Prayer at the beginning of Lent

Prayer at the beginning of Lent

God of mercy,
God of love,
look on us with kindness
as we turn our hearts to you.

Together as community
we have received
the blessing of ashes,
--a sign of repentance
and commitment to both
personal and communal conversion.

Blessed are you
for calling us now
to all we are to become.

Be our strength
as we seek to support one another
in the Lenten journey we have begun.


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.