Oblates of Saint Benedict are Christian men and women who choose to associate themselves with a Benedictine religious community in order to strengthen their baptismal commitment and enrich their Christian way of life.
Christian men and women are attracted to the Oblate Program because they are seeking God in Jesus Christ and have begun to find Him. They hope to intensify their journey of faith through affiliation with Saint Vincent Archabbey and through commitment to the Christian values manifested by the monastic community and its Oblates.
The officiant at the ceremonies may be the Archabbot, the Director of Oblates, the moderator of a local deanery, or another delegated monk of the Archabbey. The officiant may also be a professed Benedictine monk of another monastery, a Catholic diocesan priest, or a Catholic permanent deacon provided that the person has received official permission through correspondence with the Director of Oblates.
Each year an Oblate Retreat is held at Saint Vincent Archabbey. This three-day retreat usually coincides with the opportunity for retreatants to attend a priesthood and/or diaconate ordination Mass at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.
Information about the life of Saint Benedict comes from Book II of the Dialogues by Pope Saint Gregory the Great (590-604). Benedict was born about the year 480 A.D. in Nursia, a small town north of Rome, Italy.