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

Dianne Roussel is in the hospital where several tumors will be evaluated this week for possible cancer. Prayers for healing for her and prayers for God's presence for her family, especially her...
Requested by Donna Lee
April 12, 2015
Pat fell on ice in January and broke her wrist. Please pray for her healing; it is taking a very long time; her work schedule has been decreased and she is now facing financial difficulties as...
Requested by Frances Pickett
April 8, 2015
My nephew, Jonathan, age 29 has been fighting a so-far undiagnosed illness for over a year. He has seen doctors all over the country and no one has been able to figure out the problem, yet he...
Requested by Sally Maleno, Oblate
March 3, 2015
During this Lent, pray that we all can begin again, listen, and renew our love for the Lord.
Requested by James Moore
February 18, 2015

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