The Order of Saint Benedict


Alliance for International Monasticism - AIM USA

Benedictine Heritage:
Good News for the Poor from Africa to Inner City, USA

Thursday - Sunday
10-13 April 1997
Erie, PA

Joan Chittister OSB, AIM Board Member, international author and lecturer, and founder and Executive Director of Benetvision: Research and Resources for Contemporary Spirituality.
Sister Joan Chairs the Benedictine Sisters Inner-City Fund the first project of which an Inner-City Neighborhood Art House.

Bellarmine Bernas OSB is a member of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Manila, Philippines, and past president of St. Scholastica's College in Manila. She has founded a secondary school for sisters of the Mtwara diocese in Tanzania.

Sister Regina Leopeng OSB is past-prioress of Saint Scholastica Monastery in South Africa.

Rev. Cyprian Davis OSB is professor of Church History at St. Meinrad School of Theology. A noted author, his major work is The History of Black Catholics in the US Church, a landmark study and important resource.

Edwin Leahy OSB a monk of Newark Abbey, Newark, NJ, is headmaster of St. Benedict Prep in Newark.

Mary Lou Kownacki OSB, executive director of AIM USA, has been involved in peace and inner-city ministries for over 25 years.

In addition to conference presentations, experience inner-city Erie:

  • Innovative job training programs, Inner-City Neighborhood Art House, Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, Common Threads (employment for unemployed and underemployed women), Bilingual head start for children of migrant workers
  • Prayer, Socials, Discussions, Artistic expression
  • An evening at Glinodo Conference Center on Lake Erie, Liturgy at Mount St. Benedict Monastery

Begins Thursday, 10 April; registration, 5-7 P.M.; ends Sunday, 13 April with brunch at noon.

Workshop Fee:
$325 per person includes accommodations for three nights; 8 meals; social/activities; transportation to and from the Erie airport

Pre-Registration Discount:
A $15 discount will be given to those whose registration is paid in full and postmarked by 27 February 1997.

Housing is a Villa Maria Conference Center in semi-private rooms.

For more information:

AIM National Office
Saint Benedict Center
355 East Ninth Street
Erie, PA 16503-1107

Phone 814-453-4724; fax 814-459-8066; E-mail: <Marlene Bertke OSB>, Associate Director, AIM USA

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