Becoming an Oblate
St. Frances of Rome (1384-1440), Patron of Oblates.
All Walks of Life
People from all walks of life are searching for deeper meaning in their lives.
The Benedictine way of life offers a structure that helps keep in focus what is
Admission to the Oblates begins with
a desire for greater growth as a disciple of Christ and an appreciation for the
'way of life' described by St. Benedict in the Rule
of St. Benedict, that guides and sustains one's efforts to live deeply
as a disciple.
The Director of Oblates (651-777-8181) helps applicants think
about whether this might be a spiritual path for them to follow.
A Year of Study and Reflection
Once accepted as a candidate, candidates enter into a year of study and reflection.
At a ceremony known as Enrollment, Oblate candidates receive the Rule of St.
Benedict from the Prioress of the monastic community. During the formation
period, candidates explore the values and traditions of a Benedictine way of living
and how the Rule of St. Benedict applies to daily life. Through prayer
and practice, candidates discern whether this way of living is for them.
If candidates decide at the end of the year of formation that
indeed they are prepared to live the Rule in an intentional way, they make
a promise in a public ceremony to enter into a new relationship with the monastic
community, finding ways to join in the prayer and work of the community.
On an on-going basis, Oblates meet the third Sunday of each
month and participate in a day-long retreat annually.
The Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery support the Oblates with
their prayers even as the Oblates support the Sisters in an equally prayerful
2011-2012 Oblate Candidate Formation Schedule
September 15 Orientation Evening
7pm - 8:30pm
Facilitators: Catherine Nehotte, OSB and Lucia Schwickerath, OSB
September 24 Retreat Day
9am – 3:30pm Upon This Tradition:
The Story of Benedict and Scholastica
Facilitator: Eleanor Wartman, OSB
November 5 Oblate Enrollment
November 17 The Heart of the Prologue
7pm - 9pm Facilitator: Carol Rennie, OSB
December 15 Benedictine Spirituality of Leadership
7pm - 9pm Facilitator: Lucia Schwickerath, OSB
January 19 Theology of Prayer
7pm - 9pm Facilitator: Mary Lou Dummer, OSB
February 16 Humility: Cornerstone of the Rule
7pm - 9pm Facilitator: Jeron Osterfeld, OSB
March 15 Benedictine Values and Monastic Practices
7pm - 9pm Facilitators: Panel of Oblates
April 19 Spirituality of Work
7pm - 9pm Facilitator: Jacquelyn Bush, Oblate
May 4 – 5 Discernment Retreat: A Rule of Life
Fri 7pm thru Sat. 3pm
Facilitators: Lucia Schwickerath, OSB and Catherine Nehotte, OSB
May 26 Final Oblation
7pm (arrive 6:00pm) Vigil of Pentecost
For more information, contact:
Oblates of St. Benedict
St. Paul's Monastery
2675 Benet Road
St. Paul, MN 55109-5097