HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

1703 MACOMBER STREET, TOLEDO, OHIO 43606

PHONE: 419.206.2190 / E-MAIL amdg@bex.net

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BECOME AN OBLATE BENEDICTINE

IN THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE COMMUNITY?

 

Oblate Benedictine are Orthodox or Catholic men and women, married or single, who live in the world and enjoy and support their families while holding down their usual employment and social ties.  It is not necessary to be Orthodox to be an Oblate in the Celtic Orthodox Benedictine community.   Membership is open to all Catholics and Orthodox Christians who live in Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan.  After all; there is only One Lord, One Faith and One Baptism. 

 

‘Oblate’ literally means ‘one who is offered’. Originally in the Rule of

St Benedict it referred to children who were ‘offered’ by their parents

to the monastery for formation and education. When these children

reached the age of decision they could chose to stay on in the monastery

or leave and live outside. These who left would often keep close links

to the monastery. Later on, in the middle Ages, it referred to

lay people who wanted to be linked to the spirituality of St Benedict

by becoming associated with a particular monastery.

 

 

OBLATE BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY IS SCRIPTURE BASED

 

THE DIVINE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS AND THE

DAILY PRAYER AND STUDY OF SACRED

SCRIPTURE ARE THE TWIN PILLARS

UPON WHICH REST OUR HOPE FOR SALVATION

(Bishop Brian Kennedy, O.S.B.)

 

NO ONE’S VICTORY ALONE – A SENSE OF COMMUNITY

 

Alongside daily prayer Oblates have a growing sense of being part of

a community and receive the support from being part of something larger

than just themselves.  They integrate more fully into the Orthodox

and Catholic faith experience through the Mass, the Scriptures and

meeting others who share their desire to walk more closely with God in Christ.

 

THE RULE OF ST. BENEDICT IN EVERY DAY LIFE

 

Apart from the prayer and community there is the creative venture of

living out the spirituality of St Benedict in our daily lives. Primarily

that means applying it to the context of family, relationships, leisure

time and the workplace, living a life of prayer and meditation though

the commitments, opportunities and responsibilities of our life. The

Rule needs to be adapted to circumstances in a spirit of obedience to

The call of the Holy Spirit, stability and conversion of life. ‘The tools for

good works’, as St. Benedict calls them, need to be used creatively. The

way we live out our Oblation and calling is unique for each person. 

 

LET US LOVE AND SERVE THE LORD

BY LOVING AND SERVING EACH OTHER

 

St. Benedict writes in his Prologue to the Rule: “We intend to establish

a school for the Lord’s service".  In founding it we hope to introduce

nothing harsh or burdensome. If your experience convicts you of sin, do not

at once be dismayed and fly from the way of salvation, as we know

the way to salvation is narrow. For as we advance in the religious life and in

faith, our hearts expand and we run the way of God’s commandments

with joy and gladness.

 

HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/two.html

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

BISHOP BRIAN KENNEDY, O.S.B.

amdg@bex.net