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

Take Back the Site Vigil Honors Two 16 Year Old Victims

The third vigil in as many weeks, this one for two victims.

Another death by gun last night.

Two more vigils yet to be scheduled...

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Three Sisters Transfer Vows to the Benedictine Sisters of Erie

“God’s constancy and your faithfulness in response bring us to this very special moment,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, to Sisters Kathleen...

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Postulants Request Entrance into the Novitiate

“I would like to continue to seek God while living out my faith in this community” said Dina Lauricella as she made the request to continue in the...

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70 Years Later: A Mantra for Peace Continues

The church calendar marks August 6 as the feast of the Transfiguration, the day on which the disciples of Jesus encountered who Jesus really is...

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Sister Jubilarians Celebrate 70 and 60 Years of Monastic Profession

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie opened their annual August community days with a special evening prayer and a renewal of vows by this year’s...

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Erie Gives Day

Emmaus Director Sister Mary Miller appeared on the cover of Lake Erie LifeStyle magazine to promote one of Erie’s most important fundraisers. The...

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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

Please pray for my friend Barbara. Cancer was discovered during recent surgery and she is waiting to see an oncologist for further tests.
Requested by Cheryl Bough
August 20, 2015
On March 3, Julie was stabbed in performing her duties as a police officer. The assailant was shot and killed. For follow-up care was less than adequate. She is having a very difficult time and...
Requested by Emma Krueger
July 7, 2015
Wayne is a dear friend and neighbor who was riding his motorcycle to work on Thursday, July 2nd and was hit by a car. His hips and leg were broken and he has internal injuries. He is in ICU. He is...
Requested by Lou-Anne Dillard
July 6, 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