Monthly Update
October 2018
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Community of Life and Hope 2018
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Dear ,
  • Do you have loved ones in need of prayers?
  • Is there a deceased loved one who meant the world to you?
  • Is a friend, family member, or colleague in need of special prayers or celebrating an important event?
Join us during the month of November, especially on All Saints' and All Souls' Days, in prayer. Your specific prayer requests will be shared with 90 Sisters, one of whom will remember your loved ones, both living and deceased, in her personal prayer. Your intentions will also be placed in the Basket of Life, which is kept in the chapel at the monastery throughout November.
For more information on the Community of Life and Hope program click here.
You are invited to join us for a special Mass on the Feast of Christ the King at the monastery, Sunday, November 25 at 9:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you afterward for coffee and breads.
While an offering for the Community of Life and Hope program is not necessary, any gift makes a difference in the lives of many, most of whom you will never meet. We are grateful for your financial and prayerful support. Thank you!
Gift of Years eCourse BEGINS TODAY
October 1

How do you view the aging process? Is it tinged with anxiety and regret? Or do you see it as an adventure, a time to find meaning, and a ripening? Or, is it a little of both? Gift of Years, a four-week eCourse based on Joan Chittister's best-selling book by the same name, offers you the chance to look at this time of maturation with fresh eyes, with joy for what has been, and optimism for what is to come.

VIEW the first of the nine videos included in this eCourse.  Click here. 

  Register now at Monasteries of the Heart
Dates: October 1 - 26
Time: At your convenience
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart 
Cost: $30
Enrichment Series: Erie Refocused
October 8

Katherine Wyrosdick, Planning Director, City of Erie, will speak about Erie Refocused, the comprehensive 
development plan for revitalizing Erie. Kathy will describe some of the new initiatives that are happening in the city.  Read more here.  

For more information  
email Stephanie Schmidt, OSB , Formation Director

Date: Monday October 8
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Cost: Free, all are welcome

Take Back the Site Vigil
October 10

Take Back the Site vigils, a 15-minute prayer service, are held at the site of any deaths in the city of Erie and in Millcreek which are ruled to be homicides. We hold the vigils with the purpose of reclaiming the site for nonviolence with our prayerful presence. During the vigil we also pray for the loved ones of the person who was murdered and for the loved ones of the person who committed the murder.
We will remember victim Vincent Force, who was killed on July 14, at this vigil.
For more information   email Betsy Wiest.
Date: Wednesday October 10
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: 229-231 West 5th Street, Erie
All are welcome
Book Discussion Group
October 15

Join Sisters, Oblates, and friends for a discussion of the first half of the new novel, Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson. "A thoughtful meditation on buried passions, regrets, love, grief, and loneliness. But Youngson's debut offers hope for change in its tender exploration of what it means to have experienced a life well-lived."  ----  The Guardian
The book is available in hardcover or as a Kindle Edition on
For more information  email Oblate Janice Etchison.

Date: Monday October 15
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: The Writing Studio at St. Mary's, 310 East 10th Street, parking and entrance in rear
Cost: $5 for refreshments
One Table Meeting about New Americans
October 17

This meeting of the One Table, Erie's Multicultural and Interfaith Bridge-builders, will focus on welcoming New Americans, issues of civil liberties and support. Benedictines for Peace has participated in the Welcome Table, a committee of One Table which is responsible for the evening's program. Newly printed Know Your Rights cards will be introduced. Niken Astari, the City of Erie's Refugee and Immigrant Liaison will share current initiatives and ways to support new Americans.

Anyone interested is invited to participate in the evening. For more information, email Anne McCarthy, OSB, Benedictines for Peace Coordinator.
Date: Wednesday October 17
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Garden Room
Cost: Free, all are welcome
"Growing in Holiness" Overnight Retreat
Catholic Rural Ministry II of Oil City Deanery
October 18-19

Time for prayer, reflection, silence and sharing: How to embrace our personal call to holiness; how to understand Christ's call to holiness in our everyday lives; how to draw strength for the journey. Presenters are Tina Geiger, RSM, and Marian Wehler, OSB.

For more information, contact Marian Wehler, OSB, 814-677-2032 or  email. 
Date: Thursday-Friday, October 18-19
Time: 12:00 p.m. Thursday
Location: Olmsted Conference Center, Ludlow PA
Cost: $50 ($60 private room)
Weaving Classes
October 18 - December 6

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. The studio is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 to 2.
Number of students is limited. If you are interested contact Oblate Barbara Hauck, 814-449-2217 or email.
Date: Thursdays, October 18 - December 6
Time: 11:00 a.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
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
October 20

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. 

Register now for October 20 and mark your calendar for these 2018 dates: November 10 and December 1.

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Center, 6270 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required
Nuns on the Bus Rally
October 22

NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus is hitting the road- for the first time in two years - and coming to Erie. This year, Nuns on the Bus: The Tax Justice Truth Tour is traveling from California to Mar-a-Lago ahead of the 2018 midterms to focus on tax justice and reasonable revenue for responsible programs. Throughout the journey, Sister Simone Campbell will be joined by 30 other Catholic sisters for the 21-state tour that will end at Mar-a-Lago with a "Fiesta for the Common Good."
Be a part of their rally here in Erie. Local confirmed speakers include Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie County Executive, and Gary Horton and youth leaders from the NAACP.
Questions?  Email Anne McCarthy, OSB, Benedictines for Peace Coordinator.

Date: Monday, October 22
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Perry Square, State and South Park Row Streets
Silent Peace Walk
October 24

Silent Peace Walks promote inner peace which does away with fear, divisions, and hatred, and brings about peace and unity in the world. We begin with a peace poem, walk single file in silence for 20 minutes, and end with a peace poem and chant. All are welcome to join this simple, public nonviolent action for peace.

The October 24 Silent Peace Walk will begin 
and end outside the Greyhound Station, Intermodal Center.

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

All are welcome to join these simple, public nonviolent actions for peace.
Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Greyhound Station, Intermodal Center, 208 East Bayfront Pkwy
Cost: Free, all are welcome
Wills and Estate Planning Seminar
October 25
Participants from last year's seminar
Friends of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie are cordially invited to attend a Wills and Estate Planning Seminar with Shaun B. Adrian, Attorney at Law of MacDonald Illig Attorneys, presenting. The meeting will conclude with dessert, beverages and conversation with the sisters.
Please contact Emma Lee McCloskey, Director of Major and Planned Giving, if you are interested: 814-899-0614 ext. 2415 or email.
Date: Thursday October 25
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Library
Cost: All are welcome

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.