What is an Oblate?

Oblates are women or men who associate themselves with Saint Benedict's Monastery.  They desire to deepen their relationship with God in the places where they live day-to-day.  Oblates are people seeking to serve God in their chosen way of life.  Christians of all faith denominations may become Oblates and may be married or single. 

One of the gifts of being an Oblate is the opportunity to extend a widespread Benedictine presence from Saint Benedict's Monastery to parishes, churches and civic organizations.  As a Oblate, a person can through their manner of life and daily prayer, bear witness to the teachings of Jesus as seen through the lens of Saint Benedict.  Ongoing formation is also important and Oblates stay in touch through small group meetings, the Oblate News, Oblate Sundays and Oblate Renewal Days.  

Benedictine Spirituality

There are several practices that shape benedictine spirituality.  Some of the important ones are listed below:

  • Awareness of God
  • Hospitality
  • Lectio Divina
  • Community
  • Service to Others
  • Liturgical Prayer
  • Stability of Heart
  • Being in Right Relationship
  • Stewardship of Resouces
  • Reverence for Creation
  • Commitment for Growth
  • Silence
  • Mindfulness
  • Moderation in All Things
  • Humility
  • Listening