Postulant Jen becomes a Novice

The Benedictine Sisters received Postulant Jennifer Frazer into the novitiate, the second stage of monastic formation, at Evening Praise on May 2. (Click on the photo to view a video that recaps the ritual and celebration or click here.)

During the ceremony Jen expressed her desire to seek God through sharing monastic life with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. Sister Anne accepted Jen’s request with gratitude and then asked the community to voice their willingness to support Jen and Novice Director, Sister Stephanie Schmidt. Sisters Jen and Stephanie then received a special blessing from the community.

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, welcomed Jen to this next phase of monastic formation: “Jen, we welcome you to the novitiate. May you be open to the wisdom that you will find there and may you always make kindness one of your greatest gifts as you continue on your spiritual path.” Click here to read Sister Anne's reflections.

As a postulant Jen participated in community prayer and life as well as a program of study. She also ministered at St. Benedict Child Development Center and the Inner-City Neighborhood Art House. As a novice Jen will experience a year of intensive prayer and study, with classes on the Rule of Benedict, monastic history, psalms, liturgy and Scripture. She will minister within the monastery, which will give her the opportunity to come to know the sisters more deeply and learn from them.

“This is a special time for the community,” said Sister Anne Wambach.“When we have a novice in our midst we, too, are called to growth and change.”