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

Sister Stephanie high-fives with Oblate Sheila McLaughlin.
Celebrating a new prioress

Flexibility is a thread running through the Rule of Benedict. If one way doesn’t work, try another. And that is what a group of Erie Benedictine...

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Celebrating Jubilees and faithfulness to the Monastic Way of Life

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie celebrated the sisters who renewed their vows on the occasion of 60 years of monastic profession on Wednesday...

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Flowers in Bloom at Emmaus Soup Kitchen

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope,” said Lady Bird Johnson. Right now, there is great hope in bloom at Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry....

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World Day Against Human Trafficking

In 2013, the United Nations member states adopted a resolution which designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. They...

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Seeing the world in a single ray of light

Sister Ann Hoffman, Executive Director of Alliance for International Monasticism (AIM) USA...

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Highlights from the Ritual of Election of Prioress

On Sunday, July 12, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie elected Sister Stephanie Schmidt as their next prioress. Enjoy highlights from the ritual of...

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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

as he continues immunotherapy.
Requested by Toni Allen
September 18, 2020
For healing
Requested by Janet Houk
September 1, 2020
Prayers for a departed family member
Requested by Tony Thomas
August 22, 2020
Ginger, age 16, recently overdosed on her medications as a cry for help. She had a traumatic childhood, and her mother died of breast cancer last year. Pray for Paula and Steve who, at age 73, are...
Requested by Sandy Selby, Oblate
August 20, 2020
Prayers for a safe and successful surgery on Thursday, August 13, 2020 Thank You
Requested by MaryJo McEvoy
August 12, 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