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Saint Meinrad Benedictine Oblates

Saint Meinrad Benedictine Oblates

200 Hill Drive, Saint Meinrad (IN), 47577, United States

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About We are Benedictine Oblates of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.
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Mission We, members of the Benedictine Oblate Community of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, bear witness to the peace that the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Rule of our Holy Father St. Benedict have brought into our lives.

We embrace in our lives the values taught in the holy Rule of St. Benedict, according to our station in life: stability of heart, fidelity to the spirit of the monastic life and obedience to the will of God. These open us in love to the social values of hospitality, service to others and responsible stewardship.

The goal of the oblate community is the promotion of holiness in each of its members. We seek to accomplish this through common prayer and work, by the grace of God.

We find value in being an oblate and invite others to share with us our oblate vocation. We pledge to help those who begin their spiritual journey as oblate novices to persevere in their chosen path.

We look to the future, pledging ourselves to encourage the development of leadership qualities among our oblates on the individual, chapter and organizational levels. We are faithful to the leadership of the archabbot of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, as reflected in the oblate director he has appointed.

As Benedictine Oblates of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, who desire the peace and stability of Benedictine life while living outside the monastery, we pledge to use our time, talent and treasure to continue the renewal started by our Holy Father St. Benedict. This oblate community will show to our Benedictine sisters and brothers, and to the world, the power of this vocation, lived with love and dedication.
Description We are Benedictine Oblates of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. We form a community united by adherence to the teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the holy Rule of St. Benedict and the values we share with the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. We strive through prayer, liturgical celebration, instruction and fellowship in Christ to be people who experience the richness of the Benedictine monastic tradition while living in the world.

Our lives as oblates are built on three promises and five duties. The first promise, stability of heart, expresses the commitment the oblate makes to a particular monastic community. Stability of heart is a reaffirming of the basic promise of conversion that we make at baptism.

The second promise, fidelity to the spirit of monastic life, expresses our commitment to live lives of spirituality, piety and balance. The third promise, obedience to the will of God, expresses our commitment to growth in discernment of God's will through prayer, spiritual direction and faithfulness to one's religious traditions. Obedience is not a series of acts grudgingly done, but the response of a willing heart in the service of God.

Oblates accept into their lives five duties. These duties have both a formative and a sustaining function in the oblate's life. During the novitiate, usually a one-year period, these duties help novices to develop habits that will sustain them in their vocation as oblates.

The five duties are: praying the Liturgy of the Hours, regularly reading the Rule of St. Benedict, practicing lectio divina, being faithful to the sacraments (or other religious practices) and cultivating a sense of God's presence in daily living.

Benedictine Oblates of Saint Meinrad Archabbey are committed to forming a community of love and faith based on the promises and duties of oblate life. As we move forward, the words of our Holy Father St. Benedict guide and remind us to "prefer nothing to Christ."
Founded Saint Meinrad Archabbey was founded in 1854 by monks from Einsiedeln Abbey in Switzerland.
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