Prayer, Thanksgiving and Peace

Prayer, Thanksgiving and Peace


During the past year we have seen the worst of times in many ways: the international refugee crisis, racial disparity, the rise of drug addiction, the escalation of violence, political unrest, a nation challenged to build strong communities of kindness and care, reconciliation and unity . . . And yet, here we are at the beginning of the holiday season, marked by a day that calls us to be grateful. I think of the scripture from the letter to the Philippians: “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4: 6-7)

Let us make room during this holiday to pray and be grateful for both the best and the worst of times so that we will know the blessing of God’s peace which is beyond human comprehension—the peace that will allow our gratitude to come alive in the extension of hospitality to people of all nations and races, of outreach to the poor and oppressed, of kindness to the distressed and sorrowful, of forgiveness to ourselves and others.

Our gift to you is a wish for peace sung by our sisters’ schola. May you find comfort in its message, energy in its hope, and encouragement in its promise.

On behalf of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, I wish you a most blessed season of giving thanks!

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, Prioress

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.