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

Advent Vigils at the Mount

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Gratitude makes us Joyful

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Catholic Social Teaching with Sister Simone Campbell

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Monthly Immigration Vigil: Change of Time and Place

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Conversation & Book Reading: A success!

An overflow crowd attended a “Conversation & Book Reading with Joan Chittister" at The Studio at Saint Mary’s in Erie, on November 18. Sister...

Rising Again

“We are still in the process of determining how to proceed so that our guests can be served in a dignified manner,” said Sister Mary Miller,...



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

Chris, who is my godmother, is in a rehabilitation facility recovering from a bad fall. I don't have any details as yet but she is expected to be in rehab for about a month.
Requested by Donna Lee
November 12, 2015
Parents of oblates. Lou-Anne Dillard and Jean Ockuly. Our father is dying lungs filling with fluid. The hospice nurse has told us it could be hours or a week at the most. My mother who suffers from...
Requested by Jean Ockuly
October 22, 2015
Job security and pass his test on Nov.2 Michael that he will do well in school and make good friends.
Requested by shaon
October 20, 2015
For Rachel 's son Patrick whose brain tumor has relapsed and he now has an inoperable, stage 4 malignant brain tumor with no expectation of a cure. He is 21. Please keep Rachel, her son Patrick...
Requested by Cheryl Bough
October 2, 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