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. 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.