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.
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.