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"We Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, faithful to our monastic profession, seek God in community, prayer and work. We celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ and serve him in all God's people, the young and the old, the sick and the poor."
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Sr. Victoria Eisenman recently contributed a blog post entitled "Don't All of Us Follow Stars?"for the Feast of the Epiphany. Sr. Christa Kreinbrink contributed a blog post entitled "The White Poinsettia." To view these blogs and other contributions from the Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, visit stwalburg.blogspot.com.
The Benedictine Sisters of Erie seek God in community and respond in prayer and ministry. We are guided by a Corporate Commitment.
A corporate commitment is a vision or goal that we agree to promote as a community and as individuals no matter where we are or in how many diverse ministries we might be engaged. The corporate commitment of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie is:
As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we commit ourselves to be a healing presence and prophetic witness for peace by working for sustainability and justice, especially for women and children.
Together with women religious throughout the nation we pray for our country and renew our commitment, through faithfulness to the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict, to help create a world rooted in love, acceptance, inclusion, peace and justice for all.
The Erie Benedictines for Peace (BFP) are sponsoring a new initiative: the Silent Peace Walk. The idea developed from a movement that was started in 2006 in conjunction with the International Day of Peace, traditionally celebrated on September 21. Inaugurated by Piero Falci, a Nonviolence Action Organizer and author who believes that inner peace can lead to world peace, the Silent Peace Walk continues to spread throughout the world.
“When we heard about Falci’s movement it resonated with us immediately,” said Sister Ann Muczynski, BFP steering committee member and one of the organizers of the Erie walk. “The silent peace walk is primarily a way to promote inner peace because that is the foundation for constructive action for justice and peace.”
The Silent Peace Walk is held monthly, 7-7:30 p.m. at a designated spot. Visit the BFP web page at https://www.eriebenedictines.org/bfp for more information. Maybe you will want to start a Silent Peace Walk in your neighborhood.
Four Erie Benedictines, 2 Oblates, and 2 women working in Erie Benedictine ministries were among a group of fifteen cyclists who participated in “Cycling with Sisters: We’re on a Mission Together,” sponsored by Communicators for Women Religious (CWR) and organized by Erie Benedictine Sister Linda Romey and Stephanie Hall, CWR Board member. “Cycling with Sisters: We’re on a Mission Together,” was a live-streamed social justice event highlighting the good work of religious women around the country. The actual 100 mile ride took place between North East, PA, and Niagara Falls, Canada; the virtual ride drew the participation of thousands.
This social media and pedaling pilgrimage promoted the social justice work of Catholic sisters and their collaborators. At five stops along the route, the group live-streamed prayer and initiatives around social justice issues: human trafficking, poverty, violence and racism, environmental degradation and immigration.
"For me, the deepest meaning of the ride lay in the faces of those I carried in my heart as I pedaled along the route—faces of mothers whose sons died in senseless gun violence, of children finally being able to play in a safe environment, of refugees fleeing war-torn countries,” said Sister Linda. “And the faces of religious women and their oblates and associates who have committed their lives and their resources to building up some small part of the Reign of God. For in the end, this is what our true pilgrimage is.”
In October, Sisters Anne McCarthy and Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski facilitated an annual retreat for inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, who have formed a thriving Monasteries of the Heart group.
“Monasteries of the Heart has become a leaven within the huge prison,” said Erie Benedictine Anne McCarthy after returning from co-leading her fourth day-long retreat at the women’s prison in Marysville, OH.
Monasteries of the Heart is an international movement sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie to spread the values of Benedictine life to a new generation of seekers.
Once a year, Sisters Anne McCarthy and Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski facilitate a Monasteries of the Heart retreat at the prison for members and those interested in membership. “The whole day was unbelievable but a highlight was when the women prepared charades depicting the essential Benedictine values,” said Sister Anne. “It was a wonderful combination of humor and teaching.” And Sister Carolyn added, “The hardest part is leaving the women and knowing we won’t see them for another year. What makes the separation easier is knowing how strongly committed the women are to a Benedictine lifestyle. It is so inspiring to see monastic spirituality being spread through the entire institution.”
Climate change is a moral issue. Pope Francis writes in Laudato Sí that the gravest effects of all attacks on the environment are suffered by the poor. By adopting the Paris Pledge with its goal of 50% reduction in fossil fuel emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality (net zero carbon emissions) by 2050, the Benedictine Sisters are addressing their corporate commitment to work for sustainability and justice, especially for women and children.
Using renewable energy sources such as wind and solar to produce electricity provides two important benefits. First, the burning of fossil fuels is eliminated which greatly reduces the human impact on climate change. Second, as its name implies, renewable energy sources are continuously available and do not require destructive practices such as mining.
Sister Diane Cook, treasurer for the Erie Benedictines, said of the community’s efforts, “We had been using partially green energy for some time. Early in 2017 we decided to explore what was available and what it would cost to use 100% renewable energy. We found that very competitive rates were available so that we could be both environmentally responsible and economically prudent at the same time.”
Ready to consider making the switch? Numerous reputable organizations have posted comparison shopping rates and guidance for making it happen. Consult our web page resource listing for some of these: www.eriebenedictines.org/care
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