Thoughts from the Prioress

Thoughts from the Prioress

On July 11th I was installed as the 21st prioress of this Benedictine community. That day is now but a glorious memory. Life moves on; the daily takes precedence.

Gracefully embracing each day and all that it holds allows us to choose how we will respond to the challenges that come our way.

It is not unlike the Gospel story of the Visitation (Luke 1: 39-56) which I used as the inspiration for my Installation Day reflections. Mary, the mother of Jesus, sought out her cousin, Elizabeth. Each needed the support and companionship of the other as she responded to the designs of God in her life. This simple scene of two pregnant women, rejoicing in the life and love that was growing within them and reaching out to the other, clearly shows courage, commitment and faithfulness to the challenging and often surprising work of God within us.

My words today are simple: Like Mary and Elizabeth let us respond to God’s invitation to embrace the life and love growing within. It will allow us to be goodness in a world that needs the care and beauty we can offer it. Let us find reason to rejoice and proclaim the greatness of God!

Peace to you,
Sister Anne Wambach, OSB

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.