Annual Oblate Commitment Ceremony

The annual Oblate Commitment Ceremony was celebrated at Mount St. Benedict Monastery on Saturday, October 26. More than 100 of the 250+ oblates were present for the commitment ceremony that took place at Evening Prayer.

During the ceremony six people became initiates (the initial commitment that leads to becoming an oblate). They received a copy of the Rule of Benedict. This year’s new oblates (2018 Initiates) received a Benedictine pin as a sign of their commitment to the Oblate Way of Life. Together with the renewing oblates they proclaimed their commitment statement expressing a desire to seek God and respond in prayer and ministry, and to support the community’s Corporate Commitment: As Benedictine Sisters of Erie we commit ourselves to be a healing presence and prophetic witness for peace by working for sustainability and justice, especially for women and children.

“It is always so moving to witness the sincerity and intention with which our oblates make their commitment,” said Sister Dianne Sabol, Oblate Director. “I am humbled and honored to have the role of directing this program. The Oblate Way of Life is a blessing for the women and men that choose to be in this relationship with the Erie Benedictines and it is equally a blessing for the community.”

Click here to read reflections offered by Sister Anne Wambach, prioress.

Initiates
Patrick Bradley (Lewiston, New York)
Ann Vogan (Venus, Pennsylvania)

Unable to be present:
Teri Bays (Sedona, Arizona)
Christine Guarnieri (Grove City, Pennsylvania)
Christine Lutz (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Sarah Rieth (Southern Pines, North Carolina)

New Oblates
Cathy Courtice (Delaware, Ohio)
Judith Davis (Brevard, North Carolina)
Suzanne Hudson (Harborcreek, Pennsylvania)
Joan Martter (Erie, Pennsylvania)
Breanna Mekuly (Erie, Pennsylvania)
Priscilla Richter (Erie, Pennsylvania)
Sandy Selby (Akron, Ohio)

Unable to be present:
Beth Jordan (Santa Rosa, California)