Seeking workers in a multitude of people,
God calls out and says again:
“Is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to see good days?” (Ps.34:13)
If you hear this and your answer is “I do,”
God directs these words to you…
— Rule of Benedict: Prologue

If you desire to

— deepen your relationship with God, with others and with yourself

— ground your spirituality in values based on simplicity, respect, hospitality, and reverence for all life

— enter into a distinct relationship with others and want to be sustained by others on a similar spiritual path

Consider becoming an Oblate of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

Click here to download a PDF brochure about the Oblate Way of Life in relationship with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

For more information about the Oblate Way of Life contact one of our Oblate Directors:

Ann Hoffman, OSB
Oblate Director

Mount Saint Benedict Monastery
6101 East Lake Road
Erie, PA 16511-1599
T: 814-899-0614
F: 814-898-4004
E-mail Oblate Directors

Audrey Steff, OSB
Oblate Director

Mount Saint Benedict Monastery
6101 East Lake Road
Erie, PA 16511-1599
T: 814-899-0614
F: 814-898-4004
E-mail Oblate Directors

Living the Zeal of Benedict

Access Sister Marilyn's blog, Living the Zeal of Benedict

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2014 Oblate Initiates

2014 Oblate Initiates

Front row (L-R): Kylie Mack (Williamsville, NY), Nancy Tomassoni (Warren, PA), Barbara Bennett (Vineyard Haven, MA), Malinda Bostick (Erie, PA), Patricia Whitehill (Erie, PA).

Back row (L-R): Sister Anne Wambach, (Prioress), Jackie Burns (Delaware, OH─transfer), Beverly Hume (London, OH), Sisters Audrey Steff and Ann Hoffman (Co-Directors of the Oblate Program).

Missing from photo/unable to be present: Marie Kenote (Nanuet, NY)

2013 Oblate Initiates

2013 Erie Benedictine Oblate Initiates

Front, left to right: Caitlin O'Reilly (Dunkirk, NY), Sister Ann Hoffman and Sister Audrey Steff, Oblate co-directors, Janice Zimmerman (Erie, PA)

Back: Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress, Ken Laber (North East, PA) Rob Taylor (Erie, PA), Kathleen Petco (Buffalo, NY);

Unable to be present: Eileen Gross (Kent, OH), Susan Fullam (Greensboro, NC), Rob Mace (Seffner, FL) Barbara Oliver (Albany, NY)

Oblates Neil and Marge Himber
Oblate Mary Jo McEvoy

Prayer Requests

My friend Barbara's son Tim will have surgery for a torn/detaching retina tomorrow morning. He has had laser treatments to try and correct it the past few works but they have been unsuccessful...
Requested by Cheryl Bough
January 16, 2015
Prayers for Linda on the death of her mother Hazel Faasse on Monday 12/22 after a long battle with dementia.
Requested by Mary Hazlett, obl
December 26, 2014
Extreme pain caused by severe arthritis
Requested by Donna Lee
December 12, 2014
Thank you for prayers; Robert Uhl died peacefully Tuesday morning, December 2, 2014 at 9:15 am; may the angels lead him to paradise.
Requested by Frances Pickett
December 7, 2014
She is undergoing surgery on December 11, 2014. Please pray for her and her family. Thank you.
Requested by Barbara Strauch
December 4, 2014

Oblate Reading Suggestions

Wisdom Distilled from the Daily
Joan Chittister, OSB

Monk in the Inner City
Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB

Perspectives on the Rule of Saint Benedict: Expanding Our Hearts
Aquinata Bochmann, OSB

Engaging Benedict
Laura Swan, OSB

Monasteries of the Heart
Joan Chittister, OSB

A Share in the Kingdom: A Commentary on the Rule of Benedict for Oblates
Benet Tvedten, OSB

A Guide to Living the Truth: Saint Benedict’s Teaching on Humility
Michael Casey, OCSO

The Cloister Walk
Kathleen Norris

St. Benedict’s Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living
Jane Tomaine

The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century
Joan Chittister, OSB

The Song of the Seed: A Monastic Way of Tending the Soul
Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict
Esther DeWaal

Cherish Christ Above All
Demetrius Dumm, OSB

12 Steps to Inner Freedom: Humility Revisited
Joan Chittister, OSB

Rule of Benedict, 1980
Timothy Frye, OSB, Editor

Day By Day with Saint Benedict
Terrence G. Kardong, OSB

The Nonviolent Moment: Spirituality for the 21st Century
Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB

Desiring Life: Benedict on Wisdom and the Good Life
Norvene Vest