Benedictine Oblates of Nebraska
Who We Are
Oblates of St. Benedict are Christian men and women of all faiths—single, married, divorced, and widowed—who associate themselves with a Benedictine monastery in order to enrich their Christian way of life. Oblates shape their lives by living the wisdom of Christ as interpreted by St. Benedict. Oblates seek God by striving to become holy in their chosen way of life. By integrating their prayer and work, they manifest Christ’s presence in society. (Source: “An Introduction to Oblates of St. Benedict.”)
Oblates commit themselves to live in the spirit of the Rule of Benedict and the directives of Oblates of their particular monastery. Oblates become representatives of their monastic community; most do not live in a monastic house.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an Oblate, please contact the chapter. One of the deans will be in touch to provide information about the steps to take to become an Oblate. In brief, an inquirer enters the program, makes an initial commitment for one year, and then makes a final Oblation at the Oblation Ceremony.
Becoming an Oblate
“Laity are Called to be Holy, Experience Benedictine Lives as Oblates”
As we begin this second millennium, we examine how Christianity evolved in the first millennium. One notes that Christian men and women fled to the desert to live ascetic lives, observing the disciplines of poverty, chastity, and obedience. These became the basis of the Rule of Saint Benedict, “… one of the most influential documents of Western civilization.” Monastics established monasteries as places set apart for those called to deeply “participate in the life of Christ.” Monks became Christianity’s greatest missionaries, planting the church in England, Ireland, and other outposts beyond Rome and Constantinople.
Today men and women of all Christian traditions can grow in holiness by becoming Benedictine Oblates. Benedictine Oblates associate themselves with a Benedictine Monastery to receive help and guidance for living a full Christian life. They are guided by the teaching of Christ as set down and interpreted by St. Benedict. Besides the study of the Rule of Saint Benedict, they are guided in the great monastic tradition of Lectio Divina (holy reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation). An Oblate’s role is not one of a monk or nun. Rather, he or she strives to live in the world, to become holy in the world, and to do what he or she can to bring the world to God by being a witness of Christ. After one year in the Formation Program as an inquirer, a person may become an Oblate.
Finding Out More
Contact the Nebraska Chapter to ask about becoming an Oblate of Saint Benedict. One of the deans will respond and offer you answers to the questions that have come to you. God’s blessings be with you as you discern how God is calling you to follow Jesus Christ.
Hastings Information Session
An opportunity for individuals curious about Benedictine oblates will be offered on Saturday, August 25, 2018, 9:30–11:00 a.m. CDT, at St. Cecilia’s Health Ministry Building, 415 N. Kansas Ave., Hastings, Nebraska. Please contact Oblate Dean Juliene Bryan, 402.984.4674 or wjbryan at gtmc dot net with questions. Read more about oblates in Hastings.
Lincoln Information Session
The annual information session for people who want to find out more about the journey to becoming a Benedictine oblate will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m. CDT in the Sheridan Room at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital—Lincoln Campus, 5401 South St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Read more about oblates in Lincoln.
Steinauer Information Session
A session for people who want to explore the oblate life will be held in the Banquet Room at Covenant House (near St. Anthony’s Church), 311 N. Hickory St., Steinauer, Nebraska, on Monday, August 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m. CDT. Find out more by emailing Oblate Dean Marcia Borcher: db92140 at windstream dot net. Read more about oblates in Steinauer.