Monasteries of the Heart

Welcome to
Monasteries of the Heart

Mount St. Benedict Monastery Erie PAWe are so grateful that you are interested in Monasteries of the Heart, a web-based movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers.

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA, launched the movement in 2011 to address a growing cry, from an increasing number of seekers, for a spiritual program that enabled ordinary people to implement Benedictine values into their daily lives. The movement is open to anyone—regardless, or even in the absence of a faith tradition—who desires to seek God through a Benedictine way of life.

Erie Benedictine Joan Chittister, one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time, is the creator and animator of Monasteries of the Heart.

Benefits of belonging to
Monasteries of the Heart

  • You receive weekly formation in the core elements of Benedictine life—prayer, lectio (sacred reading), good works, study and community.
  • You have access to a weekly blog from best-selling author Joan Chittister
  • You join 13,000 seekers around the globe who are on the cutting edge of a new expression of monastic life
  • You are part of a world-wide movement that springs out of contemplative foundations--together we can sustain the energy, serenity, courage, hope and action needed to build a better tomorrow for our children
  • You have access to daily prayer and Benedictine spiritual practices
  • You can converse with other seekers by posting and responding to comments
  • You can find “soul-partners” who share your passion for the God life
  • You can receive a free weekly MOH e-newsletter
  • You can register for e-courses on Benedictine spirituality
  • You can join an onsite or online Monastery of the Heart community

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free.
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What is
Monasteries of the Heart

Monasteries of the Heart is a new form of Benedictine life for our time. It is a monastic movement for lay people designed to respond to the great hunger and thirst for spirituality that exists in today’s world.

Monasteries of the Heart is a monastery “without walls” — it unites individuals and groups by Benedictine values not necessarily geographic location. Monasteries of the Heart provides individual seekers a monastic website for spiritual sustenance and personal growth. It provides both creativity and stability by enabling community groups to form both an online and by the formation of small on-site communities of like-minded seekers who meet in parishes, homes, neighborhoods and prisons.

The Monastery of the Heart by Joan ChittisterMonasteries of the Heart began in April 2011 as an outreach of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. It was launched in conjunction with the publication of the movement’s basic text, The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life by Joan Chittister.

Erie Benedictine Mary Lou Kownacki, coordinator of the new movement, explains, “This is a response to requests that we’ve received to develop a new form of Benedictine spirituality for a new face of society. Monasteries of the Heart welcomes seekers of God everywhere.”

Why is there
Monasteries of the Heart

In a period of great spiritual search, the world needs the kind of ancient spiritual tradition that can energize the present as it has the past.

With this in mind the Benedictine Sisters of Erie have initiated Monasteries of the Heart: an online movement sharing Benedictine spirituality with contemporary seekers.

The Benedictine way of life has lasted for over 1,500 years because it has adapted to the times. Monasteries of the Heart is one more adaptation of this spirituality. We believe Benedictine life has something to offer to today’s search for community, spirituality, meaningful work, care of creation and peace.

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