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|About||4th International Oblate Congress, Rome, Italy (4-10 November 2017): A WAY FORWARD - THE BENEDICTINE COMMUNITY IN MOVEMENT - The Lord waits for us daily to translate into action, as we should, his holy teachings (Rule of St Benedict, Prolog 35)|
|Mission||To help widen the horizons of the participants and give new impulses to Benedictine spirituality under the protection of Saints Benedict and Scholastica|
A WAY FORWARD - THE BENEDICTINE COMMUNITY IN MOVEMENT
The Lord waits for us daily to translate into action, as we should, his holy teachings.
(RB, Prolog 35)
The Fourth International Congress for Benedictine Oblates will be held at the Salesianum in Rome (Italy) from 4 to 10 November 2017. Benedictine oblates and oblate directors from all over the world will gather to discuss, to share, to celebrate, to pray and work together, exploring our Congress theme A way forward - The Benedictine Community in Movement.
What does it mean to be an oblate in the 21st Century? Formed by the Rule of St Benedict, what is our responsibility for our broken world? How can we act as peacemakers showing hospitality in the face of war, terrorism, refugee crises and religious fanaticism? How can we serve as stewards of an abused planet as challenged and inspired by Pope Francis and his encyclical “Laudato Si”? How can we experience stability when monastic communities are shrinking and disappearing? How can we live a life of silence, contemplation and simplicity surrounded by chaos, idolized entertainment, digital noise and consumerism? How can we as oblates create and contribute to communities around us - in our oblate groups and chapters, in our families and neighborhoods, in our workplaces and in society as a whole (and even, in our own monasteries of oblation)?
The Fourth International Oblate Congress invites participants who want to take an active role in facing these challenges, to share their stories, to work and volunteer, and to search for answers. We are looking for participants who want to carry their newly gained knowledge back home to become change agents in their own communities – together finding a new way forward.
The official Congress language will be English, with plenum lectures translated into French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Further language groups can be added if participants contact the organisers and offer to help with translation.