Mount Angel Abbey

Benedictine Oblates of Mount Angel Abbey

Formed by the Benedictine monastic tradition, oblates of Mount Angel Abbey seek God in Christian discipleship in the world. By obedience to Catholic teaching, faithfulness to liturgical prayer and continual conversion of life according to the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict, oblates seek union with God and growth in charity toward one’s neighbor. This work is undertaken in spiritual communion with the monks of Mount Angel Abbey with the desire that in all things God may be glorified, and that together we may come to life everlasting.

What is an Oblate of Saint Benedict?

Oblates of Saint Benedict are Christians who have experienced in some way a call to embrace Benedictine spirituality. After a time of prayer and discernment they have desired a more formal, permanent commitment to a monastic community. By making this formal self-giving to Christ in communion with a monastic community, the oblate embraces the time-tested traditions and values of the Benedictine way. Oblates are united to the prayer and good works of the monastery to which they are associated while they continue to live out their Christian vocation in the world.

What does "oblate" mean?

The word “oblate” comes from a Latin root word denoting the offering of a gift, or an out-pouring. In the monastic context it is referring to the total gift of self to Christ. At Mount Angel Abbey monastic oblations always take place in the context of the Eucharistic liturgy, for the oblate is offering his or her life in union with Christ in his perfect and complete sacrifice of praise to God, our heavenly Father.

What does an oblate do?

Benedictine oblates of Mount Angel Abbey are encouraged to pray some form of the Liturgy of the Hours each day, as well as practice daily Lectio Divina and reading of the Holy Rule. It is hoped that oblates will live out their Benedictine vocation of prayer and work through active lives of faithful service in their parish communities, their business or professional associations, and in their family and social relationships.

Does an oblate make vows?

No, oblation is not a juridical or legal commitment. Monastic oblation is, however, a public and solemn promise made in the presence of the Church which effects a spiritual association with a particular monastic community. Oblation is intended to be an aid in the fulfillment of one’s baptismal vows. Saint Benedict teaches that his Rule of Life is a way to help Christians live the Gospel more faithfully.

Oblate Retreats at the Guesthouse

Benedictine Oblate retreats are intended specifically for oblates interested in deepening their Christian lives through the spirituality of the Benedictine tradition.

For the majority of the retreats that begin on Friday evenings, one may choose to arrive in time for vespers and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the Abbey church: these begin at 5:15 pm. Dinner is available at 6 pm by special reservation. The retreat formally begins with compline in the Abbey church followed by a presentation on the conference level of the retreat house. Silence begins at the conclusion of the first conference. The retreat follows the monastic horarium (schedule), with retreatants joining the monks for Holy Mass and the Divine Office. Meals are silent, served buffet or family style in the retreat house dining room, accompanied by spiritual reading.

Silence ends with breakfast on Sunday. Many retreats will include the ceremony of Final Oblation that takes place at the monastic community’s Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist. A light reception is held afterward, followed by the final of four spiritual conferences. Before this final presentation, those wishing to begin the process of becoming a Benedictine Oblate of Mount Angel Abbey can do so by participating in the induction of oblate novices, where they will receive their own copy of the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict and receive a blessing. The retreats conclude with the noon meal, at which retreatants have an opportunity to visit with one another, and make plans for their next visit to the monastery.

Peace! In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen. I offer myself to Almighty God, to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to our Blessed Father Benedict as an oblate of Mount Angel Abbey, Saint Benedict, Oregon; and I solemnly promise, before God and His saints, the reformation of my life in order to more perfectly dedicate myself to the love of God and neighbor. This I will do by God’s grace, according to the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict, in so far as my state in life permits. Amen.” (Form of Monastic Oblation)

2019 Oblate Retreat Schedule

(You must be an oblate to attend these retreats.)
Oblates of St. Benedict are Christians who have experienced in some way a call to embrace Benedictine spirituality. After a time of prayer and discernment they have desired a more formal, permanent commitment to a monastic community. By making this formal self-giving to Christ in communion with a monastic community, the oblate embraces the time-tested traditions and values of the Benedictine way. Oblates are united to the prayer and good works of the monastery to which they are associated while they continue to live out their Christian vocation in the world.

For more information on becoming on oblate, please contact LaVern Hayworth, Associate Director of Oblates, at 541.567.9708.
To register for a retreat, email retreat@mtangel.edu.

CANCELLED – April 12–15: Passiontide at the Abbey; Fr. Pius X Harding, O.S.B.

July 9–12: Oblate Study Days
Tuesday morning to Friday lunch (arrival on Monday night encouraged)
$215 single occupancy/$355 double OR
$339 single/$574 double occupancy (includes St. Benedict Weekend)

July 12–14: Oblate Benedict Festival Weekend
$181 single occupancy/$293 double/$72 commuter

September 17–19: Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B.
$194 single occupancy/$326 double/ $88 commuter

September 20–22
$194 single occupancy/$326 double/ $88 commuter

November 1–3: Fr. Odo Recker, O.S.B.
$194 single occupancy/$326 double/ $88 commuter

Statutes for Oblates

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Rest in Peace

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Oblate Council

The oblate council is dedicated to promoting the mission of the oblates of Mount Angel Abbey. This is done by discerning the call and direction of the Holy Spirit regarding the oblate association, advising the Abbot and Director of Oblates, and supporting oblate group leaders and all oblates.

Oblate Council Members

Oblates

Director of Oblates
Fr. Ralph Recker, O.S.B.

Assistant Oblate Director
Abbot Nathan Zodrow, O.S.B.

Associate Director of Oblates
LaVern Hayworth
Hermiston, Oregon

Secretary of the Oblate Council
Patricia Clark
Salem, Oregon

 

Appointed Members of the Oblate Council

Dan & Donna Bevens
Vancouver, Washington

Michael & Cheryl Schwartz
Colton, Oregon

Gloria Stevens
Lake Oswego, Oregon

Mary Stuckart
Stayton, Oregon

Oblate Groups

Mount Angel Abbey is blessed to have over 600 oblates in spiritual association with its monks. These men and women live in many different states and provinces, and all find a spiritual home at Mount Angel Abbey. Those who live near the Abbey can join the monks in person for prayer and work quite often. Those far away from the Abbey usually enjoy a visit about once or twice per year. Whether near or far, all are in communion with one another and with the monks in the monastery through the spiritual bonds of monastic oblation.

This spiritual association or communion is confirmed and enhanced when oblates gather together for prayer, work, study and fellowship in small groups away from the Abbey. Group participation is optional, but it is an opportunity provided to oblates through the enthusiasm and efforts of their fellow oblates. Some groups meet in order to study the Holy Rule or to share a time of prayer. Other groups will meet to enjoy a good meal and conclude their gathering with the part of the Divine Office appropriate to the time of day. Each group has its own character, and is facilitated by a “group leader” who dedicates his/her time and talents to this good work. There can be an “oblate group” wherever there are two or more oblates who would like to come together for this purpose. If you are in one of the areas which has an oblate group, please feel free to contact its facilitator. If you would like to participate in an existing group, or even begin a new one in your area, please contact the Director of Oblates for more information.

Oblate Groups by Location

Oregon
Bend
Corvallis
Eugene
Grants Pass
Medford
Mount Angel
Portland
Stayton
Washington
Arlington
Bellevue
Chelan
Ellensburg
Kirkland
Richland
Seattle
Vancouver
Montana
Billings
Helena
Missoula
Roundup
Alaska
Fairbanks
Minnesota
Minneapolis-St. Paul
Alberta
Calgary
Medicine Hat