Thoughts from the Prioress on Memories

Thoughts from the Prioress on Memories

Recently I attended the funeral of the mother of one of my long-time friends. Their family and ours were neighbors. Their six girls and our five all attended the same high school and the boys and girls in both families overlapped grades and school crowds for years.

Burying our parents seems to be a rite of passage for most 40-65 year olds. It brings with it a cacophony of emotions and moments as we meet up again with childhood memories that have been “on hold” for decades.

November is one of the months, in both church and civic life, that lends itself to such memories. In its first two days, All Saints and All Souls Day, we chant beautiful morning and evening prayers, specially chosen for these feasts.

This month we also hold our Community of Life program in which our sisters pray intentionally for the persons whose names and needs are given to each of us by friends and donors. Then, at the end of the month, as Americans we celebrate Thanksgiving—a day in our culture when we acknowledge gratitude for the blessings that have come to us.

Please join us in remembering all of our loved ones, living and deceased. Know of my prayers for you and yours, especially in this month of memories.

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.