Oblates 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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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