2017 Oblate Commitment Ceremony

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie welcomed nine new initiates into the Oblate Way of Life during Vigil Prayer on Saturday evening, October 28, in the chapel at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. The initiates expressed the desire to deepen their faith by studying the Rule of Benedict and living the Gospel values of peace and justice more intensely.

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, presented each with a copy of the Rule: “Receive this Rule of Benedict. May it be light for your nights and hope for your days and may light and hope continue to enliven your hearts with passion for the transformation of the world.”

To the 2016 initiates completing the initiate year Sister Anne presented a symbol of their commitment as an Oblate of Mount St. Benedict. Each of last year’s initiates received a Benedictine pin.

The ceremony continued with the new Oblates and the renewing Oblates together proclaiming their Oblate Commitment. The sisters then offered a blessing and welcomed them into a relationship of mutual support:

May God give you the courage to live the Gospel authentically.
May the Rule of Benedict be a guiding light on your journey with God.
May your lives continue to be transformed by God’s ever-abiding love.
May you be filled with love for the poor of the world.
May you embrace all creation and work for the healing transformation of the universe.

“We are blessed to have women and men who are interested in committing to a relationship with God, with our community, with all humanity, and with all creation,” said Sister Dianne Sabol, co-director of the Oblates. Co-Director, Sister Ann Hoffman, added: “Together with us, our Oblates stand with the poor, and work to embrace justice, act with integrity and love inclusively.”

Read Sister Anne’s reflections.

Learn more about the Oblate Way of Life.

Click on arrow to view a photo collage of the oblate ceremony. Clicking on individual photos will enlarge them for better viewing.

Names of New Oblates: Andreina Alvarado (Erie), Bonnie Johnson (Cherryfield, ME—unable to be present), Christina Nord (Glenside, PA), Ginny Slichter ( Pottstown, PA) and Karin Wishner (Rocky River, OH).

Names of New Initiates: Margaret Bercovitz (Cheshire, CT), Diane Cunningham (Kentwood, MI), Rosemary Gantz (San Antonio, TX), Virginia Heimer (Walnutport, PA-unable to be present), Dave Jesenovec (Willowick, OH), Rose Anne Jesenovec (Willowick, OH), Kathleen Pforr (Mentor, OH), Jane Potocki (McKean) and David Rettman (Erie, PA).