Oblate Program 2017 – 2018
You are invited to a new year of Oblate study. Blessings to you all as we move toward the end of summer. Come together to “listen with the ear of the heart” to God’s voice within and in the voices of each other. You can be a part of a special group, a Community and learn to live and share Benedictine values that will enrich your Christian life.
This Oblate year (September 2017 – May 2018) we have decided unanimously to use Sister Joan Chittister’s latest book, Radical Spirit. It focuses on the 12 steps of Humility. Together over this two year period, we will discover and live the wisdom of the Rule. Humility seems to be a revelation and most needed virtue today. We will all be enriched by the shared study and it will enable us to witness and grow in practical ways toward inner freedom.
You can get this book at Smile.Amazon.com (then you’ll also be contributing a small percentage of your purchase to the Benedictine Sisters of FL).
Below are the meeting dates, book section names and areas to be highlighted:
Meeting dates: Book sections: Area to highlight:
Sept. 24 Intro and Step 1 Recognize that God is God
Nov. 26 Step 2 Know that God’s will is best for you
Jan. 28 Step 3 Be open to direction
Mar. 25 (Palm Sun.) Step 4 Endure and don’t grow weary
May 27 Step 5 Acknowledge faults
We may have a Oblate Retreat and/or Summer Day
Please RSVP by the Wednesday before the scheduled meeting.
The day’s schedule:
10:30 a.m. Morning Praise and Mass in Monastery Chapel
Noon Dinner in Monastic Dining Room
1:00 p.m. Meeting
3:00 p.m. Departure
Our Oblates are a growing group and new folks are welcome!
Know our Oblates are remembered daily in our prayers. Pray for us, too.
General Information about the Oblate Program at Holy Name Monastery
Sharing Saint Benedict’s legacy is the cornerstone of the programs and ministries of the Benedictine Sisters. We rejoice in this commitment to become closer to God. Christian women and men in all walks of life who wish to seek God under the guidance of the Rule of St. Benedict and in union with a Benedictine community become Oblates.
Today there are thousands of Benedictine Oblates throughout the world. They are called Oblates because they make an offering or “oblation” of themselves to God and promise to follow the Gospel guided by the wisdom and spirit of Saint Benedict. The Oblate program of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida began in 1980. Today we are delighted to have forty Oblates who have made Oblation and eight candidates. Typically we have three to ten other friends join as guests in the open meetings. Oblates associate themselves with us to share in the rich Benedictine spirituality, the prayer and good works of the community, and to spread the Benedictine spirit to all those they contact. For many it is like finding the Domus Dei, the House of God, the place and the community they have sought where God can be found, where there is peace, acceptance, and support for living the Christian life. The entire process supports the Oblates as they live the principles of the Rule and Benedict’s precept “to seek God and to prefer nothing to the love of Christ.”
The relationship and interaction promoted by the Oblate program stimulates growth for the Oblates, the Sisters, and the Church. “ We count on the love, support and example of one another to live faithfully. The Oblates are a true blessing to us and to one another,” says S. Mary David, the program director. The Oblates meet five times a year, the 4th Sundays of September, November, January, March and May. Christian women and men over the age of 18 are welcome to attend any Oblate meeting. If you would like to attend please RSVP, through phone or email, by the Wednesday before the scheduled meeting.