1218 French St (#7) Erie, Pennsylvania 16501, United States
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Transforming Lives One Breath in Time

But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand

Isahiah 64:8

A Word From Our Founder

"You Never Had it so Good" ~Fr. Pete

“Maria House is a culmination of God’s guidance of people in a way that gives them freedom and purpose and the situations to which they share the sense of working with God.  

At first, it was convened with a few living situations that required working together for people who were not accustomed to working together.

The needs were so extensive that MHP became a new way of life that enveloped so much of life, the planning for it was rooted in Divine Plan which we call 'providential'.” 

– Fr. Pete

Msgr. Peterson ("Fr Pete") Founder

 ~ November 14, 1923- May 14, 2013 ~

"The Spirit of the Lord is Upon You" Isaiah 61:1

Welcome

Maria House Project is a home mission in the Diocese of Erie, founded by Fr. James Peterson in 1971, providing small group living for 30-35 men needing community to heal. Maria House Project residents are recovering from addictions, incarceration, homelessness, mental and emotional illness, probation and parole, war and isolation.  Maria House Project is a non-profit organization which is blessed to have over one hundred dedicated volunteers serving an average of 100 men annually.  We take pride in the fact that Maria House Project has a recidivism rate that is significantly lower than the state average. 
 

Resources For Our Journey

Br. David Steindl-Rast

"DAVID STEINDL-RAST After twelve years of monastic training and studies in philosophy and theology, Brother David was sent by his abbot to participate in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, for which he received Vatican approval in 1967. His Zen teachers were Hakkuun Yasutani Roshi, Soen Nakagawa Roshi, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and Eido Shimano Roshi. He co-founded the Center for Spiritual Studies in 1968 and received the 1975 Martin Buber Award for his achievements in building bridges between religious traditions."


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Fr. Richard Rohr

"Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized."


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Fr. Thomas Keating

Fr. Thomas Keating is a founding member and the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach.  

Fr. Keating is one of the principal architects and teachers of the Christian contemplative prayer movement and, in many ways, Contemplative Outreach is a manifestation of his longtime desire to contribute to the recovery of the contemplative dimension of Christianity. 

Fr. Keating's interest in contemplative prayer began during his freshman year at Yale University in 1940 when he became aware of the Church's history and of the writings of Christian mystics. 


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