Monthly Update
July 2018
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Featured Artist Jackie Burns, Oblate
Celebrate St. Benedict's Feast Day on July 11 with a visit to our online store, Chapter 57, where this month we are highlighting the work of Oblate Jackie Burns. Jackie, an ordained Episcopal deacon and a prison chaplain, is offering a selection of hand-crafted jewelry with a Benedictine touch. There are also a limited number of "Forgiveness Bowls." Every item is unique and made with special care-see the selection and place your orders here.
Silent Peace Walk
July 17

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.

For July's Silent Peace Walk, we will gather at the Perry Monument at Presque Isle State Park. As we walk in the natural beauty of this park, we are reminded of the suffering of war and our longing for peace. We walk together to promote inner peace to support and deepen our action for justice and peace.

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

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from BFP for Silent Peace Walks, Take Back the Site Vigils, Immigration Vigils, and other events.

SAVE THE DATE: August's Silent Peace Walk on Thursday, August 30, at 7:00 p.m. will be preceded by a cookout at 6 p.m. at 345 East 9th Street in the playground area. We will celebrate the first anniversary of our monthly Silent Peace Walks by returning to the "Benedictine Block."

Date Correction: 
TUESDAY, July 17
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Perry Monument at Presque Isle State Park
Cost: Free, all are welcome
Discover Your Inner Artist at the
Neighborhood Art House
July 31 Workshop I
August 1 WorkshopII

Mary Kay Geary, artist and instructor at the Neighborhood Art House is offering pastel workshops made up of four two-hour classes. One workshop is being offered on Tuesday afternoons. A second four-session workshop is being offered on Wednesday mornings. The workshop fee of $50 covers all four sessions, all materials and light snacks.
Register now by calling the Art House: 814-455-5508
For more information, email Sister Annette Marshall.
Dates and times:
Workshop I (four sessions)
Tuesday Afternoons 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
July 31 and August 7, 14, 21
Workshop II (four sessions)
Wednesday Mornings 10:00 a.m. - Noon
August 1, 8, 15, 22
Location: Neighborhood Art House, 201 East 10th Street, Erie
Cost: $50 includes all materials and light snacks
Stillpoint Day of Reflection
August 18

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. 

There is no Stillpoint in July. Register now for August 18 and mark your calendar for these 2018 dates: September 15, October 20, November 17.

Date: Saturday, August 18
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 6101 East Lake Road
Cost: $15, registration required
Purse Bingo
August 18

St. Benedict Academy Alumnae Association is hosting Purse Bingo at the Harborcreek Social Hall. We have Douney and Burke, Coach, Michael Kors, Vera, and other bags. It will be pick your own purse if you win. You can bring snacks, but no alcohol. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. You can reserve your seats when you order tickets. Reserve a table of eight for $160

Contact Ann Comstock at 899-0614 ext. 2573 or email for tickets and information.

Date: Saturday, August 18
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Harborcreek Social Hall, 7275 Buffalo Rd, Harborcreek PA
Cost: $25; $160 for a table of eight
Mid-Life/Long-Life Retreat for  Personal and Spiritual Growth for Adults 
September 7-9, 2018

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 o r contact Sister Rosanne Loneck, certified Mid-Life/Life-Long consultant: 814-899-0614 or email.  
Mid-Life/Long-Life Retreat for Personal and Spiritual Growth for Adults
September 7-9
Register now for the September weekend.
Date: September 7-9
Location: Mount St. Benedict Monastery
Recommended donation: $275 resident; $200 commuter

Taste of the Arts
September 11

You will be Welcomed to Our Circle at the 2018 Taste of the Arts on September 11 at the Neighborhood Art House.

Click here for information and registration. 

Date: Tuesday, September 11
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Neighborhood Art House, 201 E. 10th Street, Erie
Cost: $50

Receive reminder alerts from Benedictines for Peace each time there is a
--Take Back the Site Vigil
--A Silent Peace March
--An 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.