Sunday, October 19, 2008

Officially an Oblate

Seal of Monastero di San Benedetto in Norcia

Last night I became an oblate of Monastero di San Benedetto in Norcia. It's basically like being a 3rd Order Benedictine. An oblate makes promises to the abbot (or in this case the prior) to live a life in the spirit of the Rule of Saint Benedict as his own situation allows in the world.

Basilica and Monastery of Saint Benedict in Norcia, Italy.

For more information on the monastery, please visit their website:

The Monastery of San Benedetto, Norcia, Italy.

The town of Norcia, Italy

Some general information on Benedictine Oblates:

Oblates at osb.org

RS

5 comments:

Flambeaux said...

I thought oblates were bound geographically as well as spiritually to a monastery.

I presume you're not expating to Norcia, so I infer that my understanding is in error.

FWIW, this perception on my part is why I haven't pursued more information on discerning the vocation of an oblate.

Any insights your care to share?

Thanks.

James Garrity said...

Such a blessed day! I pray that your oblateship is fruitful and an inspiration to others to dedicate themselves to Christ in a similar way!

Pax,
James

Roman Sacristan said...

flambeaux,

No, the geographic location is not necessary (although it can be a bit more helpful in terms being able to visit the monastery)

I have personal ties to Norcia because I was a novice there several years ago, so it's a bit more natural for me to become an oblate there.

I know a man who is from England, usually lives in Spain, and is an oblate of Fontgombault in France.

Really the key is to find a monastery which you feel spiritually "in tune" with. The easiest thing would be to look at the monasteries closest to you. AS geographic proximity will make it a bit easier. I'm more Benedictine in my spirituality, so even though there is a good Cistercian monastery less than five miles from where I live, I am much more drawn to the spirit of the monastery in Norcia a few thousand miles away.

I would encourage you to look into becoming an oblate (or third order member of another order) if you really do have a desire.

Most orders have some sort of affiliation for the laity. Benedictines and Cistercians have oblates, and Franciscans, Dominicans, and Carmelites have third orders. They will all vary from monastery to monastery or province to province, but it may be a good way to become more spiritually active.

Convivialdingo said...

Wonderful! I pray for your great success in service.

-Roger

Flambeaux said...

Roman Sacristan,

Thank you for your reply. And a hearty Deo Gratias on your new state in life.

I, too, am not far from the same Cistercian Monastery, assuming you're still living in the DFW Metroplex.

I had some friends who were involved with Norcia a few years ago, but I've since lost touch with them.

I probably ought to get myself up to Clear Creek and see how things are there.

Thanks again, and travel safely.