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Luther Memorial Onsite Monastery Visits the Mount
Luther Memorial Monastery Visits Mount Chapel

“We are so fortunate to live in Erie, to be able to hear Sister Joan speak, to be invited to attend events at Mount St. Benedict Monastery,” stated Marilyn Rossiter, leader of two onsite monasteries, each meeting twice a month at Luther Memorial Church located in downtown Erie.

Welcomed by Open Path Monastery

We met at the local coffee shop in Olympia, WA. After quick introductions, they dove right in, quickly reaching that deep level of sharing— on life, family, spiritual questions, readings, challenges.

St Benedict Behind Bars
photo of Jackie Burns

This article was submitted for the Ohio Department of Corrections website by Jackie Burns, co-facilitator or Sacred Sisters. She agreed we could share it here. We are grateful for her spreading the word about Monasteries of the Heart.

St Benedict Behind Bars

Monastery visit

Monastery of the Heart member Debbie Krohn recently traveled to Erie from her home in Marietta, GA, to attend a retreat at Mount St. Benedict Monastery.

Prayers as Alice becomes oblate

Alice, a member of the Sacred Sisters Monastery of the Heart at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, (ORW) and Monks in Our Midst blogger will make her oblation as an oblate with the Benedictine Sisters of Immaculate Conception Monastery, Ferdinand, IN in a ceremony on Tuesday, May 2nd at 1:00 pm EDT.

Saima Scott and Open Path Monastery of the Heart

Saima Scott, the leader of the Open Path Monastery of the Heart in Olympia, Washington, visited friends in Erie recently and while there, visited the MOH office and met with Janice Etchison, staff member and contact person for onsite monasteries. Saima shared many wonderful stories about the Open Path Monastery and the life-giving good works they offer to several communities in Olympia. She described the monastery, in existence since 2012, as an informal group of retirees who are committed to both spiritual development and peace and justice activities.

Saima wrote the following to share with the Monasteries of the Heart community:

Monasteries of the Heart at Decatur Correctional Center

Each week Sr. Regina Marie Bernet, OP, 82 years old from Springfield, IL, spends two days a week giving classes in prison.

Making connections through the retreat in Erie

Janice Etchison, (addressing the group in the photo) Benedictine oblate and resource person for onsite monasteries at Monasteries of the Heart, gives a tour through the website during the November 4 to 6, 2016 retreat held at Mount St. Benedict monastery, Erie, PA.

At the National Catholic Prison Ministry Conference

“We talked with several chaplains already using Joan Chittister’s Monastic Way with those in prison.

A Visit to Heart to Heart Monastery

A Visit to Heart to Heart Monastery by Janice Etchison, Monasteries of the Heart staff member.

Ora et Labora online monastery inviting new members

Thin Spaces, leader of Ora et Labora, sent this invitation:

Overnight retreat for Listening Hearts

October 14 and 15 were sunny and in the 70s with brilliant color in the trees--perfect conditions for Listening Heart’s 24-hour retreat at Glinodo Center on Lake Erie, across the road from Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Erie, PA.

Ora et Labora members visit Mount St. Benedict

Liz, the leader of Ora et Labora Monastery of the Heart, an online community, sent this report/reflection after three members visited Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Erie, PA.

Sacred Sisters Monastery Annual Retreat at ORW

Sisters Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski and Anne McCarthy returned to the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) for the Sacred Sisters Monastery of the Heart annual retreat on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. The Sacred Sisters Monastery is thriving with 45 members. Thirty six were able to attend the full day.

Monastery of the Lake at Wangi Wangi

Janet, leader of the onsite community, Monastery of the Lake at Wangi Wangi (pronounced wonjee), sent this update:
Yesterday we had a morning gathering to which we invited several of our friends, including the two Sisters who offer us hospitality in their retreat centre. We opened with our usual group reciting of a verse and a brief silence, and then watched the DVD of Sister Joan speaking on Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation: A Call to Full Humanity.

Living with the Sisters Taught Me...

Last week the NCR Global Sisters Report web page published an article by Breanna Mekuly, this summer’s intern with Joan Chittister at Monasteries of the Heart and Benetvision, titled, “Living with sisters taught me what I really want out of life.”

Interview with Ruth Everhart
Ruth Everhart

Breanna Mekuly, a summer intern at Benetvision and Monasteries of the Heart, took the opportunity this summer to interview Ruth Everhart, pastor, author and member of Monasteries of the Heart in anticipation of the upcoming release of Ruth's second memoir,

Welcome Seekers and Discerners

Welcome to a new online community, Seekers and Discerners Monastery created by Jacqueline Small (right) and Breanna Mekuly, already know to Monasteries of the Heart members as Monks in Our Midst contributors.

Anniversary for Oblate Cistercians de Guadalupe

PadreBob, leader of the online monastery Oblate Cistercians de Guadalupe, sent this message:

for peace after violence in Orlando

Susan sent this message:

Save the Date: Monasteries of the Heart retreat in Erie, PA

For the first time, Mount St. Benedict monastery will host a Monasteries of the Heart retreat in Erie, PA from Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6.

Webinar on nuclear disarmament will feature Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister will present on a webinar aimed at mobilizing the US Catholic community to work for nuclear weapons abolition. The free webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 17th at 4 pm Eastern.

New member wins Annual Appeal Drawing

Thank you to those who responded to our 5th Annual April Anniversary Appeal. Your help makes this community of Monasteries of the Heart possible for many.

Welcome Santa Cruz, Resurrection Monastery
Santa Cruz, Resurrection Monastery

Please welcome our newest onsite monastery, Santa Cruz, Resurrection Monastery of the Heart. Edward Johns, the leader of this community, has shared much information about their history together and their plans for the future.

Prayers requested for Conference on Nonviolence

Monasteries of the Heart staff member, Anne McCarthy, osb, will participate in a unique international conference, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International on Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment

Sacred Sisters Monastery of the Heart at Ohio Reformatory for Women

The monastery meeting inside the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) in Ohio now has a name: Sacred Sisters Monastery of the Heart.

“We’re brothers!” Monasteries of the Heart meets at Forest SCI

When a new prisoner shows up at Forest SCI, a men’s maximum security prison in Central PA, he may be one of the lucky ones to receive a packet of instant coffee courtesy of Bob, a long-term prisoner and member of Monasteries of the Heart.

Monastery Community in Prison Asks for Prayers

Barbara and Jane have asked for prayers for the women in their two Monasteries of the Heart communities in a California Prison where they minister. These are two communities of ten women each; they began meeting there over three years ago.

Listening Hearts featured in The Mount

Listening Hearts, is a pilot Monasteries of the Heart program designed for women in inner-city Erie struggling with issues of poverty or in recovery from addiction, or reclaiming their lives after prison or trauma.

Benedictine Leadership: Learn to Lead an MOH Monastery

We know there are Monastery of the Heart members—maybe even you—who would like to lead an online or onsite monastery. You’ve been a member for a while, you’ve found a home and feel you belong. But you want more. You feel called to more.

Welcome Sacred Heart Monastery oblates

Sr. Priscilla Cohen, OSB, the oblate director at Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL, created a closed online monastery to be a place for Cullman oblates to stay connected with each other throughout the year. Many oblates are already members of Monasteries of the Heart and Sr.

The Door is Open at Ora et Labora

The door is open for new members at Ora et Labora Monastery of the Heart, an online community. Leader, Thin Spaces, extends the invitation:

Care for Creation monastery accepting new members

The online monastery, Care for Creation, has decided to open for a time to accept new members. Janet, their leader, posted an explanation and invitation on the monastery’s page.

Invite to Jacksonville, FL in January for a retreat

Christ Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida and the Friends of Benedict are sponsoring a free Monasteries of the Heart retreat Friday and Saturday, January 29 & 30, 2016 facilitated by Erie Benedictine sisters, Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski and Anne McCarthy.

Find us at Call to Action Conference

If you are attending the Call to Action conference November 6 to 8 in Milwaukee, WI, there are opportunities to connect with other Monasteries of the Heart members and share information.

Monasteries of the Heart retreat in Rochester, NY

Monday, Nov. 2nd. Sorry. We've just learned that this retreat is now full. Watch for retreats in 2016.

Welcome Galahakookemu, a new on site monastery

Galahakookemu is a new onsite Monastery of the Heart forming in Melbourne, Australia.

Welcome theology students from American Baptist Seminary

Theology students from American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union, will be joining our community for the next few months.

MOH Study Guide for Prison Chaplains and Volunteers
Cheryl Bough, Jane Eggleston, Barbara Redmond

Monasteries of the Heart has developed a packet of resources for initiating this new movement within prison populations, including a full study guide, adapted for prison ministry by Cheryl Bough, Jane Eggleston and Barbara Redmond (pictured left to right) based on the foundational text, The M

St. Symeon Monastery welcomes new members

St. Symeon the New Theologian Monastery of the Heart, an online community, is welcoming new members. Their leader, Wendy Chaplar, sent this update on their monastery:

Monastery of Our Stories at Four Years

Kathleen Schatzberg, leader of Monasteries of Our Stories—one of the first 3 online monasteries at Monasteries of the Heart, sent the following reflection which the members collectively worked on to mark their 4th anniversary.