Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving is upon us. It is a day of gatherings: parades, football games, turkey dinners. It is time for family and friends; time for reflection on the many gifts we have been given; time to be grateful for our blessings.

In Genesis 12:2, God says: "I will bless you ... so that you will be a blessing." Therein lies the challenge of Thanksgiving and the message of our wishes.

As we give thanks for our blessings may we also reflect on how we have been and can be blessing for others. The Beatitudes, the teachings of Jesus for a meaningful Christian life, lay it out carefully and our video message for you encompasses what that means. We are grateful to you--our families, friends, and benefactors--who make it possible for us to uphold our ministries of service to God's people and our work for peace and justice. Your support and love are gifts beyond measure to us.

The music for our video was written by Sister Mary David Callahan (1923-2005) and is sung by the Monastery Schola. The last lines of the song capture our Thanksgiving message best: You are the salt of the earth and you are the light of the world. These words are a reminder of the blessing each one of us is called to be. Like salt may we enhance the lives of others by showing them love through action; like light may we illumine the darkness in our world with kindness and care.

As we make time to give thanks for our many blessings may we take to heart the call to be a blessing.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Benedictine Sisters of Erie!

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.