The Oblate Way of Life

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

Dianne Sabol, 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

Spiritual Resources

Click here to access daily readings from the Rule of St. Benedict.

Click here to join the community in praying the psalms each day.

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

Recent stories about oblates

In case you missed it . . .

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, and sisters welcomed more than twenty individuals into their home at Mount...

Ohio Students Visit the Kids Cafe

“I reminded them that they are the age of several of our children who come to the Kids Cafe,” said Breanna Mekuly, a staff member of Emmaus...

What a party—Sister Placida’s 100th!

Sister Placida Anheuser turned 100 years old—is there any better reason to have a party? Not only that, but she is the first Erie Benedictine in...

Breanna Mekuly: We did it!

“I was on such an adrenaline high from biking so far,” said Emmaus Ministries staff member, Breanna Mekuly, “that I just kept peddling and...

When the end is the beginning

The smoking thurible filled with incense swooped through the space overhead and ritualized the end of the Camino walk for Carol Vaccariello. But...

Memories of a glorious celebration: Sister Patricia's Perpetual Monastic Profession

“Today we witness the profession of a woman who is responding to the constant call of God,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, on the occasion...



2016 Oblate Initiates

2016 Oblate Initiates

Front Row (L-R): Andreina Alvarado (Erie,PA) and Bonnie Johnson (Cherryfield, ME), initiates; Sister Ann Hoffman, oblate co-director

Back Row (L-R): Karen Wishner, initiate, (Rocky River, OH); Sisters Dianne Sabol, oblate co-director and Anne Wambach, prioress

Initiates unable to be present:
Monica Charles (Greenville, NC)
Christine Nord (Glenside, PA)
Ginny Slichter (Pottstown, PA)

Oblate visit to Mexico January 2015

The video above captures images of the visit 12 oblates of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, accompanied by Sister Claire Hudert, (who succumbed to cancer shortly after the trip) took to Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, to meet and visit with the oblate community that has existed there for almost 20 years. The 14 members of the Erie Benedictine oblate community in Mérida is an outgrowth of the Mission of Friendship that began in 1971 when the dioceses of the Yucatán and Erie began a cooperative relationship. Over the years several Erie Benedictines and oblates have served at the Mission of Friendship, visited Mérida and supported its work.

Oblate Janice Etchison organized the January 2015 trip. Read about it starting on page 8 of the current issue of The Mount.

Oblates Neil and Marge Himber
Oblate Mary Jo McEvoy

Prayer Requests

TF is in hospice care moving toward eternity.
Requested by Toni Allen
October 13, 2017
She had breast cancer 18 months ago and now she has been diagnosed with MS. She is 60.
Requested by Lou-Anne Dillard
September 20, 2017
Tony Thomas has brain tumor  Partially removed today, it is cancer...more surgery next week
Tony has under gone Surgery for an aggressive brain cancer. It was too large to remove all. Surgeons going in next week. Tony and wife Jane are the light of many peoples lives. They minister to...
Requested by virginia Cascarilla
August 24, 2017
Anthony Thomas, man of faith and light please pray for healing of mass on brian
Tony is a man of God, filled with Holy Spirit, a light and strength for so many. Please pray for Holy Spirit to cleanse his body of cancer. Give him and his wife strength, courage and peace....
Requested by Virginia Cascarilla
August 21, 2017

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