Our Oblate Program
How Do You Become an Oblate?
When women and men first begin to consider oblation, they contact our oblate director, Sr Mary John Seyler, OSB, to discuss what it involves and whether it is right for them. If it seems right, they can be enrolled as novice oblates for one year during a ceremony at Holy Angels Convent. Throughout that year, they follow the basic requirements of the program and continue to discern if the Benedictine Way is God’s will for them. Novice oblates may choose to extend this period of discernment to make certain of their calling. Finally, at an oblation ceremony at Holy Angels Convent, they promise to seek God in their lives according to “the Gospel as interpreted by St Benedict in his Rule.”
What Does an Oblate Do?
Oblates are people of prayer: most of them learn and pray the Liturgy of the Hours daily. At Holy Angels Convent, all oblates are assigned a Sister to be their prayer partner and to provide personal encouragement. Oblates receive a monthly newsletter that includes teaching on Benedictine values, the liturgy, and similar topics. Three times a year—in March, July, and October—oblates are encouraged to come to Holy Angels for a spirituality weekend of informative talks and Benedictine hospitality. They are also welcome to come at other times of the year for private prayer. Oblates are also occasionally invited to volunteer at the convent or take part in other service projects.
What Are Benedictine Values?
The Oblate Prayer
O Loving God, I ask your blessing this day on all the Oblates of Saint Benedict and those with whom we are affiliated. Help us to become people of prayer and peace. Though scattered far and wide, help us to be together in the spirit of your love. Give us hearts wide enough to embrace each other as well as those whose lives we touch. Enable us to listen and to learn from each other and those around us each day. May we be models in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities of wise stewardship, dignified human labor, sacred leisure, and reverence for all living things. Above all, O God, may our presence among others be a constant witness of justice, compassion and hope to all. Amen.