Oblate News

Feast of Saint Benedict and Celebration of Jubilees of Oblation July 11
All Oblates, Oblate novices, and their guests are welcome to attend the festive Mass for the Feast of St. Benedict at the Archabbey Basilica at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11.The Mass will include the profession of solemn vows. Oblates are invited to stay for lunch and for a meeting at 2 p.m., for Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. and for supper.
 
Novices to Profess First Vows on Monday, July 10
Oblates are welcome to attend the ceremony for the profession of first vows at Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. in the Archabbey Basilica on Monday, July 10. Those wishing to stay for supper should contact Fr. Donald.
 
Oblate Day in September, Day of Recollection in October
Our annual “Oblate Day” will be held on Sunday, September 24, and Father Brian Boosel, O.S.B., will serve as the main speaker at 3:45 p.m.
 
2017 Schedule
Oblates from all locations are welcome to the monthly meetings of the Latrobe Deanery of Oblates, mostly at 6:45 p.m. in seminary classroom Brownfield 202 on Sundays. Classes on Benedictine spirituality will continue to be offered at 3 p.m. on the same dates.  Those wishing to be present for Vespers and supper should phone Father Donald (724-805-2291) in advance. 
 
NAABOD Conference in Duluth July 14-19, 2017
It was recently announced that the 2017 meeting of the North American Association of Benedictine Oblate Directors will take place at Saint Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota, on July 14-19. The theme of the conference will be “Benedictine Values & Practices: Tools for Living, Tools for Life.” Two Oblates affiliated with Saint Vincent Archabbey are welcome to attend. Those who attend should be active in their deaneries and have the capacity to share with our Oblate community whatever they gain from the conference. Subsidies from the Oblate Office are available to help with travel expenses. If you are interested, please contact the Oblate Office.
 
New Program For Oblate Novice Formation
A new program for the formation of Oblate novices was recently begun after many months of preparation. The package of 12 lessons was assembled largely by Oblates Deborah Johnston and Mary Ann Kaufman. The program is available currently for those who have been invested on or after July 10, 2016, although it may be extended to others in the future. The lessons and responses to questions can be conveyed by E-mail or U.S. mail. Fr. Donald is grateful to Mary Ann and Deborah for preparing and launching this long-awaited program.
 
World Congress Of Oblates November 4-10, 2017
Another World Congress of Oblates in Rome is being planned for November 4-10, 2017. Several Oblates have expressed interest in attending. The details are still forthcoming. If you are an Oblate who has been active in the Oblate Program and/or in your local deanery and would like to consider attending, contact the Oblate Office. Subsidies are available to help to cover expenses.  
 
Oblate Clothing and Apparel Items for Purchase
 Oblate Bill Gibson of Wheeling, WV, has been coordinating this project. Oblates are welcome to shop online by going to web site http://www.stbenedict.qbstores.com. Following instructions, they are asked on this “St. Vincent Oblate Logo Store” to provide basic information to create a personal account and to make purchases. Purchases are paid for online via credit card. If anyone would like more information about this, he or she may ask for a flier from the Oblate Office or may contact the e-mail address wmsgibson@comcast.net (with the subject line “SVA Oblate Store”).
 
Talks Presented to Latrobe Deanery Available on CDs and DVDs
Thanks to Father Andrew, talks given at Oblate meetings in Latrobe (when the presenter is willing and when someone is able to videotape) are available to those who desire to have CDs or DVDs. Orders will be taken only by Saint Vincent College Book Center unless one attends monthly meetings in Latrobe (where orders will still be taken for recent presentations). Please see the order form on the flier attached to this newsletter.
 
Oblate Meetings at Various Locations
Provided is a list of the times and locations of various Oblate meetings.
 
Mentoring Program and Prayer-Partner Program
The Mentoring Program for guiding inquirers and Oblate novices in Benedictine spirituality is in need of volunteers to serve as mentors. If you would like to mentor in this way or if you are an inquirer or an Oblate novice who would like to have an Oblate mentor, please contact 305makaufman@gmail.com. Those who offer to be mentors receive a booklet of guidelines. Also, if you would like to have another Oblate or Oblate novice as a prayer-partner, please contact. If you would like to have a monk as a prayer-partner, please contact Father Donald or Brother Joachim at the Oblate Office. Also, if you are a mentor and would like guidance and support from other mentors, please contact the Oblate Office.
 
Adoration for Vocations
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Saint Gregory Chapel. Oblates are urged to use these times for Eucharistic Adoration, if possible, especially on the Sundays of Oblate classes and meetings, to pray for vocations, especially to the Archabbey.
 
Items Available from the Oblate Office
The listed items are available through the Oblate Office:
 
Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations
Eucharistic adoration is being held every Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. in Saint Gregory Chapel at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe. Oblates are encouraged to attend and pray for vocations to the religious life and the priesthood.
 
Revised Prayer-Partner Program
Beginning January 1, 2017, the Prayer-Partner Program will involve a revised procedure. Upon making final Oblation, each new Oblate will be assigned to pray for a monk who has agreed to participate in the program. The monk will also be encouraged to pray for the Oblate. There is no contact by mail, e-mail, or phone unless both parties request it. After the program has been in effect for a while, those who have already been full Oblates may also request a monk as a prayer-partner. Prayer-partners matched under the previous system will continue as long as both parties agree to the continuation