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

Laudato Si', the Pope's Encyclical on the Environment: A Catalyst for Change

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie featured a response to Pope Francis’s most recent encyclical about the environment, Laudato Si’, in their...

Read the latest on the Fire and Re-Opening of Emmaus Soup Kitchen

The fire at Emmaus and the reopening of the soup kitchen were featured in three recent Erie Times-News stories.

To read about...

Enrichment Series: A reflection on Laudato Si’, the Environmental Encyclical of Pope Francis

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie will continue their Enrichment Series with a presentation on Pope Francis’ environment encyclical, Laudato Si...

October Begins with Pumpkin Carving at NAH

October brings thoughts of Halloween and for the children at the Neighborhood Art House (NAH) that includes pumpkin carving. “It’s always a treat...

A Beautiful Testimony to the Vision of Active Nonviolence

“It was a powerful, beautiful testimony to the vision of active nonviolence,” said Janice Etchison, oblate and member of the Benedictines for...

Community of Life 2015

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie announce the annual Community of Life program for November, 2015. This is an opportunity for you to submit the...



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)

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

For Rachel 's son Patrick whose brain tumor has relapsed and he now has an inoperable, stage 4 malignant brain tumor with no expectation of a cure. He is 21. Please keep Rachel, her son Patrick...
Requested by Cheryl Bough
October 2, 2015
For graces to support her and keep her safe and drug free while her boyfriend is incarcerated.
Requested by Bonnie Callahan
September 18, 2015
For graces to support her in the care of her 4 children while her husband is incarcerated.
Requested by Bonnie Callahan
September 18, 2015
Our 28 years old daughter has been diagnosed with an epidermoid cyst pressing against the brain stem. September 17 we will meet with a neurosurgeon. Thank you for your prayer.
Requested by Toni Allen
September 14, 2015
Brian lost his battle with ALS. He died September 9th. Please pray for his wife Jenny and children Mitchel, Carter and Olivia during this difficult time.
Requested by Pat Rettger
September 13, 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