Becoming an Oblate of the Sisters of St. Benedict
Benedictine Oblates are women and men who:
- Associate themselves formally with a particular Benedictine community for mutual sharing of prayer and work
- Live the monastic values of prayer, Lectio Divina, work, hospitality, peace, stewardship and simplicity, insofar as their particular circumstances allow
- Strive to enrich their spirituality by applying the ancient wisdom of St. Benedict to their daily lives
Why become a Benedictine Oblate?
To deepen your relationship with God, self, others and creation; to receive strength and inspiration from the Benedictine way of life; to carry monastic values into the world through works of charity, justice and peace-making; to enjoy a reciprocal relationship of support with a monastic community.
Oblates of the Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Mary Monastery meet monthly, to explore questions of spirituality, study Scripture, discuss books and learn more about the Rule of St. Benedict. Many of our Oblates also volunteer at the monastery, pray the Liturgy of the Hours and join in celebration of the Eucharist with us. We cherish this extension of our monastic community.
Should you wish to explore the idea of becoming a Benedictine Oblate, contact us. An oblate director will help you discern your readiness to begin and continue along the path to formal association with our monastic community.
The three stages of becoming an Oblate are Inquiry, Candidacy and Final Oblation.
After initial contact, you are invited to attend scheduled Oblate meetings. During this state, you have the opportunity to study the Rule of St. Benedict and discover its application to your daily life.
Following the introductory period, you become a Candidate in the Oblate community. As a Candidate, you continue to deepen your awareness of Benedictine spirituality through reading, participation at meetings, prayer and retreats.
Together with the director, you discern your readiness to make the final commitment to be a faithful witness of Christ with the support of the Benedictine community. A special ceremony will celebrate your commitment.
We Invite You …
We welcome you to share what we have and who we are. Join our liturgy, our table, our leisure and our monastic peace. Seek God with us. Become an Oblate of the Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island.