A Christmas Greeting

A Christmas Greeting

Here in this place may hope be found.
Deep in our hearts may love abound.

─from We are on Holy Ground by David Haas

The song, We are on Holy Ground, has held a special place in our Advent prayer at the monastery. With the Christmas season upon us it takes on an even deeper message: the birth of Jesus gives hope a life of its own.

In the midst of the anxiety that marks our world as a result of violence and terrorism, fear of the refugee, climate change, economic insecurity and so many challenges, Christmas calls each of us to be an incarnation of the hope that is ours in the Christ who is God-with-us ─ a light in the darkness, justice for the poor, advocate of mercy, the way, the truth and the life. May our celebration of this special time implement the beauty and grace of God and transform our lives and the world around us into a place of goodness and blessing.

Thank you for enlivening our hope through generosity and thoughtfulness, kindness and care. The graciousness of God's love has been made real to us through your supportive presence in our lives.

Enjoy our Christmas video and know that you are wished a most blessed Christmas and a reason to have hope in the New Year!

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, Prioress
and the Benedictine Sisters of Erie

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, the twenty-first prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania is a native of Philadelphia. She moved to Mount St. Benedict Monastery in 1992 to respond to a desire to experience the monastic way of life. Previously a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Chestnut Hill, Sister Anne began the formal transfer process to the Erie Benedictines in 1993 and made her monastic profession in 1997.

Sister Anne has served the people of the Diocese of Erie as a teacher at St. Gregory's School in North East, Pa., from 1992-1995, and at the Neighborhood Art House in Erie, beginning as program director in 1995 and as executive director since 2005. She served on the Monastic Council from 2006-2010.