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

A story can make a difference

About 50 people came together for the Benedictines for Peace (BFP) Speaker Series held at Mount St. Benedict on May 22. “I have found that telling...

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Villa Outreach Day

A group of 12 students from Villa Maria Academy made 20 lasagnas for Emmaus Ministries on their annual Outreach Day. About 1,000 Prep and Villa...

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Sister Marilyn Schauble Sings with the North East Choral Club

"Sing Together" was the theme of the annual spring concert presented by the North East Choral Club (NECC) at Park United Methodist Church on...

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Bringing Beauty to the Area

Emmaus Soup Kitchen’s backyard neighbor, the Neighborhood Art House, now...

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Women in Transition Continued

“When it became necessary for Sister Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski, long-time organizer and leader of spiritual programs, to curtail some of her...

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A Mother’s Day Event: Defend Mother Earth!

Sisters Pat Lupo, Lucia and Claire Surmik, Oblate Janice Etchison, Sarah Everett, Elliot Dale and Sam Miller took part in "The Barrel Battle at...

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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

Please pray for my son Andrew David Immanuel Aceves. He has many health issues. Now he won't take his medicine for asthma, pneumonia and a staph infection. He won't practice his singing for...
Requested by Melissa Gail Adams
May 13, 2017
For Allison Marquis, the 21 year old granddaughter of my friend June. She has been diagnosed with a bacterial blood infection that has affected her heart and brain.
Requested by Cheryl Bough
May 9, 2017
job interview this coming week.
Requested by Kathy Sohn
May 6, 2017
For my brother in law Tim. He is scheduled for repair of aortic aneurysm April 17th at Shadtshide in Pittsburgh. Your prayers are appreciated.
Requested by Patricia Rettger
April 15, 2017
Angie, who is going through therapy for anxiety depression.
Requested by Bob Zinsky
April 11, 2017

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