Thoughts from the Prioress on Easter

Thoughts from the Prioress on Easter

Easter has come again! God has been faithful to the promise of Life. Light shines out in the darkness, water flows freely, flowers spread color, new fragrances permeate the air─ all around us the world is fresh and new. We celebrate the resurrection of Christ and we sing Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! It is our prayer; it is our song. It can lighten our hearts; it can free our spirits. We are called to rejoice that the light of Christ has risen in our midst and to be ever mindful of the love of Christ that enfolds us for all eternity. Easter summons us to reverence the power of Christ which protects us in every age and moves us to cherish the presence of Christ always with us.

Our faith in the resurrection becomes clear and strong in every Alleluia that we sing. More importantly, it shows itself in every word and deed. By singing Alleluia we engage in the praise of God with our voices and commit ourselves to praise God with our minds, hearts, spirits and lives. Easter joy allows us to celebrate fully, love unselfishly, and serve faithfully.

May this Easter invite you to sing Alleluia ─ to define your life in the light of Resurrection. Receive each day and every moment as a new fullness of life; embrace each sign of beauty in the realization of God’s unfailing goodness; offer every possible kindness to yourself, your loved ones, all of God’s people and the world. These will be the signs that Jesus is indeed alive.

On behalf of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, I wish you fullness of blessing and the gift of deep and abiding peace that results from being able to sing a rich and full, endless Alleluia!

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.