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Oblates of Annunciation Monastery
The Oblates of Annunciation Monastery are Christian individuals or couples who have associated themselves with a Benedictine Community in order to enrich their Christian way of life.
They shape their lives by living the wisdom of Christ as interpreted by St. Benedict. They seek God by striving to become holy in their chosen way of living. By integrating their prayer and work, they demonstrate Christ's presence in society.
Oblates of Annunciation Monastery concern themselves with striving to be what they are, people of God. Their prayer life flows from this awareness, as does their willingness to offer themselves for the service of God and neighbor to the best of their ability.
These men and women promise to lead an enriched Christian life according to the Gospel as reflected in the rule of St. Benedict. In this way they share in the spiritual benefits of the women and men of Benedict who are dedicated to the monastic life by vows.
Oblate Meeting Schedule 2012-2013
Theme and Resources We Will Use: This year, we will use Norvene Vest's book, "Preferring Christ, a Devotional Commentary and Workbook on the Rule of St. Benedict." Norvene made her oblation with St. Andrew's Abbey in California. This is the abbey where our Sister Rosemary DeGracia made her oblation before she joined Annunciation Monastery.
Norvene Vest states that St. Benedict wrote the Rule in the mode of Lectio Divina, and in order to best be appreciated, it is best read in that mode. Thus, this book is designed to provide a framework for slow and simple daily reflection, meditation and prayer on the Rule, in such a way we are reading in the spirit of Lectio Divina.
St. Benedict keeps us focused on Christ and emphasizes God's love in creation and especially in Christ and the urgent, wonderful and personal calling it is to respond to that love.
The transformation of our whole selves toward the preference, PREFER NOTHING TO THE LOVE OF CHRIST, is the goal of the Rule of Benedict.
Annunciation Monastery will host the North American Association of Benedictine Oblate Directors, July 12-17, 2013.
All conferences, housing and dietary will be at the University of Mary. Each monastery is allowed two oblates to attend this conference. (We will decide a fair way to choose our two oblates. We will need your help!) All volunteers may sit in on the conferences. Sister Thomas Welder and Father Terrence Kardong will be our speakers. It is a good time to meet other oblates. I will keep you informed!
~ Sister Patricia Schap, oblate director
For more information on the Oblates of Annunciation Monastery, contact Oblate Director Sister Patricia Schap at (701)255-1520.
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