These Benedictine Oblate retreats are intended for oblates and those men and women 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 p.m. Dinner is available at 6:00 p.m. by special reservation. The retreat formally begins with compline in the Abbey church followed by a presentation in the Engelberg Room on the conference level of the retreat house. Silence begins at the conclusion of the first conference. The retreat follows the monastic horarium (schedule), the 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.
The renovation of the Abbey's guesthouse and retreat center is progressing on schedule and the dates for the 2019 oblate retreats are now set!! See Calendar of Retreats for the dates of up-coming Benedictine Oblate Retreats.
For More Information:
Contact LaVern Hayworth, the Associate Oblate Director at
541-567-9708, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to make an oblate retreat, please contact the Guesthouse Office at
503-845-3025 or e-mail: email@example.com