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Oblates

Membership Ceremonies: Becoming an Oblate 

In a simple ceremony in the midst of the monks gathered for prayer, the

candidate declares his/her desire to be enrolled as an oblate novice, after

which the Abbot gives a St Benedict medal and a copy of the Rule of Benedict,

saying:

“Receive this medal with its cross of St Benedict. May it remind you to take up your

cross daily and follow Christ.  As this medal has been blessed, so may you be

blessed with health of soul and body. With the help of St Benedict, may you strive

to exercise true charity and justice toward all, so that one day you may share in the

heavenly kingdom. // Accept the Holy Rule of St Benedict, which was written in the

spirit of the Gospel. Let it be a special guide for you in your life as a Christian and

an Oblate of St Benedict. May your study of this Rule inspire you to work zealously

in harmony with others where you are, for the good of all people and the honor

and glory of God.”

One year later the oblate novice may make oblation, solemnly reading the

following text before the Abbot and signing it on the altar:

“In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen, I, (name), offer myself to God through

Jesus Christ our Lord and our holy patron, St Benedict, as an oblate of Assumption

Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota, 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.” 

This is followed by the monks giving the sign of peace to the new oblate.

Meet Some Assumption Abbey Oblates 

Our oblate program and membership may best be appreciated if I introduce

you to a few of our oblates.

Rick and Jen, relatively near neighbors to us in ND, are devoted parents with

young children. Rick is a workshop facilitator. Jen works from home for

Lighthouse Catholic Media supplying educational Catholic CDs to parishes.

Rick and Jen are dedicated to serving God in their parish and local community,

and raising their children to follow in their footsteps. They both enjoy living

the Benedictine value of hospitality in their home.

Rev. Larry of MN married in 1968, and was ordained to the ministry (Lutheran)

a year later. After nearly a quarter century as a pastor, he now serves as a full

time hospice/hospital chaplain. He has been an oblate since 2004.  Into his

life-long disciple journey, Larry has incorporated some characteristically

Benedictine values and practices, including: daily Liturgy of the Hours, valuing

quality of life, and the meditative reading of Scripture we call lectio divina. 

Larry has found his life enriched by “the Benedictine teaching of living and

practicing the faith in the ordinariness of daily life.”

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which the Abbot gives a St Benedict medal and a copy of the Rule of Benedict,

“Receive this medal with its cross of St Benedict. May it remind you to take up your

to exercise true charity and justice toward all, so that one day you may share in the

“In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen, I, (name), offer myself to God through

Jesus Christ our Lord and our holy patron, St Benedict, as an oblate of Assumption

Rick and Jen are dedicated to serving God in their parish and local community,

Rev. Larry of MN married in 1968, and was ordained to the ministry (Lutheran)

Benedictine values and practices, including: daily Liturgy of the Hours, valuing

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