Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

The community magazine comes out in December so we call it the "Christmas Mount." It is really about more than Christmas but in it we extend Christmas greetings just the same. This year a prevalent theme throughout the magazine had to do with the Magi, also called the three kings or the wise ones. I carry that theme through in this Christmas greeting to you.

What we know about the magi is that they were seekers, givers and pilgrims on the way. They sought God and found the one who came as savior of the world. They offered their gifts and then they returned home. But they were different. Their experience of God had changed them.

Our prayer and hope for you, our family, friends, and benefactors, is this:

May the mystery of Christmas allow you to see God in the peace, joy and beauty of the season. May the experience of Christmas change you so that when everything returns to normal after the holiday hustle and bustle, you may be a reflection of the goodness of God as a result of special times marked by gift-giving and the enjoyment of family and friends. May the celebration of Christmas empower you "to shape our humanity in the image of God, to do good, stand up for what is true, create what is beautiful, and live for what unites and does not divide" (Thomas Bezanson).

Wishing you and your loved ones grace-filled blessings throughout this holy season and in the New Year.

Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress,
and the Benedictine Sisters of Erie

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.