Philosophy of the Oblate Community
We are Benedictine Oblates of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. We form a
community united by adherence to the teaching of the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, the holy Rule of St. Benedict and the values
we share with the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. We strive
through prayer, liturgical celebration, instruction and fellowship
in Christ to be people who experience the richness of the
Benedictine monastic tradition while living in the world.
Our lives as oblates are built on three promises and five
duties. The first promise, stability of heart, expresses the
commitment the oblate makes to a particular monastic community.
Stability of heart is a reaffirming of the basic promise of
conversion that we make at baptism.
The second promise, fidelity to the spirit of monastic life,
expresses our commitment to live lives of spirituality, piety and
balance. The third promise, obedience to the will of God, expresses
our commitment to growth in discernment of God's will through
prayer, spiritual direction and faithfulness to one's religious
traditions. Obedience is not a series of acts grudgingly done, but
the response of a willing heart in the service of God.
Oblates accept into their lives five duties. These duties have
both a formative and a sustaining function in the oblate's life.
During the novitiate, usually a one-year period, these duties help
novices to develop habits that will sustain them in their vocation
The five duties are: praying the Liturgy of the Hours, regularly
reading the Rule of St. Benedict, practicing lectio
divina, being faithful to the sacraments (or other religious
practices) and cultivating a sense of God's presence in daily
Benedictine Oblates of Saint Meinrad Archabbey are committed to
forming a community of love and faith based on the promises and
duties of oblate life. As we move forward, the words of our Holy
Father St. Benedict guide and remind us to "prefer nothing to