A Riepper named Priscilla

After spending a month as an observer Priscilla Richter, a former minister and resident of North Carolina, was initiated into the Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience program on December 20 with a simple ceremony. During the ritual Priscilla expressed her desire to journey with and live monastic life with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for the next 11 months. With the assurance of the community’s support she pronounced and signed a statement of promise in the presence of Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, and the community. After being presented with the Rule of Benedict Priscilla was welcomed into the monastic experience program with a special blessing from the community and became, what the community has affectionately dubbed, a “Riepper.”

Priscilla’s program will be directed by Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Monastic Formation Director; her mentor will be Sister Ann Muczynski. During her time here she will be working in various ministries including the Emmaus Food Pantry, Benedictines for Peace and Health Services in the monastery.

“This is a special time for Priscilla and for the community,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “It is a blessing for us to welcome women who wish to live with us for a period of time in order to immerse themselves in a daily rhythm of prayer, ministry, community life, hospitality, peace and nonviolence.”

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