September 28, 2013 Jubilee Reflections

September 28, 2013 Jubilee Reflections

Good afternoon and welcome to Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. I am Sister Anne Wambach, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, and on behalf of all the sisters of our community I welcome you to this joyful celebration with us today.

The Jubilee year is a sacred time, a time of celebration, a time to “shout for joy,” yes, a time to rejoice for all that God has done.

Each year we look forward to the celebration of the jubilees of 50 and 25 years of monastic profession, with the families, friends and colleagues who have had such a special role in enriching our sisters’ lives and, in turn, enriching the life of our community through them.

These six sisters are a significant part of our community. Their years of dedication to the People of God in education, social services, health care and mission work have helped to form the heart of the community that you see here today.

The Rule of Benedict, that is such a pivotal part of our lives, urges us on by stating, “Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.” I have seen witnessed this “way of acting” in the lives of these jubilarians every day. Their ways of acting, of sharing, of giving, of caring, of making decisions have been different—are different, and we are all the better for their choices.

We gather here today to celebrate and to say: thank you sisters. Thank you Claire, Annette, Pat, Marcia, Mary Ellen and Therese. Thank you for what you have brought to each of us who rejoice in this special day with you. Thank you for your lifetime of “seeking God” as a Benedictine Sister 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.