"oblation" is an offering or gift to God. Oblates
are men and women who offer their lives to God.
Benedictine oblates maintain a stable and life-long
spiritual union with one monastery. Oblates
live outside a monastery, wear regular clothes, and
often have a spouse and job.
draw on deep spirituality by praying the
and following the 1,500 year old
St. Benedict as their
divina (divine reading),
and silent contemplative
prayer, and oblates strive for the
as their state in life allows.
Benedictine oblates prefer nothing to the love of Christ
a spirit of gentle community among themselves in
their Oblate program at the monastery. Many
monasteries have such Oblate programs.