What is an Oblate?
An oblate is a lay or clergy, single or married person formally associated with our monastery. Community of Divine Love 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.