Sister Dorothy Stoner

Sister Dorothy Stoner entered the Erie Benedictines from St. Joseph Parish, Sharon, PA, in 1966. The call to be different from the world around her was what attracted her to the monastic life—a call to which she was able to respond because of the loving, supportive family life created by her parents. To this day she is challenged by the line in the Rule of Benedict that reads: “Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.” A communal way of life, grounded in scripture and given expression in prayer, continues to give meaning to her monastic life. Sister Dorothy has ministered in education and pastoral work. Currently, she shares her monastic life of prayer and community at St. Benedict Education Center, a ministry owned and administered by the Benedictine Sisters of Erie that provides education and job placement services to those on public assistance and assists refugees in their enculturation and resettlement process in order to improve the lives of families. Sister Dorothy prioritizes being a monastic presence to all whom she meets.