The Oblate Center
An Invitation... The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery extend to the Oblate an invitation to unite his/her prayer life to the Community and to share in its liturgies and enrichment opportunities, to extend the Benedictine charism to others, and to be a faithful witness to Christ with their support.
What is an Oblate?
An Oblate of St. Benedict is any Christian--Catholic or Protestant--affiliated with a Benedictine community for the purpose of enriching his/her Christian way of life by sharing in the spiritual life, prayers, and good works of the community. Since St. Benedict founded his order in the early sixth century A.D., Christian laypeople from different walks of life have associated themselves with his monasteries for spiritual enrichment.
Oblates do not live in monastic communities, but continue to carry out their usual duties at home, work, and in their churches and communities. Encouraged by the wisdom of the Rule of St. Benedict, Oblates strive to live a balanced life of work, prayer, and holy leisure.
Oblates are encouraged to pray some of the Liturgy of the Hours each day. Oblates become extensions of the monastic community and give witness to the Benedictine charism in the secular world. Oblates are encouraged to honor God’s presence in all people, places, and occasions, and to show love and concern for others.