Oblate Program 2019-2020
You are invited to our 2019-2020 year of Oblate study. We are all on a journey of faith and we need others to journey with us. Our Oblates are a community of persons who come together to learn Benedictine values and then live them in their families, parishes, neighborhoods and work places. You can be a part of this special group which will enrich your Christian life.
This new Oblate year (September 2019 – May 2020), we will begin the study of Sister Joan Chittister’s book, Spirituality of the 21st Century – the Rule of Benedict, (it was also published earlier under the title, Insights for the Ages.) It is text and commentary on all 73 chapters of the Rule of St. Benedict. We will be using it for two or more years.
You can get this book at Smile.Amazon.com (they donate a percentage of your purchase to the Benedictine Sisters of FL).
Below are the meeting dates, book section titles and areas to be highlighted:
Meeting dates: Book sections: Area to highlight:
Sept. 22 Intro and Prologue
Nov. 24 Rule 1 and 2 The Kinds of Monastics and Qualities of the Abbot and Prioress
Jan. 26 Rule 3 and 4 Summoning the Community for Counsel and The tools for Good Works
Mar. 22 – Oblate gathering cancelled – We hope to hold our May 24th Oblate Sunday.
May 24 Rule 12, 13, 14 and 15 The Celebration of Vigils on Sunday, The Celebration of Lauds on Ordinary Days, The Celebration of Vigils on the Anniversaries of Saints and The Times for Saying Alleluia
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
Guests are always welcome at our meetings!
Our Oblates are a great group of people and travel an average of 60 miles to participate. They use assigned readings and “homework” to make learning more than information. They come to find it life-giving… a radical spirit.
We may also have an Oblate Retreat and/or Summer Day in 2020.
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.