Oblate Program Description

Purpose

Our Oblate Program offers individuals opportunities to live the ideals and values of the Benedictine way of life by:

  • Listening to the Word of God as it comes through scripture, prayer, people and the signs of the times.

  • Making Christ visible through sharing faith, hope and love.

  • Being sensitive and responsive to the needs of others, especially those less fortunate.

  • Providing meaningful spiritual programs and times for Christ-centered fellowship.

Commitment

Oblates of St. Benedict are Christian women and men who associate themselves with a Benedictine community in order to enrich their Christian way of life.

Oblates do not take on new religious practices. As individuals and as members of a body, they grow in love of God, neighbor and self. With the Rule of St. Benedict as their guide, Oblates adopt values that are part of the very fabric of Christian Spirituality, simply seeking to deepen their faith and to lead enriched Christian lives according to the Scriptures. Through association with a Benedictine community, Oblates receive help and guidance in living a full Christian life.

Our Oblate candidates participate in a one year formation process consisting of faith sharing and prayer, and classes designed to enhance their knowledge of Benedictine spirituality.

After this formation process is completed, our Oblate candidates make a commitment in the presence of our community to:

  • Share spiritual and social life
  • Integrate prayer and work to manifest Christ’s presence in society
  • Join the community on special occasions for prayer, liturgy, meals and celebrations.


Membership

Membership is open to Christian women and men, single or married, of wholesome character and emotional stability who, inspired by Benedictine spirituality, are willing to commit oneself:

  • To grow in understanding of faith in order to live the Gospel values more deeply.
  • To share in Benedictine community through prayer and ministry while remaining in her/his chosen way of life.
  • To grow in knowledge of the Boerne Benedictine Sisters’ mission and heritage.
  • To live the charism of Benedictine spirituality and extend those gifts for service promoting the reign of God.


Volunteer Opportunities

Many of our Oblates volunteer at the Monastery in various capacities throughout the year. Giving back is one way they share their Benedictine lifestyle with us.

If you would like more information about our Oblate program,
please call (830) 816-8504.

 

 

2019 - 2020
Oblate Schedule and Classes

Print 2019-2020 schedule (pdf)

 

11:00 a.m. Mass in Chapel
12:00 p.m. Lunch in Large Conference room
1:00 p.m. Prayer
1:20-2:00 p.m. Formation
2:00-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3:00 p.m. Formation
3:00-3:30 p.m. Clean up space

Initial Formation
Meet in Small Conference room

September 8
Topic: Prologue
Presenter: Sr. Antoinette Van Galen, OSB
Sisters provide lunch

October 6
Topic: Prayer - Chapters 8 - 9 / 20
Presenter: Sr. Frances Briseño, OSB
Bring your own sack lunch

November 3
Topic: Tools of Good Works - Chapter 4
Presenter: Sr. Sylvia Ahr, OSB
Bring your own sack lunch

December
NO CLASS

January 5
Topic: Hospitality - Chapter 7
Presenter: Sr. Michael Brandt, OSB
Sisters provide lunch

February 2
Topic: Humility - Chapter 7
Presenter: Sr. Bernice Lindsey, OSB
Bring your own sack lunch

March 1
Topic: Reflection Day
Presenter: Sr. Bernadine Reyes, OSB
Joint session with both groups

April 5
Topic: Stewardship - Chapter 32
Presenter: Sr. Susan Mika, OSB
Bring your own sack lunch

May 3
Topic: Town Meeting- Past & Present
of the Benedictine Oblates
Presenters: Oblate Team
Joint session with both groups
Sisters provide lunch


On-going Formation
Meet in Monastery Large Conference room

September 8
Topic: The Rule of Benedict - Abandoned or Alive
Presenters: Sr. Frances Briseño, OSB & Peggy Raley, ObOSB
Sisters provide lunch

October 6
TBA

November 3
Topic: How to be a Monastic Oblate In the 21st Century
Presenter: Emilie Rogers, ObOSB
Bring your own sack lunch

December
NO CLASS

January 5
TBA

February 2
Topic: Silence: Genevieve Glee, OSB
Presenter: Jan Davis, ObOSB
Bring your own sack lunch

March 1
Topic: Day of Reflection
Presenter: Sr. Bernadine Reyes, OSB
Joint session with both groups

April 5
Topic: Parables of Jesus: Paradigm of Monastic History
Presenter: Bill Howden, ObOSB
Bring your own sack lunch

May 3
Topic: Town Meeting- Past & Present
of the Benedictine Oblates
Presenters: Oblate Team
Joint session with both groups
Sisters provide lunch