We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song!

We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song!

Alleluia—so simple, so universal. A word used to exclaim praise and gratitude. A word associated very specially with Easter: Alleluia! Jesus is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

“We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song,” proclaimed St. Augustine. This age-old quote challenges us yet again as we celebrate this joyous season—as we sing our alleluias and rejoice in the one who died and rose to save us. God loved us so much that he sent his only son, Jesus, to suffer, die and rise from the dead for us.

As an alleluia people let us proclaim that Easter is not a story to tell but a faith, hope, joy and love to be lived. Let us be alleluia people so that we might be able to transform lives, church, neighborhoods, nation and world.

In the name of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie I offer you a special alleluia sung by our Sisters’ Schola. It is our song, it is our joy. It is our promise to be Easter people today and every day for you—our family, friends and benefactors and for those with whom we work and to whom we minister.

May you know the blessings of a beautiful alleluia in your life so that you, too, may be an “Easter people.”

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.