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Oblates celebrate family, new addition

Oblates celebrate family, new addition - (28-12-2023)

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PHOTO: Deborah Crosbie signs her pledge as a Benedictine Oblate

Phoenix (Arizona) Oblates hosted a Day of Renewal with oblates from East Valley and Tucson in attendance. Highlighting the day was the ceremony of the Rite of Oblation for Deborah Crosbie, followed by Renewal of Oblation and a delicious luncheon.

“It was wonderful being together for this special occasion,” Oblate Director Sister Kathleen Clare Lahl, OSB said. “Congratulations and welcome to Deborah!”

Oblates are are women and men, married or single, who, in their own way of life, with their ordinary family and social duties, find support and ongoing growth in holiness through spiritual association with a particular monastic community.

Oblates are strengthened by affiliation with a vowed monastic community in worship, reverence, humility, universal love, and stability of purpose, incorporating the spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict and adapting monastic practices to their chosen way of life. Increasing their vital participation in the life of their own faith community, they offer themselves (the meaning of the word oblate) for the service of God and neighbor by word and example. No specific additional prayers, practices, or devotions are required of them although having a personal prayer practice is essential to the monastic value of mindfulness of God and unceasing prayer.

For more information about our Oblate program, please visit here.