Oblates

 Who Are Benedictine Oblates?

Benedictine Oblates are active Christian men and women who, in seeking God, make a commitment to a particular Benedictine monastery. Living their present vocation in life, they seek to incorporate Benedictine Gospel values into their daily living. In doing so, they hope to become a Benedictine presence in their families, church communities and work place.

Why Become an Oblate?           

Associating with a particular monastery, Benedictine Oblates have the support, prayers and guidance of the Benedictine Community to deepen their prayer life, have access to spiritual reading and meet others on a similar spiritual journey.The Inquiree first requests a visit with the Oblate Director of the Community.  If all appears favorable, the Inquiree  agrees to spend some time participating in sessions to learn about Saint Benedict, the man, as well as the Rule of Saint Benedict, Benedictine values and the ministry of the Benedictine Community.  Depending on how familiar the Inquiree already is with Benedictine life, s/he will then be enrolled as a Benedictine Oblate Novice. During this time the Inquiree agrees to spend some time participating in sessions to learn about the Rule of Saint Benedict, Benedictine values and how the Oblate plans to live out those values in his/her everyday life.  During this year or so, the Oblate Novice will also pray the Liturgy of the Hours in his/her home setting, participate in Oblate gatherings whenever possible and offer service within the Benedictine Community and/or broader Church community.

 How do you become an Oblate?  

The Inquiree first requests a visit with the Oblate Director of the Community.  If all appears favorable, the Inquiree  agrees to spend some time participating in sessions to learn about Saint Benedict, the man, as well as the Rule of Saint Benedict, Benedictine values and the ministry of the Benedictine Community.  Depending on how familiar the Inquiree already is with Benedictine life, s/he will then be enrolled as a Benedictine Oblate Novice. During this time the Inquiree agrees to spend some time participating in sessions to learn about the Rule of Saint Benedict, Benedictine values and how the Oblate plans to live out those values in his/her everyday life.  During this year or so, the Oblate Novice will also pray the Liturgy of the Hours in his/her home setting, participate in Oblate gatherings whenever possible and offer service within the Benedictine Community and/or broader Church community.

What is a Final Oblation?                                                   

 After a period of discernment with the Oblate Director,  the Oblate Novice may ask to be received as an Oblate of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery.  At this time the Novice will make his/her Final Oblation in the presence of the Benedictine Community at the annual Oblate Retreat or at another specified time.

 What Are Some Oblate Spiritual Growth Opportunities?

 At Mount Saint Benedict, Oblates have an opportunity to develop a love and reverence for Lectio Divina, which is a prayerful reflection on the Word of God. Whenever possible, the Oblates are also invited to pray with the Sisters at Liturgy of the Hours and/or Eucharist.  In addition, the Oblates have the opportunity to attend the scheduled Oblate gatherings, receive the Oblate Newsletter, make an annual retreat and renew their Oblation at the end of the retreat, receive updates via e-mails or the website and utilize materials in the monastic library.

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 Oblates, you are welcome

…to attend the 2:00 p.m. Mass at the Crookston Cathedral on Sunday, Sept. 15.  If you wish, the Mass will fulfill your Sunday obligation. The  Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters will set up and serve the reception at the Cathedral after Mass.  There will also be a drawing that same afternoon for a wooden chest rosemalled by Sister Norma Jean Edie, OSB.

 

AS SISTERS OF ST. BENEDICT AND BENEDICTINE OBLATES, WE THANK GOD FOR THE MANY BLESSINGS THAT HAVE BEEN OURS OVER THESE PAST ONE HUNDRED YEARS!

 

NEXT OBLATE GATHERING AT MOUNT ST. BENEDICT

– Sunday, October 20, 2019 – 1:30 p.m.

Agenda

  • Video:   testimonies by Oblates from our region
  • At our Community Evening Prayer Dan and Beckie Conway will make their Final Oblation.

HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE ON OCTOBER 20th!