What's an Oblate?

Visit the Saint Leo Abbey Oblate's website for the definition of a Benedictine Oblate.

People seeking a way to practice a more balanced life of prayer and work may find it in the 1,500-year-old monastic Order of St. Benedict as a Benedictine Oblate. 

The spiritual teaching of the earliest Egyptian desert fathers continues to be practiced today through the prayer lives of Benedictine monks, an ancient Catholic order credited with preserving western civilization during the dark ages.  Modern Benedictine monks are fulfilling the same role in today’s spiritual dark ages.

During monthly Oblate sessions at the monastery, Abbot Isaac Camacho, OSB teaches Oblates at St. Leo Abbey how to balance a life of prayer and work.  Oblates are encouraged to pray with the monks and learn to incorporate the ancient monastic practice of lectio divina, the divine office, and the Rule of St. Benedict into their everyday lives.
The Benedictine monks of St. Leo Abbey welcome all Christian men and women to participate in the Oblate program.  Oblates are lay people from all walks of life.

Information on becoming a novice Oblate and Oblate at Saint Leo Abbey is here on the website.

St. Leo Abbey is located in St. Leo, Florida, USA, 45 minutes north of Tampa.  Contact us.


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