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

Marking the end of an era

After much prayer and discernment, it became clear in 2014 that St. Joseph Monastery, St. Marys, PA, the first Benedictine women’s foundation in...

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Rock Out Erie: Kids Cafe

“When we walked back from Perry Square yesterday, we picked up random stones and rocks along the way,” said Ebony King, staff member at the Kids...

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Our Employees are the Best

It was a perfect summer day for the Employee Picnic. Employees and their families joined the sisters for the annual appreciation event. Food,...

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Good News! $10 000 ASHRAE LEVEL II Energy Audit Grant

The Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund awarded the Benedictine Sisters of Erie a $10,000 ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-...

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Sisters minister to rural poor and incarcerated

Sister Marian Wehler, OSB and Sister Tina Geiger, RSM, have been working in Catholic Rural Ministry (CRM) in the Oil City Deanery in the Erie...

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Driveway completed; Medal Embedded

A circular drive was added to connect the Emmaus Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry driveways and parking lots.

Before the concrete dried,...

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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

Rapid recovery from surgery. Christine had spinal fusion surgery today. The surgery went well but she will need all the prayers she can get during what will be a long recovery.
Requested by Donna Lee
July 14, 2017
Please send prayers for peace for a former teacher and long time friend, who has been hospitalized for a week and is struggling to breathe. Attached is a picture of our most recent class reunion...
Requested by Zeke Meyer
July 10, 2017
Dorothy Ockuly is 93 and fell yesterday and broke her pubic bone. She is in lots of pain and also suffers from heart disease and dimentia. She is the dear sweet mother of two oblates, LouAnne Dillard...
Requested by Jean Ockuly
June 4, 2017
I am 60 years young and entering the last 3rd of my life. I ask that I would finish well. My work includes: Spiritual Direction, Counseling (Chemical Dependency Counseling), Chaplaincy, Art, Poetry,...
Requested by Jenny Leiter
May 29, 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