From the Prioress

Thanksgiving 2018
November 20, 2018

While it may be true that gratitude is not limited to Thanksgiving, it is Thanksgiving that provides us with a special opportunity to pause and reflect, to come together and to celebrate our blessings. To have the good fortune to sit down and give thanks with and for those whom we love, to remember those who have shaped our past and those who guide us into the future, is a large part of the celebration of Thanksgiving. It is also an entryway into gratitude as a way of living.

David Steindl-Rast, OSB says: “What really counts is that we remember that everything . . . is gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is the measure of our gratefulness. And gratefulness is the measure of our aliveness . . . .” Remembering that everything is gift and realizing that gratitude is the heart of aliveness, can strengthen us in our resolve to express thanks and to “never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” (John F. Kennedy)

The time to be fully alive—to live mindfully and gratefully—is now. On a daily basis we see human dignity, the environment and the world in which we live endangered by lack of justice, irresponsibility, failure to forgive, a shortage of compassion, and insufficient kindness. May our mindfulness and our gratitude for what we have make us steadfast in our desire to manifest the primacy of love in our world so that we can effect the positive change that will bring about peace and prosperity for all.

Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with love, joy and blessings that inspire your awareness to be grateful, mindful, and fully alive.

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, Prioress

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, the twenty-first prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania is a native of Philadelphia. She moved to Mount St. Benedict Monastery in 1992 to respond to a desire to experience the monastic way of life. Previously a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Chestnut Hill, Sister Anne began the formal transfer process to the Erie Benedictines in 1993 and made her monastic profession in 1997.

Sister Anne has served the people of the Diocese of Erie as a teacher at St. Gregory's School in North East, Pa., from 1992-1995, and at the Neighborhood Art House in Erie, beginning as program director in 1995 and as executive director since 2005. She served on the Monastic Council from 2006-2010.