BENEDICTINE OBLATES PERSONAL REFLECTIONS
"Listen carefully, my child, to my instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart." Prologue of the Rule of St. Benedict
Anne Rodenberg, OblSB
Oh God, you give me what I need, when I need it. Though I may wonder - and get angry, scared, indignant, confused, frustrated - Your good plan eventually revels itself.Read Her Article
Gwen Odney, OblSB
I was given the gift of time when I retired 9 years ago in 2013. One of my first gifts to myself after this momentous occasion, after some 40 years as a classroom teacher, was to spend a couple of nights at the Benedictine Center at St. Paul’s Monastery.Read Her Article
Jeff Dols, OblSB
I have always been drawn to religious orders as spiritual communities, or as Richard Rohr, OFM calls them “parachurch, or church on the side”.Read His Article
Jeanne Ferrian, OblSB
Browsing a bookstore while on a retreat I found the Work of God (A Benedictine Morning & Evening Prayer Book). In this book was information on Benedictines and Oblates.Read Her Article
Rebekah Taylor, OblSB
As a Benedictine Associate, I have found fellowship and purpose in the company of like-minded women. In our increasingly secular culture, it is not always easy to find companions who are devoted to Christ and the Church.Read Her Article
Samuel Rahberg, OblSB
I had the privilege of pursuing my vocation as an Oblate of St. Paul’s Monastery and as the former Director of the Benedictine Center. I very much value the challenging and encouraging edges of working in such close proximity to the monastic community.Read His Article
Travis Salisbury, OblSB
I sought out Oblate formation in 2014. The spark for this journey came through witness. A volunteer at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis went through a conversion that impressed me.Read His Article
BENEDICTINE OBLATES LEADERSHIP
My name is Sister Mary Lou Dummer. I serve the Community of St. Paul’s Monastery as Director of Oblates. My role is to journey with women and men from all Christian Faith Traditions who are seeking a deeper relationship with God by following the Gospels and the Rule of St. Benedict. They do this with community and an awareness of God in their personal and community prayer – the two pillars of living the Benedictine Way of Life in the 21st Century.
I am honored to be with them on this spiritual journey as we listen to God with the ear of our heart---a God who is always with us and loves us.
For more information on Oblation, or to begin this process, contact Sister Mary Lou Dummer, Oblate Director, at 651-777-8181 or email@example.com.