
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20
Art Class for Adults: Pastels Workshop
Four Sessions
May 14 - 17

Whether you are new to painting with pastels or have been with us for previous classes, you are sure to amaze yourself with the still life study you are able to produce under the instruction of Mary Kay Geary, artist and teacher at the Neighborhood Art House. Individual assistance is the hallmark of this workshop as Mary Kay works right along with the students, sharing pastel painting techniques as they apply. This workshop applies equally to first-time beginners and seasoned painters since each person works at his/her own pace.

For more information email Annette Marshall, OSB. 
Date: Tuesday, May 14 - Friday, May 17
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Neighborhood Art House, 201 East 10th Street, Erie
Cost: $60
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

Silent Peace Walk
May 22

The May Silent Peace Walk is at Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School. We will be gin in the garden and walk in silence, single file. We hope to bring peace, step-by-step, to our hearts, families, communities, nation, our world, and to all of creation.

Silent Peace Walks are a response to fear, divisions and hatred and promote peace and unity in the world. Sign up here to receive an email alert with additional information.
Sponsored by Benedictines for Peace. For more information, email   Sister Anne McCarthy, BFP Coordinator, or visit the   Benedictines for Peace webpage.
Click here for a flier.

Date: Wednesday, May 22
Time: 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Grove: The Erie Urban Farm School, 218 East 11th Street, Erie
All are welcome to join.
Art & Sole Walk/Run
June 8

It's time to register for the 12th annual Neighborhood Art House Art & Sole 5k Run/Walk. Registrations received prior to May 18 will be guaranteed an event shirt. After May 18 prices increase.
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: $20 adult; $10 child 10 and under
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.
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.