Celebrating 70 and 60 years of Monastic Profession

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie opened their annual August community days with a special evening prayer and a renewal of vows by this year’s jubilarians. Sisters Mary Grace Hanes, Andrea Weidle and Mary Bernard Lander renewed their monastic vows in celebration of 70 years of profession and Sisters Laura Beichner and Carol Ann McLaughlin renewed their monastic vows in celebration of 60 years of profession. A festive dinner honoring the jubilarians followed.

During the dinner community members had the opportunity to share special stories, memories, experiences and expressions of gratitude to the jubilarians. “Every day is a celebration that builds on the one preceding it,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “This evening was truly memorable and is only a beginning of many more memory-making moments yet to come.”

Celebrating 70 and 60 years of monastic profession is a memory to keep alive. Click on the arrow to view a photo slideshow of the celebration. Faithfulness to the monastic way of life is something in which we rejoice as well as something that encourages us to continue to “run on the path of God’s commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love.” (Rule of Benedict: Prologue 49)