Oblates of Holy Angels Convent
Oblates are lay persons -women and men- who are affiliated with a particular Benedictine convent and share a spiritual union and human friendship with the Community there. They are bonded in prayer, love and commitment, becoming partners with the Sisters in the prayer and good works of the convent.
The purpose of being affiliated with a Benedictine Community is to receive help and guidance for living a full Christian life. The Oblate program is focused on helping one’s spiritual life, especially through prayer and the application of Benedictine values. Oblates learn about these values and become familiar with the RULE OF BENEDICT and make a public promise to implement, in their daily lives, the values expressed in the RULE OF BENEDICT. They do not live in the community, nor do they take vows. They carry out the usual duties of their particular state in life. Oblates develop a close spiritual relationship with the Sisters. This spiritual relationship is mutual. Each Oblate is assigned an individual Sister as a special Prayer Partner.
Our Oblate program officially began in 1984 with the leadership of Sister Yvonne Lerner, OSB. The membership has grown slowly, but steadily. Since most of the original and current Oblates live outside of the immediate Holy Angels Convent area, much of the Oblate work and communication has been by mail, email, or telephone.
Sr. Mary John Seylor, OSB assumed the directorship of the Benedictine Oblates of Holy Angels Convent after the founding Sister, Sr. Yvonne Lerner, OSB became too ill. Sr. Mary John hails from a little German descent town, Muenster, TX. She is a retired school teacher, former Superior, and now Pastoral Care Director and Visitor to the sick, with 60 years of experience in Benedictine Religious Life.
Sr. Mary John Seyler OSB
You can assist the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters of Holy Angels Convent through a financial gift. Your gift would be used for current needs, repairs to the Mother House and supporting our active and retired Sisters.