Thoughts from the Prioress on Blessing

Thoughts from the Prioress on Blessing

As prioress of the community one of the privileges that I have is that of extending a blessing to the sisters and guests at the closing of morning and evening prayer each day. From the first blessing offered, doing this has changed my life and my prayer tremendously. Each day, I am called to deeper awareness of the needs of the world. Each day, I am reminded of the ways that our prayer can transform us and transform the world.

Trained in liturgy and with background in theology, I have always been aware of the liturgical calendar and the significance of celebrating the lives of the saints, both past and present day saints. However, of late, the call to spend more time in prayer and spiritual reading has made the daily more sacred for me. How does God bless us each day? What does God desire for us and for the world, each day? I have found it so meaningful to ponder this in the midst of my everyday encounters that I offer it to you to ponder as well: How does God bless you each day? What does God desire for you and for the world each day?

With one blessing our lives can change; with one blessing we can change the life of another.

May you know God’s blessings and may you share a blessing with others today!

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.