The Community welcomes two Postulants

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie welcomed two women into the postulate. Jennifer Koo, an accountant and business owner from Singapore and Jen Frazer, an artist and art teacher from the Boston, MA area became postulants in a ritual ceremony celebrated on Sunday, January 13. Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director, who journeyed with both women through their discernment, said: “It has been an honor to work with these women and today is a special day for them and for us.”

Sister Marilyn met Jennifer and Jen at the door and led them into the monastery where the community was gathered to welcome them. When asked by Prioress Sister Anne Wambach what it was that they were seeking, each replied: “I seek to live the monastic way of life within this community as I continue my spiritual journey.” Sister Anne then presented the new postulants with a Benedictine Cross to be a sign of their willingness to follow Christ in the monastic community of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie.

Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Director of Monastic Formation, now journeys with Jennifer and Jen as Postulant Director. She and the community offer support to the new postulants by their example of faithfulness as Jennifer and Jen continue to deepen their understanding of and commitment to the monastic way of life.

At the conclusion of the ritual, Sister Anne captured the moment very simply: “We welcome you to this community. We thank you for responding to God’s call. May you serve God with the gifts you have been given so that in all things God may be glorified.”
The community then processed to the dining room to continue the celebration with a shared meal.

Click on the arrow to enjoy a slide show capturing the event.

The postulancy is a time to become more familiar with Benedictine spirituality as it is lived daily. It is also a time to discern the authenticity of the call to be a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. For information about becoming a Benedictine Sister of Erie click here or contact Sister Marilyn Schauble.