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?

What are Some Oblate Spiritual Growth Opportunities?
Oblates have an opportunity to develop a love and reverence for the Liturgy of the Hours and Lectio Divina, which is a prayerful reflection on the Word of God.  Whenever possible, the Oblates are invited to pray with the monastic community and participate in the Eucharist.  In addition, Oblates meet on the third Sunday of scheduled months, receive a Newsletter and use suggested resources made available through the Oblate Office, inspirational resources made available via text, emails, website, ‘snail mail’, and YouTube per ‘zoom’.

Oblates,

In light of COVID precautions, we will not have in-person gatherings until further notice.  You will be notified when we are planning ‘Zoom’ sessions.  In the meantime, rest assured that you will be in our community prayers and we ask that you remember the Sisters in prayer as well. May God keep us all healthy, happy, and holy these days!