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

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Valentine's Day

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Photo Recap of a Memorable Occasion: 2019 Prophet of Peace Award

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Mark your calendar now for an evening of sharing celebrating poet Mary Oliver

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Edwina Gateley: 2019 Prophet of Peace

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2017 Oblate Initiates

2017 Oblate Initiates

Photo: Standing (L-R): Sister Dianne Sabol (Oblate Co-director), Dave Jesenovec (Willowick, OH), Rose Anne Jesenovec (Willowick, OH), Jane Potocki (McKean, PA), Kathy Pforr (Mentor, OH), Rosemary Gantz (San Antonio, TX), Sister Ann Hoffman (Oblate Co-director)
Seated (L-R): Diane Cunningham (Kentwood, MI), Margaret Bercovitz (Cheshire, CT), Dave Rettman (Erie, PA)

Unable to be present: Virginia Heimer (Walnutport, 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

as he begins chemotherapy.
Requested by Toni Allen
February 19, 2019
as she hopes to enter a clinical trial.
Requested by Toni Allen
February 18, 2019
Please ask God to keep me safe from my coworkers and that no one believes their false claims about my work. After work, I take care of my little cousins and aging family members. Thank you for your...
Requested by Diane Hernandez
February 18, 2019
John is our grandson. He injured himself at work, lost his job, and has been unable to get enough compensation for new job training and to pay his bills. He is on the verge of losing his house and...
Requested by Sheila Warner, oblate
February 11, 2019
Prayer is needed for a 29 year old woman. Her name is Amanda. Last Wednesday she went in for a C-section and had an amniotic embolism. The prognosis is very poor. She suffered a cardiac arrest and...
Requested by Emma Krueger
February 11, 2019

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