Sister Anne Wambach receives the Serra Club Outstanding Sister of the Year Award

Sister Anne Wambach was named 2020 Outstanding Sister of the Year by the Erie Serra Club, an international Catholic lay organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life. According to Dennis Deiner, current Serra Club president, “Sister Anne was chosen for her witness and example as prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. Her work as prioress, her attention to the needs of Erie, her hospitable spirit, and musical contributions to worship celebrations at the monastery make her most deserving.”

The Serra Club of Erie, in existence since 1960, has been designating this award for the past 30 years. The festivities usually associated with this award were cancelled due to the imposed restrictions on public gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Mr. Deiner came to the monastery to personally deliver the award and extend the well wishes of the Serra Club of Erie.

In accepting the award Sister Anne said: “I am honored to be receiving the Serra Club’s Sister of the Year Award. It came as a surprise but some of the most blessed moments in our lives happen unexpectedly. Thank you for this recognition. When I think about this award and the coming end of my term as prioress of the Erie Benedictines, I realize that I am equally grateful to the community, my sisters who have called forth the best in me. They have helped me become the religious woman I am today and I share this honor with them.”

In lieu of the public festivities the Serra Club made a donation to the charity of Sister Anne’s choice. “Sister Anne chose the Inner-City neighborhood Art House, a ministry of the Erie Benedictines,” said Mr. Deiner. “Before becoming prioress, she ministered there both as Program and Executive Director.”