Oblate Formation

Oblate Formation

The vocation of Oblation, from the beginning of Benedictine monasticism, has been an important expression of Religious life. It is the belief of the Companions of St. Luke that Oblation is an authentic vocation as important as vowed life as defined by its own tradition and history. Oblates make promises that link them in a fundamental way to the Community. Oblates promise to anchor their lives in prayer and to live their life within the framework of St. Benedict’s vows of: obedience, conversion of life and stability. It is the belief of the Companions of St. Luke that Oblates are uniquely authentic, having their own intensity, and are fully valued members of the Community. The Companions of St. Luke, OSB welcome any Baptized Christian who is a member in good standing within their church community as candidates for Novice-Oblation.

When the aspirant’s application is accepted, (s)he is welcomed as a Novice Oblate at Spring convocation. Novice Oblation includes a two year formation program. The formation for a Novice Oblate is designed to assist the member in his/her continued discernment as an Oblate of the Companions of St. Luke. During the first year, the novice-oblate will pray Morning and Evening prayer (Matins and Vespers), learn how to meditate using Lectio Divina, study the Rule of St. Benedict and its relationship to your Baptismal vows, Benedictine spirituality, and study the constitution and customary of the Companions of St. Luke. The second year the novice-oblate will continue the prayer and meditation discipline developed in the first year and study what it means and the implications of being a Benedictine Oblate. The novice-oblate will be supported by a senior as their formation master who will support their work and to whom they will send reflections (reports). At the conclusion of the two year formation period, the Novice Oblate may petition for Full Oblation. If accepted, the Novice Oblate will make the Benedictine promises of Obedience, Stability and Conversion of Life before the community during a Mass at the Spring convocation.