St. Benedict's Monastery on the Red




Oblates of St. Benedict

What Is An Oblate of St. Benedict? Benedictine Oblates are Christian women and men who choose to affiliate themselves with a Benedictine Monastery while continuing to live and work in their own homes and communities.  Benedictine Oblates publicly promise to live the Benedictine way of life and the monastic values of prayer, community, hospitality and service in their own milieu.

Our Oblate community is ecumenical, coming from a variety of Christian traditions including Anglican, Lutheran, Mennonite, Catholic and others.

Whatever good work you begin to do, beg of Him with most earnest prayer to perfect it.

Why Become a Benedictine Oblate? Men and women become Oblates to be supported and enriched in their seeking of God, in particular through praying the liturgy of the hours and lectio divina,rooted in scripture. Being an Oblate of St. Benedict is a way of life. This is what the community of Oblates offers:

  • Monthly meetings on a Sunday 2:45-4:45 including learning sessions, discussion, lectio divina.
  • Liturgy of the Hours and a meal with the community following our meetings.
  • Monthly study sessions for Oblate candidates.
  • Support in prayer between meetings.
  • Annual overnight retreat.
  • Opportunity to participate in the Sisters’ community conference retreat.
  • Mutual ongoing support of the Monastic community.


Guy Shelemy became an Oblate candidate in the spring of 2017 after over a year of participating in Oblate gatherings.
Currently the Oblate community is studying Benedictine Spirituality.
One of our oblates, Paul Langel has composed a song just for the Oblates based on Psalm 116. “We will walk in the presence of the Lord”.

For information on the Benedictine Oblates contact Sister Mary Coswin, OSB at 204-338-4601.