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

What's Giving You Hope These Days?

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Energized Kids

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Meet SBEC Volunteers: Bill and Marilyn Reiser

One morning, Bill Reiser offered to substitute for his sister, Marilyn, at her volunteer workplace Treasures and Such. He was impressed with the...

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Villa Maria Girls: Day of Caring at the Mount

The student bodies from Villa Maria Academy (VMA) and Cathedral Prep, along with faculty and staff, recently spread out in the Erie community for...

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Filled with Surprises

If you go to the after school program at the Emmaus Kids Cafe you can be sure you’re getting a hot and nutritious home cooked meal, but after that...

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NAH Students take a Spring Field Trip to Glinodo

Thirty-one very excited children, all students at the Neighborhood Art House (NAH), boarded a bus to Glinodo Center in Harborcreek Wednesday...

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2015 Oblate Initiates

2015 Oblate Initiates

Front row: (L-R): Colleen Ahearn (Harborcreek, PA), Mary Hembrow-Snyder (Erie, PA), Neal Mosher (Burlington, Ontario, Canada), Jacqueline Small (Princeton, NJ)

Back row (L-R): Josh Kissel (Erie, PA), Kate Dougherty (Concord, CA), Nancy Leatherman (Lima, Ohio), Mary Ann Matlock (Erie, PA), Joan Eighmey (Pittsfield, PA), Mary Sullivan (Youngsville, PA).

Unable to be present:
Pam Erdely (Pittsburgh, PA)
Helen T. Kacik (San Diego, CA)
Helen Moczarski (Lima, OH)
James Rosati (Bridgewater, NJ)
Carol Vaccariello (Medina, OH)

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

My sister Kate Bender almost died last week. She has been in the hospital now for 10 days and will be going to a rehabilitation hospital some time this week. Her condition requires a very long...
Requested by Barbara J Hauck
May 2, 2016
Please pray for me, my family and friends.
Requested by Javier Miguel
April 29, 2016
Buddy is having heart surgery today to replace a damaged valve. He needs prayers for successful surgery and a recovery that will allow him to lead a useful life.
Requested by Frances Pickett
April 26, 2016
Andrea is facing difficult surgery today; this was arranged only yesterday.
Requested by Frances Pickett
March 24, 2016
My daughter Rebecca has two daughters who have learning challenges and special needs. She doesn't handle the stress well and has little patience with them. She feels overwhelmed and has begun...
Requested by Laura mayo
March 11, 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