Annual Benefactor Appreciation

“It is one of my privileges each year to express the enormous gratitude that the sisters and I have both for you and for your generosity,” said prioress, Sister Anne Wambach, as she welcomed the community’s major benefactors to the annual appreciation event. “This evening is an important opportunity for all of us to take a moment from our busy schedules to celebrate what is most important in our lives . . . a community of friendship and mutual support.”

A special Evening Prayer, followed by a festive dinner, was the setting to express thanks to the group of benefactors who provide major support to the mission and vision of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. At the conclusion of Evening Prayer the Sisters’ Schola offered a special blessing to the guests by singing Irish Blessing composed by the late Sister Mary David Callahan, OSB. The sentiments were simple and sincere: “May God hold you, may your life be ever held in God’s hand.”

The benefactors support the ministries of the Benedictine Sisters and in so doing they invest in the future of the people served. “Together, every day — you our supporters, our sisters, staff, oblates, and volunteers — work tirelessly to build a world where all people, regardless of race, creed or circumstance can achieve their full potential," said Sister Anne in her remarks at dinner. "May all of us continue to be an empathetic, passionate people, longing to be the face of justice for each other."

Click on the arrow to a view a slide show that captures highlights of the event.