Religious Vocations

Diocese of Cleveland

Benedictine Sisters of Erie

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The Benedictine Sisters of Erie have been in the Diocese of Erie, PA since 1856.

Founder – Saint Benedict – 5th Century

Charism – The Benedictine way is to seek God in the communal life and to respond in prayer and ministry.

Motto – Pax / Peace

Our Corporate Commitment – 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.

Ministries – Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, Sister Gus’ Kids Café, Inner-City Neighborhood Art House, Saint Benedict Child Development Center, Benetwood Apartments, Saint Benedict Education Center, Saint Benedict Community Center, Benetvision, Education: Grade School, University, Instrumental & vocal music instructors, Rural Ministry, Chaplains / Hospice Councilors, Social Work, Spirituality / Retreat Programs, Spiritual Direction

Community is located in the following cities in Pennsylvania – Erie, Polk, Oil City, Port Allegany, Saint Marys
Sister Veronica Mirage, OSB, is on the teaching staff at All Saints School in Wickliffe, OH

Unique aspects

COMMUNITY – Life as a Benedictine Sister of Erie is centered in community, following the Rule of St. Benedict under the guidance of the Prioress. We are vowed in the Catholic             tradition promising with perpetual vows: stability, fidelity to the monastic way of life and obedience. A commitment to the common good and respect for each other support us in our search for God and nurture the bonds of community.

PRAYER – As Benedictine women, prayer is central to our monastic life. The community gathers three times a day for the Liturgy of the Hours, the basis of our communal             prayer. The festive marking of Sunday, along with the great feasts and seasons of the liturgical year, includes the celebration of Eucharist as well. Daily lectio divina, occasional reconciliation services, and various annual events complete the community’s liturgical life.

MINISTRY – Ministry is an integral part of monastic life. Inspired by the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict we respond to the needs of God’s people. We steward the gifts, talents and skills that have been given to us and extend them through service to others so that in all things God may be glorified.


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