Thursday, February 7, 2013

It's all good

It's all good news today. This weekend we celebrate the feast of Scholastica, sister of Benedict and foremother for all Benedictine women. There are a number of St. Scholastica monasteries in the US and our Federation of 20 member monasteries is the Federation of St. Scholastica. The first prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie was Mother Scholastica Burkhard, so the name, although not well known even in Catholic circles, is quite known in the monastic world.

This year we're pairing our Vigil celebration of St. Scholastica on Saturday night with our 2013 Prophet of Peace award. This award is given to an individual or group that shares our charism and philosophy of peace and justice. The recipient is an Erie man who has spent his whole life in community-based work, including city government, neighbor centers, countless committees and groups working for the betterment of the live of the people of Erie, especially its African-Americans. His name is Gary Horton and you will hear more about him later.

More good news came when we were told that we will probably move back into our dining room next week. 99% of the work will be completed and only the flooring, which is held up in shipping, will be wanting, but we'll move back so that the work team can continue into the community room half of the project. We'll just handle the flooring when it gets here.

And in the dining room, here is our lovely stained-glass window divider, newly cleaned and refurbished. It just sparkles!