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.

For more information about the Oblate Way of Life contact:

Joanne Cahill OSB Obl and Dianne Sabol, OSB
Oblate Co-Directors

T: 814-899-0614 ext 2402
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

Oblate Joanne Cahill and Sister Dianne Sabol, Oblate Co-directors
For the first time an oblate and a sister will co-direct oblate program

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie have named Oblate Joanne Cahill (left) as the first oblate co-director of the 275 oblates of the community. Joanne...

Sister Stephanie high-fives with Oblate Sheila McLaughlin.
Celebrating a new prioress

Flexibility is a thread running through the Rule of Benedict. If one way doesn’t work, try another. And that is what a group of Erie Benedictine...

Celebrating Jubilees and faithfulness to the Monastic Way of Life

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie celebrated the sisters who renewed their vows on the occasion of 60 years of monastic profession on Wednesday...

Flowers in Bloom at Emmaus Soup Kitchen

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope,” said Lady Bird Johnson. Right now, there is great hope in bloom at Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry....

World Day Against Human Trafficking

In 2013, the United Nations member states adopted a resolution which designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. They...

Seeing the world in a single ray of light

Sister Ann Hoffman, Executive Director of Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM) USA...



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 friend John just found out he has colon cancer. He's only 51 years old,has a wife and has two daughters in high school. Your prayers are very much appreciated. Thank you, MaryJo
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November 10, 2022
John has just been diagnosed with colon cancer. A dear friend with a loving wife and two daughters.
Requested by MaryJo McEvoy
November 4, 2022
Jan suffered a significant heart attack yesterday and is in the intensive care unit. Please pray for him
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October 17, 2022

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