Benedictine OblatesWho 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. Interested?
The Benedictine Oblates meet the second Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room next to the Parish Office.
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This listing is current as of April 30, 2013
St. Ann of the Dunes, Beverly Shores
St. Matthias, Crown Point
St. Maria Goretti, Dyer
Gary Cluster of Parishes
St. Mary, Griffith
St. Catherine of Siena, Hammond
St. Margaret Mary, Hammond
St. James the Less, Highland
St. Bridget, Hobart
St. Thomas Aquinas, Knox
St. Edward, Lowell
Our Lady of Consolation, Merrillville
Notre Dame, Michigan City
Queen of All Saints, Michigan City
St. Stanislaus, Michigan City
Ss. Cyril & Methodius, North Judson
Nativity of Our Savior, Portage
St. John the Evangelist, St. John
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Holy Spirit, Winfield Township
Knights of ColumbusMsgr. Weis Council 10596
Columbian Circle Squires Circle 4101
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Boy Scout Troop 542