Some people feel call to seek God in the religious experience in community. We welcome all men and women who are at least twenty-one years of age who might be considering life in our community. Feel free to contact us to learn more. We are happy to talk with you.
What is an Oblate?
An oblate is a lay or clergy, single or married person formally associated with our monastery. CDL oblates seek to deepen their commitment to love and serve God through a personal and spiritual relationship with the Community, adapting to their lives the principles on which the monks base their common life. The oblate looks to the Community of Divine Love for encouragement and inspiration and seeks to live a life of prayer and service.
What do Oblates do?
Using the CDL Oblate Rule of Life as a guide, oblates will write and follow their own individual adaptation of the CDL Oblate Rule which expresses a commitment to faithful discipleship. The Rule helps us to keep a steady and committed focus on the Divine through prayer, service and study, striving to see God in all things. Under the direction of the CDL Formation Director, oblates will stay in regular communication with the community, be invited to attend annual oblate retreats, support the community in mutual prayer, offer financial support to the monastery as able and assist the community in other ways that are reasonable and good.
How do I become an Oblate?
After studying the CDL Oblate Rule of Life, if it is your desire to become an oblate, you will meet with the Formation Director to review your life circumstances and intention. The Formation Director may then direct you to create and submit your individual Rule.
After your Rule has been reviewed and accepted, you will then begin the six month period of putting into practice the disciplines and principles outlined in The Oblate Rule of Life having adapted them to your particular life circumstances. After the six month probationary period, you may be admitted as an Oblate during a worship service at the community and presented with the distinctive Oblate Cross, which you may wear as a sign of your commitment to God and community in the monastic spirit of an oblate.
What does the monastery community offer the oblate?
The Community of Divine Love will include Oblates in their cycle of prayer, offer ongoing spiritual support and education, encourage a spirit of community among oblates, offer teaching on the monastic life, and gather the Oblate community for one annual retreat each year.
If you are interested in becoming a part of our community as an Oblate, feel free to contact us. We are happy to talk with you.
Alongsiders are individuals who are live-in guests of our community. They join us in our life of prayer, work, and study. Some may join us in ministry outside the monastery, but is not a requirement. We invite individuals to be with us for a period of time without the pressure of formalized discernment. It can mean that they are with us for a few weeks or a few months. Simply come and experience our community and discover where God is leading.
If you feel you may want to explore being an Alongsider, we are happy to talk with you.
Our Divine Companion Program is for our friends living in prisons who wish to maintain an intentional relationship with CDL. We support our Divine Companions as they strive to live a more structured and focused spiritual life during incarceration. We assist them in developing a Rule of Life that can help them live with more spiritual focus and awareness and to foster a sense of community with us through written correspondence and email.
The Divine Companion Rule of Life includes the following commitments:
- To Community
- To Daily Prayer
- To Study - To Meditation
- To Practicing Compassion - To Be a Peacemaker
- To Non-Violence
- To Conversion of Life
There are currently fifteen Divine Companion members of our community.