What is an Oblate of Saint Benedict?
Oblates are Christian men or women, lay or ordained, married or single, who seek to integrate the spirit of Saint Benedict in daily life. After a time of preparation as a Novice Oblate, the candidate becomes an Oblate of St. Benedict, affiliates with a specific Benedictine monastic community, and commits to applying in daily life the characteristic monastic principles, following The Rule of St. Benedict,.... by word and example a witness of Christ to everyone: family, friends, neighbors, strangers.
As an Oblate of St. Benedict (March 2019) I continue my daily life...as father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, neighbor, deacon....”wandering Finnish nomad ” as my beloved wife Margaret (RIP 2015) sometimes described me ...... BUT with a changed (and changing) perspective about my ongoing journey on this good earth....so that “in all things God may be glorified.” 1 Peter 4:11
I pray that God will strengthen me in my faith, that I may persevere in my holy resolution to serve God and humanity in accord with the spirit of the Rule of Saint Benedict, as my state in life permits. Amen
Deacon David L. Neff, OblSB
Oblates are encouraged to draw life from the following practices: