Community of Life & Hope 2017

“The early Christians used an anchor as a symbol of hope,” Pope Francis said, "To have our hearts anchored up there where our loved ones are, where the saints are, where Jesus is, where God is — that is hope. That is the hope that doesn't disappoint."

Benedictine Sisters of Erie Community of Life & Hope 2017Dear Friend,

Most of us have experienced a profound grief when a dear friend, family member, or even a cherished pet dies. I’m certain that, like me, you miss them terribly and think of them often. However, I know that I receive comfort when I honor the memory of my loved ones through prayer.

One of the most important gifts we bring to one another is to support each other in prayer. At times life can be difficult and overwhelming. The support of others can give us strength, bring us hope, and let us know that we are part of a community of love and care.

In November we celebrate our deceased loved ones in a significant way especially on All Saints and All Souls Days. At Mount Saint Benedict Monastery the sisters and I continue this tradition. We invite you to be a part of our prayer community and join us in a truly spiritual way during the entire month of November. We also want to remember the intentions of those still living.

Whether it’s for a deceased loved one, or a prayer request for yourself, family, or friends, just send us the names of those for whom you would like us to pray by clicking here. You can also click here to print a PDF version of this letter and send it to us via regular mail: Benedictine Sisters of Erie, 6101 E. Lake Rd., Erie, PA 16511. All of your names and intentions will be placed in the chapel and be remembered everyday by the entire community. Also, a sister will include your intentions and your loved ones in her own daily prayers.

I hope you will accept this invitation to a special Mass on the Feast of Christ the King at the monastery, Sunday, November 26 at 9:30 a.m., followed by coffee and breads.

We give thanks for the blessings and hope you bring to us, and for joining us in prayer,

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB

P.S. An offering for the Community of Life program is not necessary. Any contribution is appreciated and will enable our ministries to continue. Thank you.