The Oblate Way of Life

If you desire to

— deepen your relationship with God, with others and with yourself

— ground your spirituality in values based on simplicity, respect, hospitality, and reverence for all life

— enter into a distinct relationship with others and want to be sustained by others on a similar spiritual path

Consider becoming an Oblate of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

Click here to download a PDF brochure about the Oblate Way of Life in relationship with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

For more information about the Oblate Way of Life contact one of our Oblate Directors:

Ann Hoffman, OSB
Oblate Director

Mount Saint Benedict Monastery
6101 East Lake Road
Erie, PA 16511-1599
T: 814-899-0614
F: 814-898-4004
E-mail Oblate Directors

Dianne Sabol, OSB
Oblate Director

Mount Saint Benedict Monastery
6101 East Lake Road
Erie, PA 16511-1599
T: 814-899-0614
F: 814-898-4004
E-mail Oblate Directors

Spiritual Resources

Click here to access daily readings from the Rule of St. Benedict.

Click here to join the community in praying the psalms each day.

Access Sister Marilyn's blog, Living the Zeal of Benedict

Recent stories about oblates

TBTS: An effort to restore peace

The first homicide victim of 2017 was remembered at a TAKE BACK THE SITE VIGIL held on February 23. Marcell Jakeem Flemings was senselessly gunned...

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Blessed by a Riepper named Jessica Varquez

“For the past 6 months the community has been blessed yet again by a ‘Riepper’ in our midst,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. The community...

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Build Bridges, Not Walls--Justice for Immigrants

The Justice for Immigrants Vigil organized by Benedictines for Peace was held...

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Emmaus, Sixth graders and Cookies

Instead of going to the movies together or going to the roller rink, on a recent day when school was dismissed early, thirteen sixth grade girls...

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Build Bridges, Not Walls

A number of national groups (LCWR, USCCB, Network, etc.) and advocates for social justice are calling for immigration vigils this week during...

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A Cardboard House?

Dear Friends of Emmaus,

the homeless man
takes off his shoes before
his cardboard house
--Penny Harter

This poem...

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2016 Oblate Initiates

2016 Oblate Initiates

Front Row (L-R): Andreina Alvarado (Erie,PA) and Bonnie Johnson (Cherryfield, ME), initiates; Sister Ann Hoffman, oblate co-director

Back Row (L-R): Karen Wishner, initiate, (Rocky River, OH); Sisters Dianne Sabol, oblate co-director and Anne Wambach, prioress

Initiates unable to be present:
Monica Charles (Greenville, NC)
Christine Nord (Glenside, PA)
Ginny Slichter (Pottstown, PA)

Oblate visit to Mexico January 2015

The video above captures images of the visit 12 oblates of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, accompanied by Sister Claire Hudert, (who succumbed to cancer shortly after the trip) took to Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, to meet and visit with the oblate community that has existed there for almost 20 years. The 14 members of the Erie Benedictine oblate community in Mérida is an outgrowth of the Mission of Friendship that began in 1971 when the dioceses of the Yucatán and Erie began a cooperative relationship. Over the years several Erie Benedictines and oblates have served at the Mission of Friendship, visited Mérida and supported its work.

Oblate Janice Etchison organized the January 2015 trip. Read about it starting on page 8 of the current issue of The Mount.

Oblates Neil and Marge Himber
Oblate Mary Jo McEvoy

Prayer Requests

My children who Know Jesus but have put Him "off to the side" and for others in this world that have done the same. Thank you and God Bless.
Requested by laurie fultz
February 22, 2017
Dear Sisters, thank you for being and praying. Please pray for my health, very challenged lately, so that I can continue to raise my teen son. And for his health, mental, spiritual and physical,...
Requested by Lavi Jennings
January 20, 2017
Please pray for healing. Joanne had a fall 3 weeks ago. She is having difficulty walking and may need to have back surgery.
Requested by Patricia Rettger
January 13, 2017
as they celebrate the life of Sister Janet who will be buried Jan 11.
Requested by Toni Allen
January 6, 2017
as they prepare to celebrate the life of their mother, Mary Hoffman, who will be buried December 29.
Requested by Toni Allen
December 28, 2016

Oblate Reading Suggestions

Wisdom Distilled from the Daily
Joan Chittister, OSB

Monk in the Inner City
Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB

Perspectives on the Rule of Saint Benedict: Expanding Our Hearts
Aquinata Bochmann, OSB

Engaging Benedict
Laura Swan, OSB

Monasteries of the Heart
Joan Chittister, OSB

A Share in the Kingdom: A Commentary on the Rule of Benedict for Oblates
Benet Tvedten, OSB

A Guide to Living the Truth: Saint Benedict’s Teaching on Humility
Michael Casey, OCSO

The Cloister Walk
Kathleen Norris

St. Benedict’s Toolbox: The Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living
Jane Tomaine

The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century
Joan Chittister, OSB

The Song of the Seed: A Monastic Way of Tending the Soul
Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB

Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict
Esther DeWaal

Cherish Christ Above All
Demetrius Dumm, OSB

12 Steps to Inner Freedom: Humility Revisited
Joan Chittister, OSB

Rule of Benedict, 1980
Timothy Frye, OSB, Editor

Day By Day with Saint Benedict
Terrence G. Kardong, OSB

The Nonviolent Moment: Spirituality for the 21st Century
Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB

Desiring Life: Benedict on Wisdom and the Good Life
Norvene Vest