“ I offer myself to God through Jesus Christ our Lord and our holy patron, St Benedict…and promise to dedicate myself to the service of God and humanity according to the Rule of St Benedict, in so far as my state in life permits” (From the Oblate Profession Text)
What is An Oblate?
Benedictine oblates are men and women who have made a formal affiliation with a
particular Benedictine community. Oblates take the Rule of St. Benedict as a guide to
Gospel living and nurture a filial attachment to their particular monastery. Ideally,
occasional visits to the monastery help keep the filial bond strong. Oblates of Assumption
Abbey pray for us monks and we monks pray for our oblates and their needs. Oblates are
encouraged to pray the Liturgy of the Hours morning and evening.
Assumption Abbey Oblate Program
We produce a periodic newsletter for our oblates, and offer two retreat weekends per year
for our oblates and others interested in oblation. Among our own oblate community, we
have quite a diverse membership: lay and clergy, men and women, old and young,
Catholics and other Christians. Each person’s story is unique, but oblation generally has
roots in an individual’s quest for a deep walk with God and an affinity for Assumption
Contact an Oblate Director
Perhaps you were enrolled as an oblate years ago, and wish to be an active member once
again. Perhaps what you have read on this webpage is new and seems appealing to you.
You may contact our Oblate Director, or find an oblate program nearer to you. (It is our
policy at Assumption Abbey not to receive for oblation anyone who has not come to know
us face to face.) The North American Association of Benedictine Oblate Directors (NAABOD)
website maintains a LIST of NAABOD member monastic communities, organized by state,
as well as an interactive MAP showing 101 Benedictine monasteries with oblate programs,
to help you find a monastery with an oblate program near you.
See the LINKS page for other Catholic monastic orders with oblates, non-monastic Catholic
orders with oblate-equivalent programs (e.g., tertiaries, seculars, third order members), as
well as Orthodox and Protestant orders with lay affiliate members.
“ I offer myself to God through Jesus Christ our Lord and our holy patron, St Benedict…and promise to dedicate myself to the service of God and humanity according to the Rule of St Benedict, in so far as my state in life permits”(From the Oblate Profession Text)