Oblate Program Description


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.


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 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.

Monthly Oblate Reflection - January 2018
Borrowing from Benedict’s Rules to Change the Way
We Make New Year’s Resolutions
By Robert Sosa, obOSB

The three most common New Year’s resolutions we make each year are 1. Eat healthier, 2. Get fit, and 3. Save money. Among the resolutions we break most often are, you guessed it, 1. Eat healthier, 2. Get fit, and 3. Save money. This according to Statista and to Time magazine, two online portals providing statistics.

In fact, almost all of the New Year’s resolutions we make we break. We mean well, but often we don’t do well. It seems, also, that we’re better at making and keeping the promises we make to others then those we make to ourselves. Promises to others tend to hold us accountable, while promises to ourselves tend to be more fragile. Perhaps one way of keeping our resolutions is by changing the way we go about making them. Maybe Joan Chittister’s book, The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages, can help.

Her book lists and explains in lay terms the many “Rules” St. Benedict wrote between AD 480-550 to guide the life of Benedictine monks living in monastic communities. The strand that binds each chapter in the book is Discipline. A life well-lived, according to Benedict, requires Discipline.

Most of us obviously don’t live in monasteries, but we do live in communities. And maybe we can borrow from Benedict’s rules to help make resolutions we can commit to. The reason they’ll stick is that they will be made in community, as Benedict did, in union with others. So that the resolution won’t just be about “Me.” It will be about “Us.” Some examples:

  1. From St. Benedict’s rules for The Proper Amount of Food; The Proper Amount of Drink; and Times for Meals (rules 39-41), a New Year’s Resolution can be made that could sound like this: “Beginning now, we will sit together as a family for the evening meal at least once a week.” Keep the meal simple: a main course and one side dish. Encourage meaningful conversation. When appropriate, talk about God. Ask of everyone at table, “What’s the best thing that’s happened to you in the last few days and what did you learn from it?” Then truly listen to the responses.

  2. On Benedict’s rule of Restraint in Speech (rule 6), a New Year’s Resolution could be this: “I will not gossip nor speak uncharitably of others - I just won’t. Doing so makes Me look bad, not Them.”

  3. On Benedict's rule of Distribution of Goods According to Need, (rule 34), a Resolution could be: “I will pray ‘unceasingly’ for the marginalized, for immigrants, the poor, the sick, the hungry, the imprisoned.” Go online and type in “Christian” or “Catholic Social Teachings” and see where you can advance those teachings as a volunteer. There are opportunities in almost all communities. So resolve now to make things happen, to change things for the better.

Here’s to “Us” resolutions made the Benedict way!
Best wishes and a Blessed and Happy New Year!

Download January Reflection (pdf)

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.



Oblate Program Schedule

Classes are held at St. Scholastica Monastery

Meeting Schedule

12:30 - 1 - Set up meeting space
1 - 1:20 - Liturgy of the Hours
1:20 - 2 - Formation
2 - 2:15 - Break
2:15 - 3 - Formation
3 - 3:30 - Clean up meeting space

Initial Formation - Meet in Chapel
On-Going Formation - Meet in large conf. room

September 10, 2017
Initial Formation - Benedictine Spirituality/ Prologue
Presenter: Sr. Antoinette Van Galen, OSB

On-Going Formation - Psalms
Presenter: Katherine “Kiki” Duck, ObOSB

October 1, 2017
Initial Formation - Stewardship
Presenter: Carol Armstrong, ObOSB

On-Going Formation - World Religions (Islam)
Presenter: Mary Tobin

November 5, 2017
Initial Formation - Liturgy of the Hours
Presenter: Sr. Bernadine Reyes, OSB

On-Going Formation - Liturgy of the Hours
Presenter: Sr. Bernadine Reyes, OSB

December - NO CLASS

January 7, 2018
Initial Formation - Social Justice
Presenter: Sr. Susan Mika, OSB

On-Going Formation - Enneagram
Presenter: Bonnie Caruso

February 4, 2018
Initial Formation - Hospitality
Presenter: Emily Rodgers, ObOSB

On-Going Formation - Tools of Good Works
Presenter: Richard DeMouy, ObOSB

March 4, 2018
Initial Formation - Humility
Presenter: Katherine “Kiki” Duck, ObOSB

On-Going Formation - Benedictine Monasteries
in Europe
Presenter: Jan Davis, ObOSB and Bill Howden, ObOSB

April 8, 2018
Initial Formation - Tools of God’s Work
Presenter: Phyllis Allen, ObOSB

On-Going Formation - Social Justice
Presenter: Sr. Susan Mika, OSB

May 25-27, 2018
Omega Retreat Center

The Journey of Self Discovery through the Enneagram
Presenter: Bonnie Caruso

More Retreat information in Spring 2018

2017-2018 Oblate Suggested Oblate Reading List

Cherish Christ Above All:
The Bible in the Rule of Benedict

Author: Demetrius Dumm, OSB

The Monastic Journey
Author: Thomas Merton

The Psalms - Heartbeat of Life and Worship
Author: Brother Benedict Janecke, OSB

Going Deeper - A Call to Benedictine Spirituality
Author: Stephen Gorham

How to be a Monastic and not Leave your Day Job
Author: Brother Benet Tveaton, OSB

Previous Oblate Reflections


January (pdf)

Previous Years' Reflections