Benedictine oblates are women and men, married or single, who follow a variety of faiths and choose to become formally affiliated with a monastery. They study and incorporate many Benedictine monastic practices into their own daily lives. They make a formal promise to follow the Rule of St. Benedict in their private life as closely as their individual circumstances and prior commitments permit. Oblates do not constitute a separate religious order, but are considered an extended part of the monastic community.
Benedictine oblates at the Osage Forest of Peace are affiliated with the Clyde Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri. Sister Sarah Schwartzberg, OSB, is congregational oblate director and she occasionally travels to the Forest of Peace to hold retreats and instruct the oblates.
The oblates meet on the first Sunday of the month, September through May, at 11:30 a.m. in the Bede Building. There is no charge for the meeting, but the Forest gladly accepts donations. Visitors are always welcome to attend. For those who are interested in becoming an oblate, there is a one-year novice period after which the novitiate takes vows in a public ceremony to become a member.
At the monthly meetings, oblates gather to engage in a book study. For the 2017-2018 year, participants are reading The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr. For more information, contact the Osage Forest of Peace at (918) 245-2734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.