St. Mary Monastery Sisters and Oblates in Chapel, Oblate Day 2019

Oblate Mission Statement

The Oblates of Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, IL, seek to live Benedictine spirituality through prayer, work, leisure, study and service. In association with the Benedictine Sisters, Oblates seek to deepen their relationship with God, self, others and creation; keep the wisdom of the Rule of St. Benedict in their daily lives; and seek to share this wisdom with others.

Benedictine Oblates practice centuries-old spirtuality

By God's grace I am what I am. Rule of Benedict

Beating in every human heart is a deep longing for God that draws us toward divine union. The whole of life is one brief journey toward God. Benedictine spirituality has been a practical path and next step on the journey for many people over the centuries. It is a God-centered narrowing of the way, leading to deeper intimacy with our creator.

Benedictine spirituality is a timeless path founded on the Gospel and monastic wisdom for following the way of Jesus in daily life. When Benedict of Nursia wrote his practical guidebook “known as a rule” for living the Gospel he wrote it in a time much like our own for people like us. For hundreds of years people have applied the principles of the Rule of Benedict for living the Gospel in their return to God.

Benedictine spirituality has two paths, one for professed monks and another for lay people known as Benedictine oblates.

Click Here to read Sister Susan Hutchens’ presentation for Oblate Day 2019

This presentation was originally published in Benedictines, Fall/Winter 2019, volume 72 number 2, pages 23-27.