Benedictine Oblates are lay persons who wish to incorporate Benedictine values in their own lives. They share in the graces God generously gives to our order. We initiated the formation of oblates in 1997 and to date have been blessed with more than 60 lay associates of our monastery. One of the values that they aspire to is the deepening of their prayer life through meditation on the Word of God with the desire to live it fully and faithfully.
A recent activity among the oblates has been studying and reflecting on the words of our late great Pope John Paul II in the Gospel of Life where he exhorts us to transform our culture into a “civilization of love.” His words have resonated deep in our hearts and this has brought about a great desire to impact our society with Gospel values concerning the sanctity of human life, from natural conception to natural death.
Oblates also keep in touch with our community in Starr County, working and praying with us. They have helped construct our adoration chapel and monastic residence, as well as become involved in our pro-life apostolate, for example.
Becoming an oblate involves a year of formation where candidates study and reflect on the Rule of St. Benedict. Candidates are gradually incorporated into the community and then make a final oblation during the annual oblate retreat. Oblate formation can be done in either Spanish or English.