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.

For more information about the Oblate Way of Life contact:

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 Sister Dianne

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

The Season of Lent looms large

Lent begins. The annual 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The journey to Easter and the expectation of resurrection.

“If...

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Lenten Vigils for Immigration Justice

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Sister Phyllis Schleicher to receive "Women Making History" Award

Sister Phyllis Schleicher has been named by the Mercy Center for Women as one of this year’s...

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Side by Side

Thank you to the Collegiate Academy Singing Group who serenaded the community with a lovely musical Valentine made possible through the kindness...

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Villa and Prep Committment to Emmaus Soup Kitchen

Valentine’s week is the perfect time to share love – and the National Honor Society students at Villa Maria and Cathedral Prep did just that with...

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Valentine's Day

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2018 Oblate Initiates

Standing (L-R): Sr. Anne Wambach (Prioress), Beth Jordan (Santa Rosa, CA), Suzanne Hudson (Erie, PA), Joan Martter (Erie, PA), Breanna Mekuly (Erie, PA), Sr. Ann Hoffman (Oblate Co-Director) Seated (L-R): Sr. Dianne Sabol (Oblate Co-Director), Judith Davis (Brevard, NC), Cathy Courtice (Delaware, OH), Sandy Selby (Akron, OH)

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

I respectfully request your community pray for God’s perfect will in connection with Love Will End Abortion’s (LWEA) forthcoming Stand Out For Life event on February 22, 2020: (https://www.facebook....
Requested by JOHN GERARD WHITE
February 19, 2020
That she may find the strength to meet the needs of a very stressful work situation.
Requested by Elaine Shearer
February 11, 2020
as he continues immunotherapy.
Requested by Toni Allen
January 22, 2020
as he undergoes extensive surgery.
Requested by Toni Allen
January 9, 2020

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