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

Father Jim Piszker at Mount St. Benedict Monastery
The secret is out of the bag

“Well, the secret is out of the bag,” said one guest after attending the Enrichment Series which featured Father Jim Piszker and his presentation...

FREE Pickleball DEMO DAY: Sign Up NOW--Space is Limited

If you are interested in learning to play Pickleball then this demo-day is meant for you. You can watch it or play it on Saturday,...

The World is Becoming Smaller and Much Bigger

Erin Carey, a 22 year old graduate of St. Benedict’s College in Minnesota, is volunteering here in Erie as part of the Benedictine Women Service...

What better way to say thank you than with a Pasta Dinner and Ice Cream Sundaes?

Pasta and Meatballs, salad and bread, and ice cream sundaes---who wouldn’t like that? Perhaps it is better to ask: Who always likes that? And...

AIM USA Launches new website

“Thanks to Sister Linda Romey, our community web tech, we are pleased to reveal a beautiful new...

Joan Chittister Live Webinar: Women and Moral Leadership

“People get the leaders they deserve” is an old adage. But is it true? Join Joan Chittister for “Women and Moral Leadership,” a live-streamed...



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

Please pray for the spiritual growth of all in addition to their special needs: For my daughter, Bella for mental, emotional and physical healing and strength and  those that are treating her and...
Requested by Dawn Manfredi
October 11, 2016
My husband has been out of work for a year and a half. A few days ago he had an interview for an IT job with disabled adults, helping them learn new skills and keeping the technology infrastructure...
Requested by Anne Hambrick
September 25, 2016
Both Bethanne and Maria are struggling with health issues.
Requested by MaryJo McEvoy
September 7, 2016
Maureen is in the hospital fighting an infection along with fighting cancer.
Requested by MaryJo McEvoy
September 7, 2016
Naomi was recently born in Pittsburgh. She was 14 weeks premature. Prayers for her and the doctors guiding her care.
Requested by Paula Michalegko
August 30, 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