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

Donna Carr
Benedictine Oblate Celebrates Landmark Anniversary with L’Arche Erie

L’Arche Erie is celebrating its 40 year anniversary and long-time Benedictine...

Guests vist the gallery and speak with Sr. Kathleen.
Art Show Opens at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery

The Chapter 57 Gallery was lined with guests for the opening of the 2012 Spring Art Show celebrating Women’s History month. The show includes the...

Edwina Gateley Inspires Oblates at Lenten Reflection Experience

More than 70 Oblates and 30 sisters gathered at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery for the annual Oblate Lenten Reflection Experience....

Vena Eastwood, the gardener
Everything on Earth is Filled with Sacred Presence

Oblate, Vena Eastwood from Burnley, Lancashire (United Kingdom), delighted the sisters of the “This and That Club” with pictures and stories of...

Doris Cipolla (left) shown with Oblate Director, Sister Marilyn Schauble
Benedictine Oblate Admired for Peace and Justice Advocacy

Doris Cipolla, an oblate of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, was recognized in the February 2012 edition of the magazine:...

Advent Afternoon of Reflection for Oblates

Mount Saint Benedict Monastery was the setting for the Oblate Advent Afternoon of Reflection. More than 50 oblates were able to come together to...



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 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