Who Is An Oblate?
Oblates are men and women who:
- associate themselves formally with a particular Benedictine community for mutual sharing of prayer and work
- live the monastic values of prayer, lectio (praying with scripture), work, peace, hospitality, stewardship, and simplicity, attempting to reach a balance of these values in their particular circumstances
- promise to enrich their Christian life by applying the ancient wisdom of St. Benedict to their daily lives
Why Become an Oblate?
One becomes an Oblate to:
- deepen one's relationship with God, self, others and creation through formation in Benedictine spirituality
- receive strangth and inspiration from the Benedictine way of life
- carry monastic values into the world by applying the wisdom of the Rule of St. Benedict to works of charity, justice and peace-making
- enjoy a reciprocal relationship of support with the monastic community and other Oblates.
Stages to Become an Oblate
When a person decides to follow on the path to becoming an Oblate, he/she contacts the Oblate director or the local coordinator. The three stages of becoming an Oblate are Inquirer, Candidate and Oblate. Reaching each stage depends on each person's readiness and the discernment of the Coordinator.
- INQUIRER: After the initial contact, the Inquirer is invited to attend scheduledOblate meetings. During theis stage, the Inquirer has the opportunity to study the Rule of St. Benedict and to discover its application to his/her daily life.
- CANDIDATE: Following the introductory period, the Inquirer becomes a Candidate in the Oblate community. As a Candidate, he/she continues to deepen awareness of Benedictine Spirituality through reading, participation at meetings, prayer, and retreats.
- OBLATE:Together with the Coordinator, the Candidate discerns his/her readiness to make the final commitment to be a faithful witness of Christ with the support of the Benedictine community.
The Benedictine Oblates meet the second Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room next to the Parish Office.