What is an oblate?
Benedictine Oblates are ordinary people: men and women, married and single, lay and
ordained; Catholic and non-Catholic Christians; retired, working in the home and the community. Members of the Oblate community are from Schuyler, Omaha, Lincoln, Missouri, South Dakota — even as far away as New York and Louisiana. What they have in common is a deep desire to live as members of the Body of Christ in a special way — according to the principles of the Rule of Saint Benedict.
Oblates desire to live as a monk in the world, seeking God by striving to become holy in their everyday life, in their family and their workplace. Oblates are associated with a monastic community, offering their lives to God through prayer and service. Faithfully participating in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church, Oblates promise to practice a prayerful life in their particular denomination.
“The Oblates are Christians who desire, for a more secure realization of their personal perfection, to draw near the monks, participate in their life and be pervaded with their spirit.” -Dom Paul Chauvin
Where can you get involved?
Most Benedictine monasteries have an Oblate program, some even offer long distance participation. I made my act of Final Oblation at Christ the King Priory, promising “before God and all the saints in my state in life permits, stability of heart, fidelity to the spirit of the monastic life and obedience to the will of God.” Christ the King Priory is the monastery affiliated with St. Benedict Center, an oasis of peace, where our meetings are held and those who choose can stay overnight, plan a personal retreat or attend a sponsored program or retreat.
“To be an oblate is to live with one foot in the world and one foot in the monastery.” ~Ursula Dipple, obl OSB
When do Oblates Meet?
Join us every second Saturday of the month from 9:45 am -3:30 pm. After monastery announcements, we have lectio divina, Mass, middday prayers, lunch and book/text discussion (with time to visit the bookstore as well). For more information email FrVolker@BenedictineMissionHouse.com For more info see the Mission Monks website.