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

Prioress' reflections for the Feast of Benedict: The Artisans of the Monastery

Sister Anne Wambach’s reflections for the March 21 Feast of Benedict and the Women’s Art Show currently on display in the monastery’s Chapter 57...

Emmaus Congratulates Board Member on Romero Award

Mary Hoffman, board member and volunteer at Emmaus Ministries, was presented the 2018 Archbishop Oscar Romero Award by Mercyhurst University...

Celebrate Benedict and "seed the future"

Benedictines around the world celebrate the Solemnity of Benedict on March 21. This day is the commemoration of the death of St. Benedict of...

The Mount hosts "Be the Light" Leadership Team from Canisius College

Thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Canisius College has been able to offer a special summer program to high school...

40 Cans for Lent

Chocolate. Facebook. Twitter. Meat. Sweets. Alcohol. Soda. During Lent, these are some of the most common things people give up.


2018 NCSW comes to an end

As National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) comes to a close on March 14, we realize that Sunday, March 11 will long be remembered by the more than...



2017 Oblate Initiates

2017 Oblate Initiates

Photo: Standing (L-R): Sister Dianne Sabol (Oblate Co-director), Dave Jesenovec (Willowick, OH), Rose Anne Jesenovec (Willowick, OH), Jane Potocki (McKean, PA), Kathy Pforr (Mentor, OH), Rosemary Gantz (San Antonio, TX), Sister Ann Hoffman (Oblate Co-director)
Seated (L-R): Diane Cunningham (Kentwood, MI), Margaret Bercovitz (Cheshire, CT), Dave Rettman (Erie, PA)

Unable to be present: Virginia Heimer (Walnutport, 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

For the repose of the soul of Ron Bond Jr. who recently passed away.
Requested by Sheila Warner, oblate
March 5, 2018
as she begins another round of chemo.
Requested by Toni Allen
February 28, 2018
Tony is having hip replacement surgery on Feb. 26. Concern is heart issues and age (85)
Requested by Sheila Warner, oblate
February 17, 2018

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