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History of Oblates: Rome 

St. Benedict lived about 480-547 AD, and founded more than a dozen monasteries during

his lifetime. In the seventh century, in diverse places and various ways, lay people worked

closely with monks in and around their monasteries. In the ninth century, forms of lay

consecration to God developed.

Henry II (973-1024) ruled the Roman Empire for the last decade of his life. Though he

desired to live as a monk, he instead became an oblate, and served God conscientiously as

emperor, with his wife Cunegunde, fostering a healthy monastic presence throughout Italy

and in German-speaking lands. His feast is July 15.

St Frances of Rome (1384-1440) led other noblewomen of her time—under the care if

Olivetan Benedictines—to pursue a fervent Christian life in their homes, and to meet the

needs of the poor in the city. Eventually a communal form of oblate life developed, which

continues to this day in Rome, claiming St Frances of Rome as its founder. Her feast is

March 9.

St Henry the Pious and St Frances of Rome are the principal patrons of Benedictine oblates.

Other patrons of oblates include St. Maurus (510-584) and St. Elena Piscopia (1646-1684).

History of Oblates: Richardton 

Assumption Abbey dates back to 1893, and its oblate program to 1907 or a bit earlier. We

have had oblates affiliated with us for more than a century. Enrollments at Assumption

Abbey were sporadic in 1907 and following, then more regular from 1938 through 1967. 

Now and then, entire parishes served by our monk-pastors and entire classes of Abbey

school students were enrolled as oblates.  Some of these are still active oblates today.  In

1981 our oblate program was revived from a period of inactivity, and has been

continuously active and growing since then.

Assumption Abbey

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St. Benedict lived about 480-547 AD, and founded more than a dozen monasteries during

his lifetime. In the seventh century, in diverse places and various ways, lay people worked

closely with monks in and around their monasteries. In the ninth century, forms of lay

Henry II (973-1024) ruled the Roman Empire for the last decade of his life. Though he

desired to live as a monk, he instead became an oblate, and served God conscientiously as

emperor, with his wife Cunegunde, fostering a healthy monastic presence throughout Italy

St Frances of Rome (1384-1440) led other noblewomen of her time—under the care if

Olivetan Benedictines—to pursue a fervent Christian life in their homes, and to meet the

needs of the poor in the city. Eventually a communal form of oblate life developed, which

continues to this day in Rome, claiming St Frances of Rome as its founder. Her feast is

St Henry the Pious and St Frances of Rome are the principal patrons of Benedictine oblates.

Other patrons of oblates include

Assumption Abbey dates back to 1893, and its oblate program to 1907 or a bit earlier. We

have had oblates affiliated with us for more than a century. Enrollments at Assumption

Abbey were sporadic in 1907 and following, then more regular from 1938 through 1967. 

Now and then, entire parishes served by our monk-pastors and entire classes of Abbey

school students were enrolled as oblates.  Some of these are still active oblates today.  In

Assumption Abbey

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