"That in all things God may be glorified." The Oblates of St. Martin Monastery are Christian women and men, Catholic or non-Catholic, lay or ordained, who are spiritually united with the monastic community in seeking God according to the Rule of St. Benedict.
They have discovered that the guidance of the Rule can help them develop a balanced lifestyle that will strengthen and enhance their commitment to Christ, regardless of their vocation. Ecumenism enriches the group, where there is respect for the religious traditions of the various members and the insights that each contributes.
The Benedictine way of life is not spectacular; it is an ordinary Christian life of prayer, work, study and leisure lived intentionally. In his sixth century Rule, St. Benedict tells his followers that "we are going to establish a school for the service of the Lord. In founding it, we hope to introduce nothing harsh or burdensome." He promises that as we advance in the life of faith, our hearts expand, and "we run the way of God's commandments with unspeakable sweetness of love."
The word oblate (pronounced 'ăb-late) comes from the Latin word oblate, which means someone offered or dedicated. Oblation is a commitment that is given freely from the heart. It requires cultivation in both good and difficult times; hence the value of the prayer and familial support of both the monastic and the Oblate communities in remaining faithful to one's dedication.
The Oblates of St. Martin Monastery ordinarily meet once a month except in June, July and August for prayer, study and fellowship.
Meetings are held at St. Martin's from 12:30 - 2:00 pm. on the second Saturday of the month. Occasional activities with the monastic community give the Oblates an opportunity to associate with the Sisters.
Contact: Sister Lorane Coffin, OSB