Monthly Update
October 2019
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Community of Life & Hope 2019
Join Us in Prayer

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving make your requests known to God. Philippians 4:6

Every year we invite you to join us in prayer during the very special month of November. It is a time when we come together as an extended Benedictine family to support each other in prayer. Whether it's for our deceased loved ones, a dear friend, or ourselves who need prayers, on November 1 and 2, All Saints and All Souls Days, we celebrate and commemorate the saints in our own lives, both living and dead.

All of your names and intentions will be placed in the chapel and be remembered everyday by the entire community. Also, a Sister will include your specific intentions and loved ones in her own daily prayer.

Click here to go to our secure online form and send us the names of those for whom you would like us to pray.

Join us for A SPECIAL Mass on the Feast of Christ the King at the monastery, Sunday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m., followed by 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!

Vigil for Immigrant Children
October 11

In conjunction with Catholic Nonviolent Action for Immigrant Children in El Paso, TX, on Friday, October 11, we will gather locally to demand that this Administration end the abuse, trauma, and detention of migrant children.
For more information email Anne McCarthy, OSB, BFP Coordinator.
Date: Friday, October 11
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Federal Building, 17 South Park Row, Erie

Book Discussion
October 15

Join sisters, oblates, and others at the Writing Studio for a discussion of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. This book won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for being "perceptive, deeply empathetic..." (Oprah Magazine) and because "[She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring" (The New Yorker).
For more information, email Janice Etchison, Oblate. 
Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Writing Studio at Saint Mary's: Space to Create, 310 East Tenth Street, Erie, enter at rear
Cost: Optional $5 contribution for refreshments
Two Days with Edwina Gateley
October 18-19

Edwina Gateley, "Prophet of Peace" recipient by Benedictine Sisters of Erie, 2019, will be guest speaker at two events in Oil City: "A Call to Personal and Global Transformation," where Edwina will share her story, her ministry with women on the streets of Chicago and how ministry can effect personal and global transformation. In "Rediscovering and Claiming the Feminine Soul," Edwina will address claiming our feminine soul through women in Scripture. Come and be inspired by Edwina, poet, mystic, prophet, advocate and single mother who helps her audiences realize that small steps can make a huge difference.
A Call to Personal and Global Transformation
Date: Friday, October 18
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Clarion University, Venango Campus, Oil City
Cost: $15
Rediscovering and Claiming the Feminine Soul
Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: 1st Presbyterian Church, Oil City
Cost: $15
Catholic Rural Ministry is sponsoring these events. Email or call 814-676-6591 Ext. 1269 for more information. Click here for a brochure with registration form. 
Stillpoint Retreat
October 19

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.

Email Sister Margaret Zeller for more information. 

Mark your calendar for future Stillpoint days: November 16, December 7

Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Glinodo Conference Center
Cost: $15, registration required
Dear Joan Chittister Online Book Discussion
October 21-November 8

What questions are women millennials asking about the church? About their place in the church? About discipleship and ministry? About the spiritual path? And are their questions similar to those of women of every age? Find out by participating in an online book discussion of the recently released Dear Joan Chittister: Conversation with Women in the Church.
This three-week online book discussion will be facilitated by Mary Ellen Plumb, OSB, and Jessie Bazan, the book's editor. Click here for more information or to register. 
Dates: October 21-November 8
Time: At your convenience
Location: Online at Monasteries of the Heart
Cost: $20

Silent Peace Walk
October 23
For the October Silent Peace Walk, we will begin and end at the Nick parking lot on Behrend's campus, walking silently, mindfully, single file with students through their campus. All are welcome to join this simple, public nonviolent action for peace.
For more information email Anne McCarthy, OSB, BFP Coordinator. 
Date: Wednesday, October 23
Time: 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, begin at Nick parking lot
Concert at the Monastery
November 9

The Young People's Chorus (YPC) Erie Chorale and the Choirs of Penn State Behrend will present a fall concert featuring songs from their respective holiday concerts. The YPC of Erie is a youth outreach organization of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend. Dr. Gabrielle Dietrich is Artistic Director. To learn more about the Young People's Chorus of Erie, click here. 
For more information, email Marilyn Schauble, OSB
Date: Saturday, November 9
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery, 6101 East Lake Road
Cost: Free and open to the public
Enrichment Series
November 13

Dr. Greg Baker, Vice President of Mission at Mercyhurst University, will speak on Renewed Hope for Ministry in an Age of Diminishing Religious Practices. Recent studies of American Catholics and Christians show clear trends of religious disaffiliation and shifting ways of holding onto religious identity and practice. Have churches lost their grip on everyday people, and what is the appropriate response? Dr. Baker will argue that amidst rapid changes in the religious landscape there are clear signs of hope for those who minister and seek to accompany others towards spiritual maturity.
For more information, email Stephanie Schmidt, OSB, Director of Monastic Formation. 
Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 7:00 p.m;
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery, 6101 East Lake Road
Cost: Free and open to the public
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.