Monasteries of the Heart

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Read news about MOH communities — and let us know what your on-site or online community is doing!

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.

Pilot program for women introduced in Erie

Listening Hearts, a Monastery of the Heart experience for women in inner-city Erie launched on the eve of St. Benedict’s feast, July 10, 2015 with an information session attended by 40 women.

Leadership transition at Ora et Labora online monastery

As Ora et Labora, the first online monastery at Monasteries of the Heart celebrates its fourth anniversary, the founder, Eileen Burns (Irish) discerned that it was time to step down from leadership while continuing as a member of the online community.

Gift for Pope Francis

A book by Joan Chittister was presented to Pope Francis by Monasteries of the Heart staff member, Sister Anne McCarthy, during a private audience.

Swords into Plowshares

The Heart to Heart MOH group of Youngsville, PA was privileged to host a lunch on Saturday, June 13th, for two peacemaking activists, Michael Walli and Father Bernie Survil, at the home of Oblates Neil and Marge Himber.

Monastery of the Lake

Monastery of the Lake, an onsite Monastery of the Heart community in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, has been meeting for over a year.

Welcome Third Age of Life, new open online monastery

A new open, online MOH, focuses on the spiritual wisdom and insights of elders. Third Age of Life Monastery of the Heart was created last week on St. Scholastica’s feast day, and is open to receive members.

St. Scholastica meeting day in prison

The Monastery of the Heart community meeting in the Ohio Reformatory for Women, didn't realize at first that they chose St. Scholastica's feast day for a general invite for new members. But the synchronicity was a blessing.

Welcome Milk & Honey online Monastery

We welcome Milk and Honey, a new online monastery accepting new members. The leader, Marianne Theresa noticed that there were only a few open online monasteries and they had a specific focus, she decided to create a new one. Marianne Theresa has been with MOH for almost a year.

Leadership participant offers info session on MOH

Marilyn Rositer, who completed the Listen with the Heart, Becoming a Benedictine Leader training at MOH, offered an information session about Monasteries of the Heart between services on Sunday, January 11 at Luther Memorial Church in Erie , PA.

A New Look

After many month of planning and work, the Monasteries of the Heart website has a new look—one that we hope makes it clearer and easier for members to focus on the essential elements of a Benedictine lifestyle. The responses from some of the members indicates that the change is welcome.

5 year-old in New Zealand discovers lectio

We received this message from Esther, an MOH member in New Zealand. “I want you to know how wonderful I am finding MOH. I am an Anglican priest with a young family and a chronically sick partner, and it is hard to get to shared daily prayer very often. My family and I love MOH.

Sister Carolyn visits Heart to Heart

Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski visited the on-site monastery, Heart to Heart, and joined them for their annual Christmas get together and meeting.

Welcome Mount Hope Monastery

Welcome to Mount Hope Monastery (of the Heart) located in Tiverton, Rhode Island. This new onsite monastery is actively seeking members to join them in prayer, lectio, and good works in their little corner of the Ocean State.

Leadership Training Adapted for L'Arche

A new closed online MOH monastery, L’Arche Greater Washington DC Monastery was created by Bob Jacobs, a participant in the leadership training program at MOH.

Students visit monastery and MOH

Greg Baker brought his Catholic Spirituality class from Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania, a small group of six students, to the Benedictine monastery for a brief tour and a discussion with Sister Mary Ellen Plumb, MOH staff member, about monastic life and Monasteries of the Heart.

Online MOH stretches to Rwanda

The online community, Community of Saint Anna Monastery stretches now to Rwanda. One of their members, Maureen, a nurse from England, is currently living and working in Rwanda. She reports in when she can from a very isolated and remote location in rural Rwanda.

MOH at Call to Action

If you plan to attend this year’s Call to Action assembly at the Memphis Conference Center, in Memphis, TN, Nov. 7 to 9, please join Kathy Schatzberg, MOH member and leader of the online community, Monastery of Our Stories at the Monastery of the Heart table during Wide Open Fridays.

First MOH webinar

When Joan Chittister and the Monasteries of the Heart staff offered our first free live-stream webinar on “Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation” this past weekend, Sister Joan’s one hope was “that this kind of discussion would be a good event, a real learning experience, a genuine spiritual momen

Ora et Labora will gather online for the webinar

Members of Ora et Labora Monastery, an online MOH, will view Sister Joan’s webinar, “Love, Forgiveness and Reconciliation: A Call to Full Humanity,” this Saturday, September 20, at their variety of locations. Then, they will use it for their discussion over the next week or so.

Ron Beathard's blog on Krista Tippet's On Being

Ron Beathard, leader of Benedictine Spirituality and Addiction Recovery Monastery, an online MOH, and one of the Monks in Our Midst bloggers, has a reflection published with Krista Tippets, On Being, an online spirituality blog.

The Story of the Storytelling Monastery

Reflection by Kathleen Schatzberg, leader of the online community, Monasteries of our Stories.

Welcome to new onsite MOH in LaBelle, Florida

We welcome a new onsite community, The Companions of Blessed Margaret of Castello Monastery, meeting in LaBelle, Florida. The description of their monastery shares the story of Blessed Margaret of Castello. “Blessed Margaret was born in Medieval times to a noble family who wanted a son.

Luther Memorial MOH at Chautauqua
Carol Smith, Elaine Keen, Marilyn Rositer, and Joan Chittister.

This year’s July gathering of Luther Memorial MOH—an onsite monastery in Erie, PA, was at Chautauqua Institution listening to Sr. Joan Chittister lecture in the Hall of Philosophy.

welcome Oblate Cistercians de Guadalupe Monastery

We welcome, Oblate Cistercians de Guadalupe Monastery, a new online monastery accepting new members. Leader PadreBob, (Fr.

Prayer request from St Symeon MOH

Members of St. Symeon the New Theologian Prayer of the Heart Monastery have asked for prayers for their leader, Fr Ioannis. They have not heard from him for the last month. After Easter he had a three- week bout with pneumonia, exacerbated by weak lungs from a history of asthma.