What is an Oblate of Saint Benedict?



The Oblates of St. Benedict are Catholic lay women or men  who desired to enrich their Christian life by shaping and living the wisdom of Christ as interpreted by the rule of  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.


The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ. Each member belongs to, and comprises this Body which we call Church.  Thus, each member  has a special function to perform. These functions are called vocations, a calling from God.  The clerical life is one those vocations.  Some are called to live a holy, blessed single life, while most are called to the married state and the raising of a family. 


The Oblates of St. Benedict, under the jurisdiction of the Traditional Roman Catholic Church, committed themselves to live a holy life in the world by being witnesses of Christ  to those around them, and by doing so, they are evangelizing and calling others to follow Christ.

Oblates concern themselves with striving to be what they are, people of God and temples of the Holy Spirit. Their prayer life will flow from this awareness, as will their willingness to offer themselves (that is the meaning of the word oblate) for the service of God and neighbor to the best of their ability. Oblates do not take on a new set of religious practices and are not required to say a certain number of prayers or engage in special devotions. They do not live in a religious community or take vows. 


To learn more about TRCC-OSB contact Sis. Violet Lamb at 609 641-5566.

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