What is an oblate?

Benedictine Oblates are ordinary people: men and women, married and single, lay and ordained; Catholic and non-Catholic Christians; retired, working in the home, and working in the community. Members of the Oblate community are from Schuyler, Omaha, Lincoln, and South Dakota — even as far away as New York and Louisiana. What they have in common is a deep desire to live as members of the Body of Christ in a special way — according to the principles Saint Benedict set out in his Rule.

To be an oblate is to live with one foot in the world and one foot in the monastery.
— Ursula Dippel, obl OSB

Why become an Oblate?

  • Oblates seek God by striving to become holy in their chosen way of life
  • Oblates are Christian individuals associated with a monastic community
  • Oblates offer their lives to God through prayer and service
  • Oblates are faithful in their participation in the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church, or to the prayers and practices of their particular denominations. 

What does a Benedictine Oblate do?

Benedictine Oblates live their lives according to the principles Jesus laid out in the Gospels which St. Benedict exemplified in his Rule.

They are obliged to:

  • Pray daily
  • Reflect on Scripture
  • Work with dignity
  • Engage in re-creative recreation
  • Attend monthly meetings as much as possible.
  • Pray for the monks of Christ the King Priory
  • Pray for the needs of other oblates, and for vocations to our monastery.
  • Pray for other intentions that might be presented to them.

Oblates practice:



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