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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          Spring Oblate Meetings

    • Sunday, March 17,  2019 
    • Easter Sunday (NO OBLATE MEETING) 
    • Sunday, May 19, 2019
Oblates, you are welcome
  • To attend "The Rose Ensemble" on Monday, April 8 held at 7:00 p.m. at  the Cathedral in Crookston.  This is FREE and open to the public.
  • To attend the 4:30 p.m. Mass in the Mount chapel on Saturday, May 4.  Coffee and donuts served after Mass.  Crookston Mayor scheduled to issue a Centennial Proclamation.
  • To attend the 2:00 p.m. Mass at the Crookston Cathedral on Sunday, Sept. 15.  Catholic Daughters and Knights of Columbus will prepare and serve the Reception after Mass.
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!