In history, eclipses have had a profound meaning, especially for people of faith. For the upcoming eclipse, it's still going to be an influential event. Sister Linda Romey with the Benedictine Sisters said the upcoming eclipse will be an opportunity to connect with creation.

"We follow the rule of Benedict, which was written in the sixth century, and in that rule Benedict makes adjustments when the length of days changes and when the seasons change. You know 1500 years ago, they weren't able to create an artificial environment like we do. They were very much in tune with the natural world, which we really are not, but we are given a once in a lifetime event of this magnitude to recognize the gift of creation, our connection with creation, and to celebrate that with others," Romey said.

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie will have a solar eclipse evening prayer Sunday night, an eclipse retreat Monday morning, and they’ll have their Glinodo space open for people to watch the eclipse. They say they're excited for everyone who's coming to experience it.

“I can think of 15 states off the top of my head. We have somebody from England. I believe someone from Germany coming as well, but also just to see people from all different ages. I've had a few people contact me saying that they’re bringing their 98-year-old grandmother, and I very much think people are realizing the once in the lifetime-ness of it,” the program and events coordinator for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Michelle Scully said. 

Romey said it's a great opportunity to celebrate this natural phenomenon, share their space and share their faith.

“To share a piece of our Benedict spirituality with others— I mean that gives us a lot of joy. Then just throw in the eclipse, a once in a lifetime event, and it just can't get better than that,” Romey said.