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

Women's March in Erie

At the Women’s March held in Erie, one of the sister marches throughout the United States organized to companion the Women’s March on Washington,...

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Benedictine Sisters and Oblates to Participate in the Women's March on Washington

On her way to the Women’s March in Washington with companion sisters and friends, Sister Mary Miller writes: “We stopped for a break on the PA...

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TreeCycling Event benefits Emmaus Ministries

What do you do with your Christmas tree after the holiday season is over?

The Millcreek Township encourages all residents of Erie County to...

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18-25, 2017 is the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme chosen for 2017 is Reconciliation – The Love of...

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Canisius Students Complete Week of Service at the Mount

For seven students and their adult mentor, winter break meant a trip to Erie. Once again our relationship with Canisius College was made even...

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Celebrate the Ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday...

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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

Dear Sisters, thank you for being and praying. Please pray for my health, very challenged lately, so that I can continue to raise my teen son. And for his health, mental, spiritual and physical,...
Requested by Lavi Jennings
January 20, 2017
Please pray for healing. Joanne had a fall 3 weeks ago. She is having difficulty walking and may need to have back surgery.
Requested by Patricia Rettger
January 13, 2017
as they celebrate the life of Sister Janet who will be buried Jan 11.
Requested by Toni Allen
January 6, 2017
as they prepare to celebrate the life of their mother, Mary Hoffman, who will be buried December 29.
Requested by Toni Allen
December 28, 2016
Dianne died last night of lung cancer. She was 53 years old.
Requested by Donna Marie Lee
December 25, 2016

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