Welcome to ErieBenedictines.org

Welcome to ErieBenedictines.org

As the prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie I welcome you to our web site---a window into the heart and soul of a community of women who have committed themselves to seek God in the communal life and to respond in prayer and ministry.

Embracing the Rule of Benedict as our guide we strive to live ordinary life extraordinarily well and to view the world through eyes that recognize beauty and hearts that embrace good.

We are God-seekers and peace-makers. We have committed ourselves to be a healing presence and a prophetic witness for truth and justice.

Standing in the middle of a trinity of time---past, present and future---we work to glorify God in all things and in all ways: through a rhythm of prayer, daily life lived well, and a variety of ministries carried out with compassion, care, courage and conviction.

I invite you to explore our web site. Join us in daily prayer, reflect on the Rule of Benedict, post a prayer request, contact a sister, keep abreast of upcoming events, view a video, meditate with a song, and find information about guest accommodations and supporting the monastery.

May this web site with its pictures and stories, prayers and blogs, testimonials and songs, allow you to be touched by God and enriched in surprising and new ways so that you may, as Benedict says so well in the Prologue to the Rule: “Run, while you have the light of life . . .”

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.