Seeking God Through the Oblate Way of Life

Oblates of Saint Benedict are Christian individuals who associate with a Benedictine community in order to enrich their Christian way of life. Their lives are shaped by living the wisdom of Christ as interpreted by Saint Benedict. Oblates seek God in their chosen way of life. They offer themselves (the word 'Oblate' means offering,) to God in the service of others. Through their prayer, service and community, they witness to Christ's presence in today's world.

Benedictine Oblates seek God in association with a monastic community. As individuals and as members of a community, they grow in love of God and neighbor. With the Rule of St. Benedict as their guide, Oblates, to the extent they are able, engage in practices which are part of the very fabric of Christian Spirituality. Some of these include spending time daily to reflect and pray with the Sacred Scriptures; as well as offering hospitality where they live and work.  Acquaintance with these and other Christian values presented in the Rule of St. Benedict  enable Oblates to experience the peace and joy which Christ promised to all who follow Him.

Oblates regularly receive the Oblate News to support them in their spiritual life. There are also several opportunities to share and form community. They include Oblate Sundays, Oblate Renewal Day and small group gatherings.

For more information on becoming an Oblate, contact

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S. Laureen Virnig, OSB
Oblate Director, Saint Benedict’s Monastery
104 Chapel Lane
St. Joseph, MN 56374-0220
320-363-7144
oblatessbm@csbsju.edu

 

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Roberta Werner, OSB
Assistant to the Oblate Director
Saint Benedict’s Monastery
104 Chapel Lane
St. Joseph, MN 56374-0220
320-363-7144
oblatessbm@csbsju.edu