What is the future for oblates? As Benedictines, both professed and oblates, we are living in rapidly changing times. Increasing numbers of people are making oblation at Benedictine monasteries while at the same time most monasteries have fewer resources to support oblate programs.
Perhaps this is the time that Isaiah spoke of: “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19) It is a time of change and new possibilities for those called to live the Benedictine way as oblates.
At “Oblates for the Future Symposium 2018″ we will explore the future of the oblate vocation in days ahead. Over the course of five days we will discuss: lay associates of monasteries through history, oblate leadership, oblate participation in monasteries, oblate formation, oblates developing a vision of the future. The symposium will offer a combination of keynote speakers, facilitated discussions, break-out sessions and time for informal networking and visioning with oblates from across North America.
Plan now to join us next year!
The symposium will be held at the Spirit Center of the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho, a beautiful, modern facility set in the scenic rural Idaho.
Dates: October 8-12, 2018
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