Frequently asked Questions about Oblates
What is an oblate?
An oblate is anyone who wishes to deepen their relationship with Christ by living the Rule of St. Benedict according to the Constitution of a given Benedictine Monastery.
Who may become an oblate?
Any baptized man or woman who wants to deepen their relationship with Christ through the Benedictine way of life.
How old do you need to be to become an oblate?
Each monastery establishes the age of when individuals are accepted into the program.
Do oblates take classes?
There is a formation process whereby interested men and women learn about the Benedictine way of life. After a period of at least a year, and after the individual feels called to this way of life, they ask to be accepted as an oblate. Study of the Rule and the Gospel continue as an oblate.
What are the works of the oblate?
Oblates continue living in their given situation in their homes and work places. The main work of the oblate is deepening their relationship with Jesus through a life of prayer and interior silence. Each monastery may have projects which the oblates adopt as their projects.
What are the dues?
There are no dues in our program. We stress that it is a love relationship with God. Dues are developing a prayer life.
Are there any requirements?
Since oblates are following the rule which encourages a deeper relationship with God, the requirement is to do just that. Oblates are encouraged to take prayer time each day by praying the office of the Church and time for personal prayer. They are encouraged to also do something of service, of helping someone in need and being active in their parish community.
Do I need to live close to a monastery to belong?
No, but it does help to be close to the monastery to which an oblate is affiliated. Every oblate needs a sense of belonging and it helps when an oblate identifies himself/herself with a given monastery.
Do oblates take vows?
No. They make promises to live faithfully to the community to which they affiliate themselves with.
Am I good enough to be an oblate?
If we can appreciate that we are on a journey to God that question falls away. God made us good. God loves us for who we are. We are called to follow our God and maker.
Need More Information? Contact
Sister Celine Schock, OSB
Immaculata Monastery & Spirituality Center
300 N. 18th Street
Norfolk, NE 68701