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Upon This Tradition and Spirituality of Leadership – Oblate Formation

4073134918_e2107aa278_oSeptember’s oblate formation class was titled “Upon This Tradition and Spirituality of Leadership.” The title sounded daunting; the course consisted of storytelling. Three sisters and the prioress shared the stories of:

  • Benedict and Scholastica
  • the two sisters and one oblate who came to America from Germany, and established a priory in Pennsylvania
  • how the work moved them to Minnesota, and the growth there
  • the founding of St. Paul’s Monastery
  • the effects of Vatican II
  • the sisters’ own personal stories of coming to and living as a Benedictine (these were the most memorable stories)

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The Benedictine Values

The following are the Benedictine values as articulated by the sister’s of St. Paul’s Monastery. For the most part, I find them aligned with the Wesleyan membership commitments and in many ways with Living Stones Discipleship.

  • Awareness of God (R.B. 19)
  • Community Living (R.B. 23)
  • Dignity of Work (R.B. 48)
  • Hospitality (R.B. 53)
  • Justice (R.B. 57)
  • Listening (R.B. 48)
  • Moderation (R.B. Prologue)
  • Peace (R.B. 4, 73)
  • Respect for Persons (R.B. 72)
  • Stability (R.B. 58)
  • Stewardship (R.B. 31)

These values are also articulated in The Oblate’s Prayer.

obisbO God, help us to become people of prayer and peace. Though scattered far and wide, help us to be together in the spirit of your love. Give us hearts wide enough to embrace each other as well as those whose lives we touch. Enable us to listen and to learn from each other and those around us each day. May we be models in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities of wise stewardship, dignified human labor, sacred leisure, and reverence for all living things. Above all, O God, may our presence among others be a constant witness of justice, compassion, and hope to all. Amen.

R.B. – The Rule of S. Benedict
The Oblate’s Prayer – Adapted from the Alliance for International Monasticism Prayer by Sue Walkoviak, OblSB, St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, MN

Initial Oblate Application Part 2

180px-Medalla_San_BenitoQuestion 2: How will you get there? This question asks further questions. How will you invest yourself in the Formation Program? How can you use the resources available in the community around you to assist in your formation? Will there be retreats, days of prayer, and spiritual direction available to you and will participate in some of them? What tools (such as keeping a log or journal) can you use to grow in a contemplative stance toward your life and work/ministry? Continue reading Initial Oblate Application Part 2

Initial Oblate Application Part 1

180px-Medalla_San_BenitoQuestion 1: What are you looking for? These are the first words spoken by Jesus in the Johannine gospel addressed to the disciples who begin to follow him. This question is addressed to each candidate before beginning the year-long formation for Oblates. What are your hopes, goals and desires as you embark on this adventure? How do you hope to grow in Christian discipleship? Why does this seem to be the right time for you to consider becoming an Oblate? Continue reading Initial Oblate Application Part 1